Healthcare IT Blog

A Day in the Life at HIMSS

Published on 04/07/2015 by Susan LaVita
Category: Blog, Healthcare IT, MEDITECH

Planning is well underway for this year’s HIMSS15 Annual Conference which will be held April 12– 16, Chicago, IL, at the McCormick Convention Center. If you have never attended a HIMSS Annual Conference, it is the largest health IT event in the industry. Last year’s conference, which was held in Orlando, FL drew nearly 38,000 Healthcare professionals, clinicians and executives from around the world to explore the value of health IT through education, networking and solutions – discovering new ways to advance innovation, make a greater impact and improve outcomes.

Those of you who have attended years past, you know how exhausting they can be. With more than 300 education programs, keynotes, thought leader sessions, roundtable discussions and e-sessions, preconference symposia, workshops, and networking, there is no rest for the weary. Not to mention all the vendor events in the evenings and sleepless nights from being out late the evening(s) before! And if that’s not enough, how about making your way through those several rather very large exhibitor halls the length of a few football fields with over 1200 exhibitors demonstrating the most cutting-edge technologies and services from leading health IT vendors. By the end of the conference, you’re sleep deprived, have blisters on your feet from all the miles you’ve walked, maybe even a little hung over from the night before, and all you want is to find a bottle of water!

HIMSS15 - this year’s theme “Transforming Health Through IT” is promising to be another successful and impactful conference where you will hear from the truly most transformational leaders in the health IT industry.  We hope you will take a few minutes to stop by and visit us at booth # 6015 (North Hall) and enter to win our daily raffle while talking with our Leadership and Sales Executive teams. Matt Donahue, our CTO, will be presenting “Leveraging VMware NSX to Produce High Availability in a Cloud Environment for Clinical Applications” in VMware’s Booth #2268 (South Hall), Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00 am. Matt hopes to see you there and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding NSX and/or any other questions you may have. We will also be hosting our Customer Appreciation Event on Monday April 13 at Tesori’s. If you didn’t receive an invitation and would like to attend, please contact me at susan.lavita@parkplaceintl.com, we’d love for you to join us.

And oh by the way, to make things a little easier for you, our booth is right across the aisle from MEDITECH booth #6315 where they will be showcasing their Web-based Ambulatory, mobile and Patient and Consumer Health Portal solutions, as well as providing education sessions on interoperability, disruptive technology, and why moving to 6.1 is a no-brainer. We are delighted to be a sponsor of MEDITECH’S Customer Appreciation Event Tuesday April 14, at Moe’s Cantina River North from 7:00 – 10:00pm.

So a little word of advice, don’t forget to pack your comfortable shoes. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


Susan LaVita


Susan LaVita serves as Marketing & Events Manager at Park Place International. With 30+ years of sales, marketing and recruiting experience in the MEDITECH community, Susan works with the PPI team to bring solutions to market that meet evolving customer needs and help MEDITECH hospitals achieve the goal of operational sustainability.