Not wanting to miss the opportunity to join the big HIMSS party, I made the decision to attend HIMSS17 only for a day. What did that mean? A lot of walking, a lot of meetings, a lot of bouncing around, but, most importantly, a lot of fun. I got to see many friends, make new ones and learn a lot.
Preparation for the day began right at the beginning. That means dressing to show my part in the growing community of pinksocks. This helps set and remind that the tone should be community and coming together.
What does HIMSS look like at the beginning of the day? When working on toddler/baby time (which means earlier than you want), it is possible to get to HIMSS and see it in the calm before the storm.
It is not often that a picture can be taken with barely any people in it at HIMSS. However, that is what happens when you arrive before anything really opens or starts.
When faced with a fair amount of time before any meetings, I also had to check an item off of the HIMSS bucket list:
Of course, it was not possible to get the picture by myself. That was aided by a kind offer of mutual help through Twitter. Ashlie Johnson (@heyashlie) was nice to suggest that we both get our pictures.
Before fully venturing out into the wild day, I had to admit to being unaware of some social media use. Candidly, Snapchat is not in my ordinary repertoire. However, HIMSS had a fun geolocating frame to help more easily capture and tag the famous HIMSSelfie. Thankfully, Amanda Burkey (@a_burkey) was on hand to provide a crash course.
Now fully prepared, I began the day of meeting after meeting. While that does not necessarily sound like fun, each meeting was the chance to talk with someone new, learn something new and make a new connection, strengthen an old one or finally get the always sought after “in real life” meeting with a social media friend. As most readers of this blog would expect, the bulk of my meetings focused on HIPAA, privacy and security issues. There is a lot to discuss in that realm though, so there were no shortage of topics to consider.
While I do not have a good picture, I cannot leave out (and want to highlight) the group of fellow HIMSS17 Social Media Ambassadors. It is a diverse group (not all caught in this picture) who provide thoughts and insights into so many different areas of healthcare. It is a great group to learn from, get challenged by and to hang around with.
The pictures cannot do full justice to the busy day, but it was fantastic. The energy at HIMSS is palpable and inspiring.
In closing, here are few statistics to help shape the day:
- Ground time in Orlando – 24 hours and 30 minutes
- Miles walked – 9.2
- Meetings – 11
- Facebook Live or other video recordings – 5
- Friends seen or met – too many to count
- Tweets sent – not sure, but certainly quite a few
Even in a short time, it is possible to obtain a significant amount of value. I hope others feel the same and if you have not been before, maybe next year.