A HIMSS Event | SANTA CLARA, CA | SEPT. 16-18, 2019

September 16-18, 2019 | Santa Clara, CA

HIMSS19: Top 9 Sessions Investors, Startups Can’t Afford to Miss

By Heather Munro, freelance writer focusing on emerging technology.

From blockchain and telehealth to artificial intelligence and wearable tech, 2019 is shaping up to be a transformative year for healthcare. No one knows this better than the healthtech entrepreneurs, startups and investors working to make an impact in this complex field.

HIMSS19 is the perfect place for strategic investors, venture capitalists, corporate innovation funds, accelerator programs, private equity firms and industry analysts to explore what’s next. Scheduled from February 11 to 15 in sunny Orlando, Florida, this jam-packed conference connects more than 45,000 health information and technology professionals, clinicians, executives and market suppliers from around the world.

With more than 300 education sessions spanning 24 topics, plus nearly 500 more on the exhibit floor, the conference includes many sessions designed for healthtech entrepreneurs, startups and investors. Here’s a look at 9 not to miss:

1. Opening Keynote: Will Consumer-Directed Exchange Disrupt the Healthcare Marketplace?

Dive into what’s driving change with HIMSS CEO Hal Wolf as he leads a discussion  about the latest Innovations affecting healthcare today. Hear what these prominent speakers have to say:

  • Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor and founder of Leavitt Partners, a healthcare intelligence business that helps clients successfully navigate the evolving role of value in health care.
  • Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, an open data intelligence service launched by Hunch Analytics
  • Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, is a physician who is a Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • Seema Verma, is an Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

2. Health 2.0 VentureConnect

Now that Health 2.0 is part of HIMSS, here’s your chance to join the biggest players in health tech investing and get a glimpse of the most promising technologies primed to disrupt the health care experience. Held on Wednesday, Health 2.0 VentureConnect is a one-day program featuring a diverse group of investment leaders from across healthcare and rising startups, plus a rapid-fire pitch competition for vetted Series A health tech companies. Last year, MedCrypt, a California-based startup that uses APIs to help medical device companies secure themselves against hackers and security breaches, won the prestigious competition.

3. MarketConnect Live

Is your healthtech ready for to go? Do you need to get in front of potential clients? HIMSS and the Health 2.0 Innovation Team teamed up to create MarketConnect, a strategic matchmaking event that helps market-ready tech companies connect with hospital executives looking to integrate vetted technologies into their organizations.

4. Scaling Your Startup: A Workshop for Entrepreneurs

Get practical advice for taking your company to the next level. This  three-hour workshop covers navigating the launch of a new venture, how to structure and hire a sales team inside your company, how to target, message to, and reach your ideal customers as well as strategies for successfully contracting legal, security and IT reviews.

5. Investor Lounge

Open throughout the conference, the Investor Lounge is available to entrepreneurs and investors looking for the next big thing and to make connections with like-minded peers.

6. Innovation Live

Get up close with cutting-edge technologies and engage with some of the leading incubators for startup organizations. Featuring demos on everything from blockchain to artificial intelligence, here’s just a few of the 34 sessions planned:

7. Innovation Symposium

Get tactical guidance, new ideas and proven practices—in repeatable methods and frameworks—to help address an innovator’s most daunting challenges. From operational capabilities and competency metrics to approaches for scaling, funding and partnering for innovation, you'll take away shortcuts to proven strategies to help you take action now.

8. Debut Square

New this year, Debut Square is a lively gathering area for attendees to experience the latest in healthcare innovation. Grab a comfortable seat with colleagues and watch Market Debut sessions, pitch competitions and presentations by award-winning startups and innovators.

9. NursePitch

Calling all nurse innovators and nurse entrepreneurs! In collaboration with the ANA (American Nurses Association), HIMSS is pleased to debut NursePitch—a nurse pitch Pre-Seed and Series A competition.

How to Get the Best Conference Experience

With five days of educational sessions, plus evening receptions and networking events, HIMSS19 also includes plenty of unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. To help you find the content most relevant to your professional role in the healthcare industry, we’ve introduced HIMSS Circles, a curated program designed optimize your experience. In addition, our conference mobile app has features to help you to continue to customize your time at HIMSS19.

Get the latest information on educational sessions, exhibitor listings, floor maps, networking opportunities, headline news and more with the official HIMSS19 Mobile App—download it at the App Store or Google Play.

Best of all, you can save on your registration fee if you’re a HIMSS member. And if you’re not a member, it’s not too late to join. Simply choose the membership option during registration—the price of membership ($199) and member registration ($925) combined is less than the cost of nonmember registration alone. See you in Orlando!


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