With HIMSS17 less than a week away, show attendees are putting the final touches on their schedules. Both clients and our own Brittany Boyer are getting ready to board a plane to Orlando to live and breath interoperability, patient engagement, cybersecurity and other healthcare trends for a jam-packed four days. Our healthcare practice at InkHouse has been non-stop in preparation - speaking with top reporters and show organizers for the inside scoop, finalizing client press releases and securing booth-side briefings.With 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors coming together for more than 300 education seminars, world-class speaking sessions and networking events, this year's show promises to be anything but lax. With bags soon-to-be packed, we asked a few clients and reporters if they could only bring one thing to the conference to survive the non-stop madness that is HIMSS, what would it be?
Overwhelmingly, respondents agreed on comfortable shoes! Xtelligent Media Editor and former Healthcare IT News Reporter Eric Wicklund shared:
"Running shoes. I've been to a decade's worth of HIMSS conferences and find that being able to move around quickly and easily is a necessity. Dress shoes don't work, either in the massive exhibit hall or in running from a first-floor education session to a third-floor keynote to a second-floor interview.
I used to think I'd look funny walking around HIMSS with running shoes, but I think the so-called dress code is waning (at least for footwear). Jeans and sweats might not be accepted just yet, but there is a certain amount of stylishness in looking comfortable and walking normally."
In addition to comfy footwear, Kathy Sucich, Senior Content and Communications Manager at Dimensional Insight said:
“I am going to HIMSS17 for 24 hours this year, with a jam-packed day of meetings. I am bringing with me my brand-new travel pillow, which I’ll need on the plane ride home after such a busy day!”
While comfort is key, here are a few more tips to keep in mind for a successful conference: