HIMSS16 survival guide: Making the most of your time in Las Vegas

In just a few days thousands of health IT professionals will descend upon Las Vegas for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) annual conference--and with hundreds of educational programs, events and vendor booths, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed.

To help you better navigate HIMSS16, we break down some of the most important topics that will be covered, the keynote speakers and how to use social media to keep track of it all.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Peyton Manning bookend keynote sessions

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell will give the opening keynote address on Monday at 5 p.m. Other keynote speakers will include: Michael Dell: Dell, the founder, chairman of the board of directors and CEO of the IT company that bears his name; Jonah Berger, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business; and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Keeping patients engaged in their care

Providers increasingly are looking for new ways to involve patients in their own care, especially as innovations make engagement easier than ever and as payment models shift from being volume- to value-based. There will be more a dozen sessions on patient engagement at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. We highlight a few of the myriad Consumer and Patient Engagement track sessions.

Connected health track offers diverse array of sessions, events

Tales from two Los Angeles healthcare organizations--one a technology-rich start-up hospital with an eye on community health, the other a venerable academic medical center doing research on cloud analytics and machine learning--illustrate the diversity of topics that will be covered in the connected health track at HIMSS 2016. We look at a sampling of the connected health sessions.

Handles, hashtags and lists

The tech-savvy crowd at HIMSS16 will take to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to share their experiences from the conference, highlight salient session quotes and spread breaking news. The official Twitter handle is @HIMSS and the go-to hashtag during the event will be #HIMSS16.

Editors from FierceHealthIT also will be in attendance to cover panels, speak one-on-one with HIT executives and write about the biggest news to come out of the conference. Make sure to follow Editor-in-Chief Gienna Shaw (@Gienna) and Senior Editor Dan Bowman (@Dan_Bowman) to get updates from Vegas, and check our site daily for exclusive coverage.