The Ultimate Guide to HIMSS 2021

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HIMSS 2021 Conference Overview

Conference Dates

8/9/2020 – 8/12/2020

Sunday: Registration / CIO Forum

Monday: Pre-Conference Events

Tuesday – Thursday: Main Conference

Friday: Closing Keynote


HIMSS 2021 Location

Las Vegas | Venetian-Sands Expo Center

201 Sands Ave

Las Vegas, Nevada 89169

Phone: (702) 733-5556


HIMSS 2021 Hotel Info

A variety of accommodation is available near the conference venue.

Check out the HIMSS site for more info.


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HIMSS 2020 Keynotes

HIMSS 2020 has five separate keynotes spread out across multiple days – with speakers ranging from IT pros and regulators to celebrities and athletes.

Here’s a quick overview of each keynote, where and when to see it, and whether it’s worth your time or alright to skip.


Digital Health Transformation: The Path Forward

Tuesday, March 10- 8:30AM- 10AM

Worth attending? — Yes! The morning keynotes at HIMSS are generally pretty educational and set the tone for the conference, and this one has a couple of industry heavy hitters.

Special Keynote Session

Wednesday, March 11- 5:30 PM-6:30 PM

  • Don Rucker, MD- National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
  • Seema Verma– Administrator for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Worth attending? — VERY. The ONC’s forthcoming interoperability regulations are sure to be the biggest topic for healthcare IT this year, and this is a rare chance to get info straight from the source.

The Humanity of Healthcare

Thursday, March 12- 8:30AM – 9:30AM

Worth attending? – Pass. Thrive Global’s focus on workplace wellness is a noble one, but unless you’re narrowly focused on stress, you should take Huffington’s own advice and get some extra sleep.

Two parties, One Stage: A Bold Fireside Chat with Political Party Leaders

Friday, March 13- 8:30AM – 10:30 AM

  • Terry McAuliffe – Former Governor of Virginia/Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
  • Chris Christie – Former Governor of New Jersey

Worth attending? – Neither Christie nor McAuliffe is at the forefront of current healthcare policy, so for most people we’d say “skip.” ( But if regulations are really your thing, it might be worth the time.)

Mindset of a Champion: A Discussion with Alex Rodriguez

Friday, March 13 1:15PM- 2:30PM

Worth attending? – Pass. HIMSS has a tendency to book athletes and entertainers for the late Friday spot, but most people will have already left and the topics tend not to be relevant.












HIMSS 2020 Tip:

Monday and Tuesday are the biggest nights for networking. Most events fill up quickly, so be sure to RSVP in advance.


HIMSS 2020 Parties & Receptions

At HIMSS 2020, networking is ESSENTIAL. Every day of the event will be jam-packed with receptions, happy hours, cocktail parties, after parties, and more.

Here’s a list of some of the events already available to get you started. Don’t forget to RSVP!

(And make sure you check back later – we’ll be adding more as they get posted…)


HDM & Blue Heron HIMSS Happy Hour
Wednesday March 11, 5PM – 7PM
Taverna Opa Orlando
9101 International Drive ##2240
Orlando, FL 32819

CHXD: Influencers in Health Networking
Wednesday March 11, 5:30 PM
Café Tu Tu Tango, 
8625 International Drive, 
Orlando, United States

Happy Hour with Health Gorilla 
Tuesday, March 10: 5PM-7PM
Hyatt Regency Orlando, 9801 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Accelerate Health Care Innovation at HIMSS 2020
Monday, March 9: 7PM- 10PM
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games – Orlando
9299 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

HIMSS NC & VA Chapters Networking Reception at HIMSS20
Monday, March 9: 7PM – 9PM
The Pub @ Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr #1003
Orlando, FL 32819

HIMSS20 – Chapter Networking Lunch Tickets, Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Tuesday, March 10: 11AM – 1PM 
Rosen Centre Hotel 
Grand Ballroom E
9840 International Drive
Orlando FL, 32819

TN HIMSS Chapter Reception at HIMSS20
Tuesday, March 10: 6PM – 8PM
The Pub Orlando
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

GDIT HIMSS20 Networking Event
Monday, March 9: 7PM-10PM
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

















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Kurt Schiller
Kurt Schiller was the Head of Content Marketing at Arcweb Technologies. A former technology journalist, he writes regularly about digital health, innovation, and product development.
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