Healthcare Conferences

HIMSS21 Call for Speakers Is Now Open

The following is an interview with Joann Klinedinst, M.ED., CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, FACHE, VP Professional Development at HIMSS and Gail Rice, HIMSS, Sr. Director, Professional Development at HIMSS to learn more about the HIMSS21 Call for Proposals that is now open.

Joann Klinedinst Gail RiceThe HIMSS21 Call for Proposals just opened, what are the important dates and deadlines people should know about?

The Call will remain open until November 2nd at 5pm CST.

Is there anything new or different we should know about the HIMSS21 Call for Proposals? 

For HIMSS21, content submission questions have been shorten and streamlined.

Is there a topic or type of presentation you’re looking for at HIMSS21?

For HIMSS21, there are 17 topic categories, which include two new categories:  Pandemic Response and Digital Health Transformation Leadership.  These are the topics we believe will address the concerns and needs of our audience. Closer to HIMSS21, there will be another call for late breaking topics, to make certain we address any new or emerging topics not received during this call.

New this year, we are soliciting 30-min Life Changing Innovation Sessions. These interactive 30-minute sessions will feature compelling real-world stories of innovation from different perspectives of the global health ecosystem. Through the use of storytelling, speakers will share their healthcare innovation journey.

What are the benefits of being selected as a HIMSS21 speaker?

  • Speakers receive a non-transferable, complimentary full conference registration.
  • Opportunity to present on a global stage.
  • Visibility and exposure to thousands of attendees from across the global health information and technology ecosystem.
  • Membership advancement and/or certification points for HIMSS members.

For those not familiar with the HIMSS conference speaker process, can you share a little bit more about what people can expect if they submit a proposal?

Submitters can expect to submit information across three sections to include but is not limited to:

  • Submission Information: Presentation title and topic category
  • Speaker Details: Speaker name(s), contact information, role (primary or co-speaker), speaking experience and biography (2 speaker max)
  • Content: Proposal details to include session description, learning objectives (written according to Bloom’s Taxonomy), target audience, methods, challenges, finding/results and conclusion.

What are some of the best practices people should look to employ in their submission?  Is there something that really makes a proposal stand out based on sessions that have been accepted in the past?

  • Abstracts that demonstrate the adoption and optimal use of health information and technology.
  • Real-world, practical focus on accomplishments.
  • Case studies highlighting best practices or beneficial use(s) of health information and technology.
  • Make certain the details of the presentation have been implemented prior to submission.
  • Ensure any research has been completed.
  • Make sure ideas can be validated
  • Make certain to cite all sources.
  • Include the good and the not so good (successes and failures) attendees appreciate hearing this, too.

Are there any things that people should avoid doing in their submissions?

  • Title inaccurately reflects content.
  • Learning objectives don’t match the session description.
  • Goals of the session are too broad or too limited in scope.
  • Avoid submitting incomplete information.
  • Above all else, avoid promotion of commercial interests or products.
    • Be objective and balanced
    • Include legitimate differences and contrasting views

Given the COVID-19 environment we’re in, if someone gets their session accepted and they can’t travel to Las Vegas for HIMSS21 (ie. sickness, employer restrictions, etc), will their be an option for them to present their session remotely?

Yes.  While we have “skyped in” speakers in the past due to inabilities to travel, we will accommodate those who are unable to travel on an as-needed basis.

About the author


John Lynn

John Lynn is the Editor and Founder of the nationally renowned blog network The Healthcare Scene network currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 7000 articles. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. Plus, Healthcare Scene recently added Health IT focused career resources and to the network.
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