The Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, and San Antonio Texas Chapters of the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) will hold a 2-day educational conference in Houston, Texas at the Westin Galleria on May 12-13, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference is “Houston, We Have a Solution”. This is our 8th Annual Regional Conference and we anticipate over 600-700 healthcare IT professionals will attend.
Are you looking for a way to stand out as a Healthcare Professional? We invite you to submit a proposal to speak at the conference. We are seeking presentations about the current challenges and emerging trends in clinical, management and IT aspects of healthcare. The Program Committee is interested in speakers representing a broad range of healthcare entities including public, non-profit, private, for-profit and the Department of Defense.
Presentations that address the following current healthcare IT topics are highly desired and vignettes of case studies are encouraged:
- Analytics - This could include population health, revenue cycle analytics, leveraging predictive modeling to predict outcomes, clinical decision support
- Consumer Driven Healthcare - This could include patient experience, healthcare disparities among different demographic groups, prevention and wellness, how is transparency being provided to the patient?…
- Relevant Legislation - This could include Meaningful Use status, telehealth reimbursement update, how has telehealth been adopted by delivery systems, reimbursement models, privacy and security, PPACA (Employer Excise Tax)
- Disruptors in Healthcare – This could include innovative wearables, retail clinics, care coordination, incentive models, managing outages or attacks on privacy and security
Topics may be submitted that are not specifically listed above but fall within the broad categories.
Each presentation slot will be 50-minutes. Presentations should be about 40 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for Q&A. Proposal submissions will be selected in a competitive peer-review process based on the following criteria:
- Value or relevance to attendees. Does this abstract contain information that attendees want to hear? Is there significant value to the attendees? Is the presentation relevant to current topics affecting healthcare? What are the practical applications of the ideas that are presented?
- How well does this presentation advance existing ideas and/or advance new ideas? Does this presentation advance existing ideas or present new ideas? Has this material been presented elsewhere where attendees may have been present?
- Timeliness of the focus of the presentation. There is no substitute for timeliness. Will the presentation be up-to-date and cutting-edge at the time of presentation in six to nine months? Will the topic have implications in the future? How relevant is the topic in the context of pending legislation, regulations and technology? Does the presentation document pre-and post-process or system changes?
- Did the presentation reach logical conclusions? Have the conclusions been supported with data? Is the data representative of the key points of the presentation? For example, have cost savings or increases been documented? Are effects to processes or outcomes measured and documented?
- How well are the purpose and outcomes of the session expressed. Is there a well-defined focus? Are referenced sources and data appropriately used? Is the writing clear, jargon-free, and coherent? The quality, completeness, and accuracy of the proposal will be a judging factor in the proposal selection process. Does the title accurately describe the presentation?
- Prior Experience and Communication Skills. Based on the clarity and language use in the proposal, is the speaker likely to deliver a lively and interesting presentation? Has the speaker documented prior speaking engagements? Do the authors have adequate and sufficient experience with the subject matter to give a presentation at this time? Do the authors have actual project or implementation experience? Does the authors’ presentation include a user perspective?