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HIMSS Returns to Chicago

Posted on January 10, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

The amazing part of this news is I’d heard a ton of bad things about the last time that HIMSS was in Chicago. Of course, HIMSS is based in Chicago and so it makes sense that they would want to help out the locals. I personally prefer Las Vegas, but I look forward to going to Chicago since I haven’t been there before.

Returning Tradeshow Signals Revival of Chicago’s Convention Industry
Tradeshow pulled out of city while industry was in flux, returns because of reforms

CHICAGO – Chicago’s first convention signing of the New Year is a monumental one. After pulling out of Chicago for its 2012 convention, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will return to Chicago for its Annual Conference & Exhibition in 2015 and 2019.

“Chicago is a leader in medical technology and for HIMSS, our attendees and exhibitors, an excellent, and accessible place to do business,” said H. Stephen Lieber, HIMSS President and CEO. Lieber explained that HIMSS received positive feedback from company representatives who have exhibited at McCormick Place since initial reforms were put in place last year. “We are pleased to be back in Chicago, now one of the cities and the Midwest location in our conference rotation. With the changes now in place, we look forward to HIMSS15 and HIMSS19 here in Chicago.”

HIMSS made headlines in late 2009 when it moved its 2012 convention from Chicago citing high costs. The move was a catalyst for the groundbreaking laws enacted by the Illinois General Assembly last spring. HIMSS is now the first show to recommit to Chicago after previously pulling out of the city citing reforms as key to its decision to return.

“HIMSS is a highly-regarded convention, and we are happy to welcome the show and its visitors from all over the world back to the City of Chicago,” said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. “Our city is a leader in both the medical and technology fields, and we are honored to play host to this important event that stands at the intersection of the two disciplines.”

“This signing is a great way to propel our convention industry into another year of progress,” said Jim Reilly, Trustee of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. “2010 was a groundbreaking year and the reforms made it all possible. We are moving the momentum forward, as we focus on ensuring our customers’ continued success in the New Year and beyond.”

HIMSS is the industry’s premier gathering for healthcare IT solutions. The show attracts 30,000 attendees from around the world and is expected to generate $33.6 million in direct expenditures during each convention it holds in the city.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome HIMSS back to Chicago and we are grateful for its role in driving reforms to bring about a new era in our visitor industry,” said Bruce V. Rauner, Chairman of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau. “HIMSS’ return is a true testament to the success of the reforms approved last spring and proves that we are well positioned for continued growth and vitality.”

More than a dozen shows have signed with Chicago in recent months, including the American Society of Nephrology, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), International Housewares Association, Association for Manufacturing Technology and the National Restaurant Association.

“Bringing this major medical convention back is a huge win for Illinois and will strengthen one of our most important economic engines — the visitor industry,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “A strong visitor industry is critical to driving more business and economic growth benefitting our city, state and Illinois taxpayers.”

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The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is the municipal agency that owns and operates McCormick Place, regarded as the premier convention center in North America, and seeks to promote and operate conventions, fairs and expositions in Chicago, in an effort to strengthen the local economy. The Authority is also charged with carrying out the recreational, commercial and cultural redevelopment and operation of historic Navy Pier, which has become the Midwest’s most popular tourist and leisure attraction. For more information, visit our web site at www.mpea.com.
The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau is the premier sales and marketing organization that promotes Chicago’s world-class assets to a global audience to ensure the economic vitality of the city and its member business community. For more information, visit our web site at www.choosechicago.com/.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

HIMSS 11 Offers RFID Tracking at Annual Conference

Posted on October 21, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I got an interesting press release from HIMSS today announcing that they’ll be using RFID technology to track foot traffic to exhibitors at the HIMSS annual conference:

HIMSS and Alliance Tech have partnered to offer booth traffic reporting and analysis for HIMSS exhibitors at the 2011 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition scheduled for Feb. 20-24, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.

“Understanding the needs and preferences of attendees at our annual conference has always been a priority for HIMSS,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President and CEO. “With the incorporation of RFID technology at HIMSS11, we are expanding conference benefits for both our exhibitors and attendees as they work together to find the best technology solution needed by the healthcare organization.”

It seems like an exaggeration to say that this is a benefit to attendees. I can see the value for the exhibitors. It’s going to be interesting to see how this is used. I’m not sure what I think about that tracking, but we’ll see how it’s used. I think many attendees will be less than happy about the idea.

What do you think of this?