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Heading into HIMSS’16: Three Industry Perspectives on Healthcare’s Largest Gathering

As we literally take a break from packing our bags for our upcoming trip to Las Vegas to attend HIMSS’16, we thought we would share with you some recent conversations we’ve had with healthcare IT veterans who are also making the annual pilgrimage to our industry’s largest conference and exhibition.

We will share each individual’s interview in its entirety after we return from Nevada, but we wanted to offer the personal perspectives each healthcare IT has relative to HIMSS before you go to the show. 

(Editor’s note: To hear audio excerpts of these interviews, click on the media player buttons that run throughout this article.)


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Bob Rossi, Vice President, Healthcare Sales, CDW Healthcare

Bob Rossi, Vice President, Healthcare Sales, CDW Healthcare (HIMSS’16 booth#3606) spoke with us recently about CDW Healthcare’s Patient Engagement Perspectives Study.

Rossi stated the importance of planning prior to HIMSS. Effective planning, according to Rossi, prevents “floor fatigue,” distractions and ensures that your HIMSS experience is a productive one.



William J. O’Byrne, Executive Director, New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC)


We also recently spoke with William J. O’Byrne, Executive Director, New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) to learn more about his organization’s efforts to assist physicians achieve Meaningful Use to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and patient care management to patients in New Jersey. 

When asked about his plans for this year’s conference, O’Byrne talked about his love for the event, and the opportunities for networking and industry growth that come with it. He also described his experiences at past HIMSS conferences, and how it has grown over the years. 



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John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO, Geisinger Health

Finally, we spoke with John Kravitz, MHA, CHCIO, Geisinger Health, to learn about his new promotion and his vision of the future of his esteemed organization.

At the end of our conversation, Kravitz echoed Rossi’s sentiment and he talked about how he builds his agenda for HIMSS each year. A roadmap, according to Kravtiz, is vital in terms of keeping focused upon the vendors, educational sessions and networking opportunities that matter the most regarding the unique struggles and goals for your particular organization.