February 23, 2022

What Can you Expect at ViVE and HIMSS?

Written by: 

Mike Murphy

, Director of Business and Industry Analytics

March is quickly approaching and, for a lot of us, that means gearing up for HIMSS. HIMSS22 takes place mid-month in Orlando and is narrowly intersected by ViVE, a new healthcare conference debuting in Miami Beach. Forward Advantage is attending both conferences and hopes to reconnect with many of you in person. To help you plan, we compiled a quick overview of both events and the sessions we think are most beneficial.


ViVE 22

VIVE is a new digital health event taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in the second week of March 2022. More than 250 industry leaders will speak at ViVE from March 6-9, 2022, including:

  • David Feinberg, M.D., President and CEO, Cerner
  • Margaret-Mary Wilson, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, UnitedHealth Group
  • Frans van Houten, CEO, Philips
  • Kim Majerus, Vice President, Public Sector State & Local Government and Education, Amazon Web Services
  • Marc L. Boom, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Houston Methodist
  • Geeta Nayyar MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Salesforce
  • Dr. Micky Tripathi, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mariann Yeager, CEO, The Sequoia Project
  • Terry Myerson, CEO, Truveta
  • Alisa Bergman, Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Adobe

ViVE combines the thought leadership of CHIME and the digital marketplace of HLTH to create a technology event focused on healthcare’s business transformation. The event is designed to spark dialogue, creativity, and collaboration across sectors to drive the current revolution in digital health to its best outcomes for patients from all walks of life. It is launching with significant support from more than 300 sponsors and event supporters. Organizers are estimating about 4,000 attendees, with many holding senior management and strategy roles in their organizations.

The components of the conference include educational sessions, curated matchmaking opportunities through the Hosted Buyer and Funding Founders programs, an expo hall with technology vendor exhibits, and pavilions focused around cybersecurity, interoperability, telemedicine and health startups, and a Techquity program to facilitate health equity across lines of culture demographics and systems. As of early February, 194 exhibitors are registered for the show.

ViVE Sessions of Interest

Monday, March 7th

  • Cybersecurity Vulnerability Management @ 9 a.m.
  • Point-of-Care Genomics Breaking Out of the Lab @ 10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8th

  • Designing a Data-Forward Digital Enterprise @ 9 a.m.
  • Setting the Future on FHIR or Setting FHIR on Fire @ 10 a.m.
  • Icing the Patient Experience Cake with Automation @ 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9th

  • Maneuvering the Medication Management Maze @ 11 a.m.

ViVE will offer the option to attend the event virtually online through a digital-only ticket, but in-person attendees will also have access to the digital event platform as part of their registration to view live and on-demand sessions during and after the event.

In addition, CHIME will hold its Spring Forum in conjunction with the conference for members and industry partners to exchange ideas and update the status of multiple key initiatives.



HIMSS22 will be held March 14-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. As usual, most of the keynote speakers are celebrities and senior executives from other industries with little or no healthcare experience, except for one. Keynote speakers include:

  • Angela Duckworth, Founder and CEO, Character Lab
  • Jen Johnson, MBA, Executive Consultant and former F-16 pilot
  • John Mackey, Co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market
  • James Murphy, Founder and Chairman of Afterburner
  • Scott Pelley, CBS Broadcast Correspondent and Journalist
  • Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Ben Sherwood, Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC TV
  • Tamara Sunbul, MD, Medical Director Clinical Informatics, Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare
  • Diane Swonk, Chief Economist and Managing Director, Grant Thornton
  • Johnny Taylor, President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management

Much larger than ViVE, HIMSS22 will feature a more extensive agenda of educational sessions, keynote presentations, many specialty pavilions and a large exhibit hall of sponsors and vendors. There are 784 organizations included on the Exhibitor list as of early February. Prior to the start of the pandemic, over 35,000 people typically attended the conference, but this year about 20,000 attendees are expected. These attendees are more diverse than those attending VIVE and although senior executives attend, most will be mid-level employees of their organizations, with strong representation from IT and other technology domains such as clinical informatics and data analytics.

Education sessions fall into various topic areas, including business/finance, healthcare, data and information, organizational governance, process, policy, technology and workforce. Sessions that are worth noting include those in the consumer/patient experience category, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity and privacy, digital health technology and interoperability. Although many sessions cover product offerings from vendors, the sessions that feature health system representatives presenting the results of their health IT initiatives will have the greatest value.

HIMSS22 Sessions of Interest

Wednesday, March 16th

  • Optimizing the Access Experience for Patients @ 10 a.m.
  • The Impact of Event Notification Services on Care Coordination @ 4 p.m.
  • Knocking on Digital’s Front Door @ 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 17th

  • Developing a Digital Road Map @ 11:30 a.m.
  • Digital Identity as Control Plane for Healthcare IT Security @ 4 p.m.

The above feature presentations are all by health system representatives. Also of note, the HIMSS CMIO Roundtable at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15th includes representatives from Avera Health, Providence Health and HCA Healthcare and is moderated by Christine Silva, Director of Product Management at MEDITECH.

For Virtual Attendees

There is also a digital program with four days of exclusive live content and a library of on-demand sessions. The intent is to include participants who cannot join the main conference in person. A number of preconference forums and symposia are being held in advance covering cybersecurity, machine learning and AI, interoperability, patient experience, nursing informatics, global health equity, clinically integrated supply chain and professional development.


The Takeaway

HIMSS has been an important healthcare event for a long time, and Forward Advantage welcomes ViVE’s arrival as a new collaborative platform for digital health. These opportunities provide a meaningful way to connect with other health IT thought leaders and members of the healthcare community. We also hope you connect with us to strategize for the coming months!

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