A Commentary from Federal Business

Visit the VA Trail for HIMSS23

by | Jan 13, 2023


HIMSS23 is right around the corner. Are you getting ready to attend? HIMSS23 is the premier health IT conference and exhibition that brings together 50,000 healthcare professionals from around the world. This year’s event will be held from April 17-21, 2023 in Chicago. The theme of this year’s conference is “Health that Connects + Tech that Cares”. The goal of this event is to bring together healthcare providers, medical centers, vendors, and technology experts in order to drive innovation in healthcare technology.  Attendees have access to educational sessions, networking opportunities, and innovative technologies that can improve patient care. With thousands of attendees in one place for four days of knowledge sharing and collaboration – there really isn’t another experience like this for anyone in healthcare IT.



Having said that, for many visitors from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), particularly the Office of Information and Technology (OIT), the size and scope of HIMSS23 can be daunting. An attendee only has so much time to attend sessions, walk the floor, participate in events, etc. It is easy to get lost in a forest of booths, sessions, presentations, breakfasts, coffees, lunches, dinners, and happy hours. It can be intimidating because there always seems to be too much to see, too many people to meet, too far to go, and too little time.

With so many booths and vendors to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. How does a busy VA executive choose which exhibitors to engage and which booths to visit? That is where VA Trail for HIMSS23 comes in. The VA Trail is a free online guide for IT professionals serving the VA health mission. The VA Trail helps you navigate your way through the hundreds of booths with a goal of maximizing the return on the time you invest. We created the VA Trail by reviewing every one of the hundreds of HIMSS23 exhibitors, then selected companies and organizations whose products and services – we believe – merit the most attention due to their relevance to the VA mission.

The VA Trail is now live on our Business of VA website.  If you’re going to HIMSS23, make use of the VA Trail to help you get the most out of your time in attendance! See you at HIMSS23!