HIMSS18 Nordic delegation

The HIMSS Nordic Community will be traveling to HIMSS18 in Las Vegas in March 2018 for another spectacular gathering filled with learning and networking opportunities. Discover this year’s dedicated Nordic programme and offerings on this page, where you will find more information about the week’s activities, speakers and themes which will be addressed.

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HIMSS18 has the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health information and technology challenges – all at one time, all in one place. But how do you convince your boss, who may be hesitant to invest resources and work hours due to budget constraints and workplace demands… or who may have concerns about HIMSS18 being in Las Vegas?

Here’s how you can demonstrate the value of HIMSS18 – and help your boss understand why Las Vegas is the perfect place for you to get ready for the next stage of health.

Need more reasons? Check out the Top 12 Reasons to Attend HIMSS18! and find out more about the Nordic Programme:

HIMSS Nordic Workshop  Workshop Themes and Topics  Networking

Country Education Session Sweden  Country Education Session Denmark  Country Education Session Norway

HIMSS Nordic Workshop

The HIMSS Nordic Workshop will take place on Monday 5 March. This year, the workshop will focus on cross-Nordic cooperation and on turning ideas into action. Healthcare IT stakeholders from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland will come together to network and learn in an unmatchable environment.

The Organising Committee of the HIMSS Europe Nordic Community has collected all Nordic views and developed an interactive Nordic Educational Programme that puts you in the driver’s seat of the discussion.

The Nordic Workshop will not be just slides - it will be a know-how panel followed-by an active workshop which will generate and document the Nordic knowledge and enabling factors to the modern use of data and implementation of digital services as we are moving towards personalized medicine. As Nordics, we are facing a new generation of IT challenges. By joining our forces we shall make the birth of the next generation easier.

Monday 5 March (14:00-16:30, The Venetian, Level 1, Room: Galileo 906)

(Session language: English)

14:00 – 15:05     Panel and presentations (moderator: Nard Schreurs, Director eHealth and smart living at IKT-Norge / EHIN)

14:00 — 14:05     Opening Keynote (Harold “Hal” Wolf III, President and CEO of HIMSS)

14:05 — 14:15     How we can do better –how to implement the innovative solutions and how to proceed with the digitalization. Anne Snowdon, World Health Innovation Network WIN

14:15 — 14:30     The challenges to govern – fast development of digitisation. Working together to remove the roadblocks one by one. Niklas Eklöf and Erika Ericsson, The Swedish eHealth Agency

14:30 — 14:45     Personalizing health – the Nordic Way. A Nordic cooperation in digital health and personalised medicine. Mr. Bogi Eliasen, Futurist & Special Advisor on Future of Health

14:45 — 15:00     Secondary use of health data – let’s go for a joint pilot. Where’s the biggest customer demand for Nordic dataset and how to proceed? Jaana Sinipuro, Project Director, The Digital Health HUB, Sitra

15:00 — 16:00     Workshop

During the one hour workshop, delegates will be divided into groups (public and private stakeholders from all Nordic countries) and will be encouraged to discuss a series of specific topics(see below “Themes and Topics”). . The aim will be to address challenges, identify potential solutions, and develop preliminary ideas or models around cross border strategies

Table Moderators:

John Rayner, HIMSS Analytics
Steffen Lerche, Cambio
Björn Jónsson, Landspitali University Hospital
Matias Korin, Accenture
Petter Østbye, Sectra
Alex Haage, Hyland

16:00 — 16:30     Present final conclusions, key learnings and next steps

Workshop Themes and Topics

Topic 1: “Cross sectorial & nationwide collaboration on personalized medicine: how to digitalize the healthcare sector”

This topic will address personalized medicine in the Nordics. What are the region’s motivations and how do they differ from country to country? Why and where is personalized medicine needed? What are the real clinical needs, targets and obstacles?

Topic 2: “Secondary use of health data”

Where is the Nordic region when it comes to secondary use of data? Speakers from different countries will share insights, best practices and pilot projects. In addition, this topic will invite stakeholders from the region to discuss next practical steps. How can the Nordic countries work together, across borders?

Topic 3: “Bimodal concept: challenges to govern the fast development of digitization”

The sessions addressing this topic will present real Nordic cases where health IT systems have been implemented successfully and how the benefits of digitization have been measured thus far. The topic will also focus on benefit realization, and will review the latest changes to the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model and the Continuity of Care Model.

Country Education Sessions

Swedish Education Session:

Secure implementation of eHealth services and solutions. Next steps post Swedish Tenders.

Monday 5 March 
(10:00 – 12:00, Sands Venetian, Level 3, Room: Lido 3104)

(Session language: English and Swedish)

Sweden has an ambitious mission when it comes to healthcare: “In 2025, Sweden will be best in the world at using the opportunities offered by digitization and eHealth to make it easier for people to achieve good and equal health and welfare, and to develop and strengthen their own resources for increased independence and participation in the life of society”. In addition, several Swedish counties are currently undergoing big tenders which will define their future healthcare information systems.

It is therefore now more relevant than ever for Swedish and Nordic stakeholders to come together and share perspectives around the opportunities and challenges which are imminent in the context of the digitization of health and care in Sweden.

This educational session will present us with the opportunity to get together will our US peers and learn how some North American organisations have faced similar challenges, with a particular focus on secure implementation. A moderated discussion will follow where the aim is to see how we can get use of the US experience in our Swedish context.

The challenges to discuss are:

How can we securely implement the future eHealth solutions and services?

  • Which organizations will set up and manage the requirements?
  • How can we assure validation of clinical benefits?
  • Which standards or other agreements will be used and how will they be implemented?
  • How are we creating an eHealth eco-system that allows implementation of new state of the art eHealth solutions?

This session is organised by: Hans Almvide, Conference Manager Vitalis with support of Henrik Moberg - Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Niklas Eklöf - Swedish eHealth Agency, Mikael Johansson - Inera AB, Johan Lidén – Swedish Medtech

Danish Education Session:

Cross sectorial & nationwide collaboration on personalized medicine - how to digitalize the Danish healthcare sector

Tuesday 6th March 
(9:00 – 11:30, Sands Venetian, Level 1, Room: Galileo 906)

(Session language: English)

Meet key stakeholders from the Danish Health Authorities. In this session you will hear more about the trends and thoughts regarding how to deal with the dataflow and secure optimal use of data for the benefit of the patients and economy. It will be a session also addressing the audience and giving you the opportunity to join the discussion and bring your ideas and thoughts forward.

  • Why the healthcare sector has to change tools, Mr. Erik Jylling, Exec. Director, Health Politics, Danish Regions
  • Patient of the future: No precision medicine without precision technology, Dr. Peder Jest, Exec. Director, Chief Medical Director, Odense University Hospital
  • The human genome: public or private issue, Mr. Gert Sørensen, Head of The Danish National Genome Center
  • Data & Genomics, Mr. Bogi Eliasen, Futurist & Special Advisor on Future of Health/Head of Denmark Unit UNESCO Chair in Bioethics
  • Data and digitization from a Danish governmental view, Mrs. Lisbeth Nielsen, Director General, Danish Health Data Authority
  • The future healthcare. New paradigm. New tools, Mr. Erik Jylling, Executive vice President, Health Politics, Danish Regions

Norwegian Education Session:

Tuesday 6th March (14:00 – 16:30, Sands Venetian, Level 1, Room: Galileo 906)

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Indu Subaiya, HIMSS EVP of Health 2.0

Topic Speaker/Company
Introduction to the Norwegian Directorate of e-Health and the forthcoming establishment of a National Service provider Karl Stener Vestli
Director Strategy
The Norwegian Directorate of e-Health
The National Health analytics platform Hanne Cecilie Otterdal
Senior Adviser
The Norwegian Directorate of e-Health

Marianne Braaten
Project Manager
The Norwegian Directorate of e-Health

One Citizen - One Health Record Henrik Næss
Senior Adviser
The Norwegian Directorate of e-Health

Lars Moen
Senior Adviser
The Norwegian Directorate of e-Health

"Helseplattformen": A new electronic health record solution for all levels of the health sector in Central Norway Øyvind Høyland
The Central Norway Regional Health Authority

Per Olav Skjesol
The Central Norway Regional Health Authority

Norwegian Code of conduct for information security in health care Jan Gunnar Broch
Senior Adviser
The Norwegian Directorate of e-Health

This session is organised by the Norwegian Directorate of eHealth.


Governance and Strategic planning in Norway, and health analytics as driver in the e-health development. The Norwegian Directorate of Ehealth will introduce cases and topics for discussions.

Moderator: Nard Schreurs, Director eHealth and smart living at IKT-Norge / EHIN


Nordic Community Welcome Reception

Sunday 4th March 2018 @ OTORO Lounge, Mirage Hotel
Time: 17:30-19:30

Nordic Community Networking Reception

Tuesday 6th March 2018 @ Heritage Lounge, Mirage Hotel
Time: 17:30-19:30

International Reception

Wednesday 7th March 2018 @ Wynn, Room: La Fite 5
Time: 17:30 – 19:00


Package Option 1: “Nordic Delegation Package” $590 (USD)

Package Option 2: “Package Option 1 + HIMSS18” $1,440 (USD)*

Package Option 1 includes:

  • 2 networking lunches at the Sands Convention Center
  • 1 Nordic Welcome Reception
  • 1 Nordic Networking Reception
  • International Reception

Package Option 2 includes:

  • All above benefits of “Package Option 1” plus
  • HIMSS18 (incl. Opening Keynote, Opening Reception, all 300+ Concurrent Education Sessions, Exhibition Floor with 1300+ vendors and Closing Keynote)

Available add-ons:

  • Nordic Education Programme Package (includes the Nordic Workshop, Swedish Education Session, Danish Education Session and Norwegian Education Session) $85
  • International Conference $350
  • Danish Study Trip (by invitation only!) $995

How to register

  1. Click here to register
  2. Log-in (if you don’t already have a HIMSS log-in you will need to create one)
  3. Complete your profile and demographic information
  4. Enter your complimentary, discount or invite code, if applicable. Then hit Continue.
  5. Select Registration option and choose Optional Events (Nordic Education Programming, International Conference)
  6. Review Information and Pay

For any further information, contact Jens Kühn jkuhn@himss.org

REGISTER HERE  Registration & Hotel Manual

  • Are you a government employee? Contact Mr. Jens Kühn to get a special code for your HIMSS18 Annual Conference & Exhibition registration. Note: discount does not apply to delegation packages or add-ons.
  • Are you a vendor? Please note you have to be a community partner to join the delegation - get in touch with Ivana today


Nordic Hotel:
The Mirage
3400 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

If the Nordic Hotel “The Mirage” is not available or if you wish to stay at another hotel, you are free to choose any other hotel through the onPeak website.

  1. Reserve your hotel room here
  2. Choose the category „Nordic Delegation“
  3. Put in the password “nordic18”
  4. Click “View hotel”
  5. Get access to the exclusive HIMSS18 room rates

Please contact Jens Kühn jkuhn@himss.org for any questions.


Book hotel here  Registration & Hotel Manual


HIMSS18 Conference Venue:
Sands Expo Center
Las Vegas, NV

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