Peyton Manning Slated as Closing Speaker at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas

Big news from HIMSS today about HIMSS16, especially for sports fans. What may make the following news even bigger is if Peyton Manning is in the midst of a retirement reflection period following this current football season. What news it would be if he decided to make an announcement about the future of his career from the HIMSS podium — HIMSSanity!

Here’s the full announcement:

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, will be the closing keynote speaker at HIMSS16. He takes to the podium at 1 p.m. PDT, on Friday, Mar. 4, 2016. The HIMSS Conference & Exhibition ranked as the largest medical conference in North America during the first half of 2015 (Trade Show Executive, September 2015).

Peyton Manning has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history as the active leader in nearly every statistical passing category.

In each of his three seasons with Denver, Manning has led the Broncos to an AFC West Division title and a first-round playoff bye. During that time, he ranks first in the NFL in regular-season wins, passing touchdowns and completion percentage.

Named 2013 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Manning’s season ended with a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, making him only the third quarterback in NFL history to lead multiple teams to a Super Bowl.

For his actions off the field, Manning was honored as the recipient of the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005 as well as the Bart Starr Award in 2015.

Manning serves as a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and The Pat Summit Foundation Advisory Board. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.

In Las Vegas, HIMSS16 includes more than:

Attendees can develop their own personalized agenda using all of these resources, as they continue to transform health through IT. Education sessions and exhibitions on the show floor provide valuable information on topics

“After a week of education, exhibition and networking at HIMSS16, our attendees will look forward to the closing keynote session with Peyton Manning. Known for his achievements in football and humanitarian efforts, Manning brings a valuable perspective that we want to hear,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America.

Learn more about the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.


As much as I like watching Manning play and would like to see him speak, I think this move solidifies HIMSS’ position as doing whatever it takes to get the biggest names to speak at the event even if they have very little connection to healthcare or healthcare technology. The Red Cross tie-in is a bit of a stretch, but I’m sure he’ll keep cheeks in the seats.

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