Know before you go

All conference activities, including CE sessions and the exhibit floor, will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center unless noted otherwise. Hotel accommodations are all located in the heart of downtown New Orleans. Continuous shuttle service will be provided between all hotels and the convention center Wednesday through Saturday. A detailed schedule will be posted in your hotel lobby and fliers will be available with a transportation contact telephone number.

Conference registration

The McKesson Registration Desk is located at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center outside of Exhibit Hall B.
The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, July 12, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 13, 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, July 14, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 15, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conference badge

All attendees are required to wear a conference badge to all McKesson ideaShare functions, including the Final Night Party. Your badge will serve as your ticket to meals and social functions included in the package you have purchased. Badges are also required on the exhibit floor. To replace lost or damaged badges, please visit the McKesson Registration Desk located outside Exhibit Hall B in the convention center.

McKesson ideaShare mobile app

We are excited to offer our event app again this year. You will receive instructions via email to download the app prior to the conference so you can get familiar with it before arriving in New Orleans. You’ll be able to create your personal schedule, make a 12-month roadmap action plan, and quickly find what you need with interactive maps and general show information. The app will also allow you to take surveys, ask questions and share your ideas. Download the “event4me” app from the App Store or Google Play.

CE sessions

Continuing Education sessions will be available for conference participants between the following hours:

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, July 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, July 14, 7:45 am – 8:45 am
Saturday, July 15, 7:45 am – 8:45 am

Registration for Continuing Education (CE) courses closed on July 7. If you did not pre-register for a session, or a course was not available for selection because it reached capacity, please join the standby line onsite. Open seating will begin approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Shuttle service

Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from all hotels and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Wednesday through Saturday, as well as to Mardi Gras World for the Final Night Party. A detailed shuttle schedule will be available in your hotel lobby upon arrival.

Final Night Party

Join in the fun at the spectacular Mardi Gras World! You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at Mardi Gras traditions with a tour of the studio where the floats are created, taste the famous cuisine of New Orleans, and see and hear surprise hit-making artists perform their songs from the 80s and 90s. It’s the ideal way to end the week. Please consult the shuttle bus schedule for transportation to and from the party. Attire is business casual.

Camp McKesson

Camp McKesson is a fun-filled program where younger guests (ages 3–17) can enjoy games, crafts and other activities while parents attend CE sessions and visit the exhibit floor. If you have questions regarding Camp McKesson, please contact us at

General information

What to wear

Attire for the conference is business casual. This includes skirts, slacks or walking shorts for women; golf shirts and slacks or walking shorts for men. The evening events are relaxed and most suited to comfortable casual wear. July is very warm and humid in New Orleans with frequent shower and thunderstorm activity. The daily high temperatures tend to be in the lower 90s with the early morning lows mostly in the mid to upper 70s.

Transportation from the airport

McKesson ideaShare attendees are eligible for a 10% discount using Airport Shuttle service to and from the airport. Follow this link to make your reservation: McKesson ideaShare 2017 Official Discounted Airport Shuttle.* Taxis are also available and rates between the airport and downtown hotels are approximately $40.
*Rules and restrictions may apply:
·  The discount only applies to reservations made through this website.
·  Reservations must be completed online at least 24 hours prior to your flight arrival time.
·  Changes to your existing reservation can be made using this link.

Convention center parking

If you plan to park at the convention center, you can use the self-parking lot for $15 per day (no in/out privileges allowed). The lots begin across Convention Center Boulevard from Halls G and H, and continue along the building toward Hall J. You can find a map here.

Hotel parking

If you are driving to your hotel, valet parking is $38–49 per day plus tax depending on your hotel; self-parking rate for guests at the Hilton Riverside is $33 per day plus tax.

Hotel check-in

If you have registered for a room, your reservation is being held at the hotel noted in your confirmation email. Please note that the standard check-in time is 4:00 p.m. If you arrive before that time, your room may not be available for immediate occupancy.


If you’re bringing valuables with you, be sure to secure them in your in-room safe or in a hotel safe deposit box. Please contact your hotel’s front desk at check-in.


Arrangements have been made to cover gratuities associated with all McKesson ideaShare meal functions. We suggest that you tip for personal services not included in the McKesson ideaShare program.

Restaurant reservations

Click here for information on restaurant reservations. A concierge service will be available at the convention center during the conference for city information and restaurant reservations, plus tickets for performing arts, attractions and sports events. Your hotel concierge will also be available to assist with reservations. Please remember to plan well in advance to ensure restaurant availability.

Tour information

New Orleans offers attractions for the whole family. For more information, visit New Orleans is a large city — as with all major cities, take common-sense safety precautions. Be sure to have your cell phone with you, and do not carry large amounts of cash or display expensive jewelry.

Hotel charges

Your designated hotel will maintain a separate account for your personal incidental charges such as the gift shop, restaurant and bar bills, room service, laundry, phone calls (refer to the in-room information sheet for rates), and other items not included in your package. You will be asked to pay for incidentals at the hotel upon departure.

Check-out and departures

Standard hotel check-out time is 11:00 a.m. You should plan to arrive at the airport two to three hours in advance of your departure time.

We’re excited to see you in New Orleans!
McKesson ideaShare hotline: 866.325.0365