Top Conferences for Those Interested in Health Technology

Top Conferences for Those Interested in Health Technology

Conferences, summits and congresses are a great opportunity to get familiar with the latest in your field of interest and meet like-minded people. If you want to stay up-to-date with the industry and its best-practices, as well as socialize and network, there are many health technology events that are worth attending.  Here is a selection of some of the best and most recognized health IT conferences in the United States:

The registration for the 2018 HIMMS, taking place in Las Vegas, is now open. The 5-day conference focuses on topics that deal with population health, Big Data, EHR, interoperability, genomics, and cybersecurity, to name but a few. This huge annual event welcomes over 43,000 attendants and is known for its rich program of presentations, workshops and educational courses. Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, and Hillary Clinton were among keynote speakers of previous years.

Every fall, Health 2.0 arrives to Silicon Valley. The conference looks at that year’s innovations in the area of health technology and presents new wellness apps and digital diagnostic tools. It also supports new company launches, announces merges and is a great opportunity for start-ups to get seen and network with health IT experts. In addition to their flagship event, they also host HxRefactored, focusing on health tech development and design, and WinterTech, an event for those interested in health tech investment.

The QS movement is rapidly growing and there are now over 110 independent quantified self groups around the world.

The next QS Conference and Expo will be held in June 2018 in San Francisco. The first two days are usually packed with working sessions, show & tell talks and participant interactions. The third day of the event is dedicated to a public exposition that showcases different health gadgets and self-trackers to the public.

Every November, the annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit is held in Boston. The event aims to bring together hospital representatives, insurers, regulatory bodies, health technology innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, jointly looking for solutions for a more efficient health care system. With focus on the economic aspects of health care, the summit explores how health technology could be best positioned to improve health and prevent illness. Some of the speakers at the 2017 summit included Dr. Amy Abernethy, an internationally renowned expert in clinical trials, Dr. Isaac Kohane, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School, and Karen DeSalvo, former national coordinator for health IT.

Medicine X encourages the mixing of academia and industry. New ideas for improving health get explored here and the attendants run the gamut from practitioners and patients to business leaders and researchers. Medicine X is hosted by Stanford University and is an example of an educational event that promotes the future patient-centered medical model and covers many digital health topics including patient engagement, technological innovation and safety. In 2018, one event will be held in April and one in September. It has also been announced that a Health Care Innovation Summit will be organized a day before the fall conference. It will focus on the future of employer health care benefits.

Health Datapalooza is a rather big conference that takes place in Washington, D.C. It brings together representatives from private and public sectors and encourages interactions between policy makers, academics, start-ups, patients and clinicians. The event aims to deliver actionable knowledge on health information—how it's gathered, shared and applied. The 2018 conference has a special interest in data innovation and its impact on patient outcomes. They will also be looking for the most out of the box innovation of the year.

Healthcare Analytics Summit (HAS) takes place at the beginning of September in Salt Lake City. It brings together some of the leading experts supporting the transformation in health care. In 2018, the summit’s speakers will focus on topics dealing with the digitalization of health care. Some of the innovations from data-driven health organizations will also be presented. Eric Topol, of Scripps Translational Science Institute, and Tom Davenport, author of best-selling book “Competing on Analytics”, will be among the keynote speakers.

This summit offers insights into advancements in genomics, telehealth, wearables and other innovations in the digital health market. The 2018 event will feature topics connected to brain health technology, artificial intelligence, genomics, and the use of technology in stopping the opioid epidemics in the U.S.

Formerly known as the Personalized Medicine World Conference, PMWC is an independent, multi-disciplinary event established in 2009. Several events are planned for 2018, including a January conference in Silicon Valley and a Michigan-based event in June. The conference aims to increase the understanding of personalized medicine and its challenges, as well as it invites companies to present their latest innovations. Over 11,000 people have attended so far, and more than 2,000 companies have been involved in the proceedings.

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