Top Conferences for Health Technology

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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.

HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition

The 5-day HIMSS 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.

Health 2.0

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.

Quantified Self Conference

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

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.

Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit

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.

Stanford Medicine X

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.

Health Datapalooza

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.

Healthcare Analytics Summit

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.

Digital Health Summit

The Digital Health Summit offers insights into advancements in genomics, telehealth, wearables and other innovations in the digital health market.

9. The Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC)

Formerly known as the Personalized Medicine World Conference, PMWC is an independent, multi-disciplinary event established in 2009. 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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