24 Healthcare Conferences to Attend in 2016

 

Changing regulations, advances in technology, new care models, consolidations and the pressure to reduce costs are just a few of the challenges health administration professionals manage on a daily basis — which is why the 2016 healthcare conference circuit is dominated by topics related to these challenges. Attending a healthcare conference not only provides valuable networking opportunities, but it can also be an effective strategy to access needed resources and learn from experts in the field. With so many conferences offered, however, it can be difficult to know which ones to attend. To help, MHA@GW has compiled a list of 24 healthcare conferences that health administration professionals should consider attending in 2016. Use our interactive map to determine which ones are happening in your area. 

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  1. Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA) 2016 Executive Forum (February 9–11)
  2. 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition (February 28–March 4)
  3. Home Healthcare Leaders’ Summit (March 3–4)
  4. 2016 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Change Conference: Lead Well at Every Turn (March 10–11)
  5. SX Health & MedTech Expo (March 12–13)
  6. American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership (March 14–17)
  7. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community (March 20–22)
  8. Health Experience Refactored (HXR) Conference (April 5–6)
  9. Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference (April 6–8)
  10. American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) HealthCon 2016 (April 10–13)
  11. Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly (April 17–19)
  12. Becker’s Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting (April 27–30)
  13. AMIA iHealth Conference (May 5–6)
  14. Health Datapalooza (May 8–11)
  15. National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) 42nd Annual Conference: The Multiple Faces of the Patient Experience (May 24–27)
  16. Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA): Annual National Institute (June 26–29)
  17. Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP) 2016 (July 27–29)
  18. Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM): Collaborating To Achieve the Triple Aim (July 31–August 3)
  19. Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) Fall Annual Conference (September 21–23)
  20. American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) Annual Conference (September 24–27)
  21. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention & Exhibit (October 15–19)
  22. 13th Annual Connected Health Symposium (October 20–21)
  23. Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) (October 30–November 2)
  24. TEDMED 2016 (November 30–December 2)

1. Health Care Administrators Association (HCAA) 2016 Executive Forum

February 9–11, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada

Who should attend: Healthcare executives and administrators

The theme of HCAA’s 2016 Executive Forum is “Architects of the Future.” In order to build a stronger future for the health industry, health care administrators need to know how to identify and embrace opportunities. Carol Berry, CEO of HCAA, said that throughout the conference, “ ...we expose opportunity. In everything that is out here, there is an opportunity for people to diversify their business and support their clients in a new and different way...We take change as an opportunity for business. We are entrepreneurs. We pride ourselves on that as our differentiator. In everything there is a risk, and in everything there is an opportunity. I think we are the essence of American business.” The conference will feature keynotes from Senator Tom Daschle on “An Insider’s View on President Obama’s Public Policy and Its Implications for the Election of 2016,” and from Dr. Daniel Kraft, founder and executive director of Exponential Medicine and faculty chair for medicine for Singularity University, who will present on “The Future of Health & Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?” Additional sessions include topics related to telemedicine, cybersecurity, cost-containment, value-based reimbursement and innovative business models.

2. 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition

February 28–March 4, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada

Who should attend: Health IT professionals, clinicians and executives

As one of the world’s largest health technology conferences, the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will gather more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the globe. According to JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president of professional development for HIMSS, “The HIMSS annual conference is the largest healthcare tradeshow in the United States.” Aligned with this year’s theme, “Transforming Health Through IT,” Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer of Dell Inc., will be the opening keynote speaker. This conference is known for its exceptional educational offerings, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking opportunities. There will be more than 300 educational programs offered in various formats throughout the weeklong conference. Klinedinst says, “We look at this conference in three pillars: exhibition, networking and education. Education is its own pillar, but it also takes place in the exhibition and networking areas.” For people still wondering whether they should attend, Klinedinst offers the following: “Anyone who’s a stakeholder, current or future, in health care technology will find that there are ample things for them to do and learn at the annual conference.”

3. Home Healthcare Leaders’ Summit

March 3–4, 2016

Los Angeles, California

Who should attend: C-suite executives in home health care

Problems in the regulation and execution of home health care aren’t just regional says Ajay Nimbalkar, assistant manager of marketing for MnM conferences, the group behind the Home Healthcare Leaders’ Summit. That’s why it’s more important than ever for industry members in the field to share insight and knowledge at the annual gathering. The event is designed as an exclusive gathering of C-level executives to address the strategic challenges that the more than 30,000 home healthcare agencies across the nation are facing. Through educational sessions, discussion and debate, attendees will delve into best practices to combat common obstacles in the industry. A variety of topics will be covered, including regulations, technological upgrades, legal implications and the benefits of financial planning. The role of data, in particular “focusing on the monitoring of data, and how data transfer happens between stakeholders,” is especially important at this year’s event, says Nimbalkar.

4. 2016 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Change Conference: Lead Well at Every Turn

March 10–11, 2016

Dallas, Texas

Who should attend: Healthcare executives, board members, clinical leaders and innovators/change agents

The 2016 IHI Change Conference, designed around the theme of “Lead Well at Every Turn,” will take the lessons from the first two years of the IHI Leadership Alliance, IHI’s High-Impact Leadership framework and IHI’s disciplined process for innovation and will distill them into essential principles to share with participants over the two days of the conference. One of the biggest draws of the conference is practical knowledge: “At the end of the conference, each attendee will have answered the hard questions about strategy and plans,” says Sandy George, part of the conference press team. “[Attendees] will know what they can do to guide their organization through the changes ahead and will have a well-considered plan to implement upon returning home.” The conference is unique in more ways than one, says George. “[First], it moves attendees from discussions about the problems to more practical and focused consideration of the solutions. Second, individuals can obtain advice and experience from like-minded colleagues and experts during a series of breakout sessions. Third, the conference breaks away from the traditional presentation model, using few slides and many more stories and exercises during the sessions. Finally, attendees will work with their teams from their organizations, either in person or by phone, to immediately apply the lessons learned in breakout sessions to an action plan.” Featured speakers will include physicians and leaders who are prominent voices in healthcare. They will share their insights into what strategies have been effective — as well as those that have failed — and offer their perspectives on how to prepare for the future of healthcare.

5. SX Health & MedTech Expo

March 12–13, 2016

Austin, Texas

Who should attend: Healthcare executives, clinical leaders, clinicians and innovators/change agents

This will be the second year for the SX Health & MedTech Expo, and organizers promise to make it even more successful than the 2015 inaugural event. “Attendees should expect to be inspired and reenergized by members of the ecosystem working together to push the limits in medicine, healthcare and wellness,” says Dana Abramovitz, who runs the expo. There will be numerous exhibitors, discussions led by prominent health IT thought leaders and an anticipated attendance that will exceed last year’s 5,000 attendees. Many who attended last year’s event described it as “the best digital health conference they have attended.” SX Health & MedTech is an integral part of SXSW Interactive and integrates many of the conversations taking place at SXSW, including sports, food and nutrition, policy and social good. The team managing the event this year is also working to consolidate a variety of networking activities to help attendees navigate the busy atmosphere — one that aims to unite individuals from all walks of life around healthcare. “Our goal is to provide an environment where everyone can stop and think that health involves them, even if they’re not part of the industry,” Abramovitz continues. “To that end, we hope to show that we can make advancements when we bring together different people from different backgrounds and enable everyone (physicians, patients, payers, designers, athletes, etc.) to be part of the discussion.”

6. American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership

March 14–17, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Who should attend: Healthcare executives and clinical leaders

Attracting the top healthcare leaders from around the world, the 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership promises attendees excellence in professional development, networking and learning opportunities from peers with a focus on this year’s theme of “Leading Well.” Having so many healthcare leaders in attendance is one of the conference’s strengths, reports Eva Chess, vice president of communications and marketing at ACHE. “People really talk about the opportunities for continuing education, establishing relationships and networking with peers, and sharing best practices with top leaders,” says Chess. “Everyone seems to agree that this conference attracts the industry’s top thinkers who are addressing the most important topics facing the healthcare industry. These are the people who are setting policy and who are responsible for operations, vision, and strategies for their organizations. And they are sharing best practices with other leaders...With so many top leaders, we can tap into their vision about what’s next.” Attendees will also have access to the most current information for career enhancement — plus resources for innovative solutions to organizational challenges. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is an international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. The organization’s mission is to advance its members and promote excellence in healthcare management.

7.  Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community

March 20–22, 2016

Orlando, Florida

Who should attend: Healthcare leaders and professionals working in primary care and community settings

The 17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community will gather more than 1,000 thought leaders from around the world and will provide an interactive environment to examine new methods to improve the delivery and coordination of care across the patient continuum. Issues addressed will include how individuals and communities can have an impact on improving care, promoting health and lowering costs within the challenges of a changing healthcare system.

8. Health Experience Refactored (HXR) Conference

April 5–6, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Who should attend: Healthcare leaders, health IT leaders, clinicians, IT professionals and designers

Organized by Mad*Pow and Health 2.0, HXRefactored gathers more than 600 cross-disciplinary thinkers and practitioners to focus on improving health experiences through technology and design. Using a variety of offerings — including thought-provoking talks, workshops and discussions — HxRefactored applies design, science, evidence and theory to envision the health journey in new and innovative ways that will help make it a reality. “We founded the conference five years ago,” says Amy Cueva, founder and CEO of Mad*Pow. “There were a lot of health conferences, and there were a lot of design conferences. But there weren’t a lot of conferences that explored the overlap of the two. We wanted to make that happen. The theme of the conference is exploring how human centered design and technology can improve health experiences. We are bringing together people who believe that human centered design can make a difference and bring a new lens to the problems that exist in healthcare...Anyone who believes that design can make a difference in health should come.” Mad*Pow is “a design agency that improves the experiences people have with technology, organizations and each other.” Health 2.0 is “the premier showcase and catalyst for the advancement of new health technologies.” In the words of Cueva, “A person is more than just their disease or condition. They are a person. [The conference] is about designing to improve the patient experience and clinical experiences, but it is really improving the human experience of health.”

9.  Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference

April 6–8, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia

Who should attend: B2B marketing managers, PR professionals at health IT companies, health IT digital marketers and marketing-focused health IT executives

With a tagline of “Where you learn how to cut through the noise,” the 2016 Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference promises to offer the leading thinkers in marketing and PR insights from both within and outside of healthcare. John Lynn, editor and founder of HealthcareScene.com and one of the organizers of the event, describes the attending community as “extraordinary.” “While our sessions, speakers and sponsors are all great, what makes our conference unique is the opportunity to mix and mingle with other healthcare IT marketing and PR professionals,” Lynn says. “At the beginning of each HITMC, we invite attendees to make sure that they make note of action items they can take back to their job and put into action immediately. For some that might be a new social media strategy. Others will learn how to improve their marketing automation. Many will learn about content marketing and how to better utilize it to reach doctors and hospital executives.” Offerings will include some of the latest trends, techniques and tools in social media marketing, healthcare advertising, lead generation and nurturing, event public relations, blogging, search engine optimization (SEO), content marketing, influencing ratings and PR best practices.

10.  American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) HealthCon 2016

April 10–13, 2016

Orlando, Florida

Who should attend: Healthcare executives, finance leaders, coders and coding administrators

HealthCon 2016 will cover a wide range of offerings related to the business side of the healthcare industry. The breadth and diversity has paid off in the past: “Every year we hear feedback from healthcare business executives who have either sent their employees or attended in person declaring how much they’ve improved their business because of the education gained at our event,” reports Amy Evans, HealthCon conference coordinator. “We have engaged many outstanding professionals who are experts in the industry to teach our sessions and share their knowledge, understanding and experience with our attendees.” The agenda includes a variety of educational sessions related to areas that include outpatient coding, billing, auditing, compliance, inpatient coding and practice management. There will be more than 90 educational sessions offered and 18 continuing education units (CEUs), as well as the opportunity to network with industry experts and others involved in the business of healthcare. Part of what makes the event so well rounded is the fact that every attendee’s knowledge is valued: “We recognize that all attendees have their own experience and wisdom to bring to the table, even if they’re not official presenters,” says Evans. “There are many different kinds of professionals at our conferences, including healthcare attorneys, physicians, coding experts and others, who can enhance a person’s circle of influence and add value to their careers.”

11.  Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly

April 17–19, 2016

Houston, Texas

Who should attend: Hospital and health system C-suite executives and C-suite and other executives in an array of businesses that offer a variety of healthcare and health IT solutions

The Millennium Alliance is a “leading technology, business and educational advisory firm…focusing primarily in areas such as business transformation, executive education, growth, policy and need analysis.” Organized by The Millennium Alliance and its Peer to Peer division, the biannual Healthcare Providers Transformation Assembly will bring together North America’s most prominent health system and insurance technology business leaders. Designed for all of their partners, affiliates and members, the gathering will provide the opportunity to develop new relationships, collaborate with like-minded peers and gain access to cutting edge intelligence to address business challenges related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) era. According to Melissa Luongo, vice president and head of product at The Millennium Alliance, “our conference is a more intimate and smaller gathering than other trade shows and industry conferences. All our participants come to learn from their peers. They identify strategies that they can immediately implement when they return to work. Our attendees are the people who can make the changes and transform the business in a short time.”

12.  Becker’s Hospital Review 7th Annual Meeting

April 27–30, 2016

Chicago, Illinois

Who should attend: Hospital business and strategy leaders

The 7th Annual Meeting of Becker’s Hospital Review will feature over 280 speakers, including 88 hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOS. One aspect of the conference that helps it stand out, according to Margo Vieceli, director of events and key accounts at Becker’s, is the high ratio of hospital and health system C-suite executives in attendance, meaning that other attendees have the opportunity to learn and network with them. “Sessions are focused on strategy, physician-hospital integration, improving profitability, ACOs and key specialties,” says Vieceli. “Attendees can expect to learn and interact with some of the brightest minds in the healthcare industry.” Industry keynote speakers will include Chris Van Gorder, chief executive officer of Scripps Health and past chairman of American College of Healthcare; David T. Feinberg, M.D., M.B.A., president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System; and John H. Noseworthy, M.D., president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic. Over 1,500 attendees are expected from hospitals and health systems across the country to create some of the best business-focused and strategic discussions in the healthcare industry. Presenters and attendees will explore challenges related to ACOs, physician-hospital integration, improving profitability and key specialties.

13.  AMIA iHealth Conference

May 5–6, 2016

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Who should attend: Clinical informatics board-certified diplomates, healthcare C-suite executives, clinical leaders, nursing, pharmacy and nutrition informatics professionals, and quality and patient safety professionals

The 2016 American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) iHealth Conference will focus on applied clinical and operational informatics and is specifically geared toward clinicians who use informatics tools in the clinical setting. Conference topics will demonstrate how informatics principles are currently being applied to information systems within healthcare organizations to meet the goal of transforming the care delivery experiences of patients by increasing quality, reducing costs and enhancing services.

14.  Health Datapalooza

May 8–11, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Who should attend: Healthcare leaders, clinicians, innovators, academics, startups, government agencies and individuals interested in making a difference

A lack of transparency around cost and quality has long hindered the success of new ideas in the healthcare field. Simply put, says Greg Downing, executive director of innovation at the Department of Health and Human Services, “It’s hard to innovate when no one knows what anything costs.” But as the federal government became more inclined to release data sets that demystified those things, another problem cropped up: “We discovered that if even if you made the data available,” Downing continues, “You could pile it up on Independence Avenue, but that didn’t assure anyone was going to do anything about it.” Therein lie the incentives and the reason Health Datapalooza came into being: to improve healthcare through intentional, expanded and innovative use of data that was previously difficult or impossible to access. Hosted this year by AcademyHealth, Health Datapalooza focuses on improving patient outcomes through the liberation of health data and the collaborations of the companies, startups, academics, government agencies and individuals with the newest and most innovative and effective uses of health data to make it happen. Celebrating its seventh year, this national conference was born of the data liberation movement and has increasingly focused on how to use data in a manner that will improve health and healthcare. This shift from liberating data to using it in the most effective manner will be evident in the focus of this year’s conference.

15. National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) 42nd Annual Conference: The Multiple Faces of the Patient Experience

May 24–27, 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

Who should attend: Patient access services professionals

As the leading resource in patient access services, The National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM) establishes best practices and subject matter expertise; provides an array of networking, education, and certification opportunities; and enables its members to influence and promote high quality delivery of patient access services. Its annual conference and exposition is a gathering of patient access services professionals from across the United States, its territories and Canada and is the premier educational event in patient access services. Conference attendees will have access to the most current information on topics essential to the role of patient access services in healthcare.

16. Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA): Annual National Institute

June 26–29, 2016

Las Vegas, Nevada

Who should attend: Healthcare finance leaders

With more than 40,000 members, the Healthcare Financial Management Association is “the nation’s premier membership organization for healthcare finance leaders. HFMA builds and supports coalitions with other healthcare associations and industry groups to achieve consensus on solutions for the challenges the U.S. healthcare system faces today.” At its Annual National Institute, healthcare finance professionals from around the nation network with their peers, take part in more than 90 expert-led sessions and explore new offerings from more than 400 industry suppliers in the exhibit hall.

17. Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP) 2016

July 27–29, 2016

San Diego, California

Who should attend:Healthcare executive assistants

The Association for Healthcare Administrative Professionals (AHCAP) is “the premier organization for healthcare professionals dedicated to those who support our nation’s top healthcare leaders.” The theme for the 2016 Educational Conference is “Connectivity: The Key to Career Success.” This conference is known as the only professional development event that focuses on education in administrative topics that are specific to the healthcare environment and the unique challenges and issues that exist in that realm. Terry Thompson, executive director of AHCAP, emphasizes that “there are other administrative, professional, and secretarial organizations. But our unique value proposition to our members is that you can go elsewhere and get information about software and office practices and administrative skills. But at our conference, you get all of that specifically from the perspective of working in a healthcare organization. There are unique challenges to working in a health environment that someone in a different industry probably does not face.” Thompson cites the conference’s small size as one of its strengths. “Our conference is relatively small. It is a small community. There are opportunities for people to get to know each other personally...There is such a sense of camaraderie. People who are executive assistants to high-level executives in health care have stressful jobs, and they all face similar challenges. Someone can come in the door who has never been there before and immediately feel like ‘these are my people.

18. Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM): Collaborating To Achieve the Triple Aim

July 31–August 3, 2016

San Diego, California

Who should attend: Professionals in the healthcare supply chain field

As the premier education and networking event for the healthcare supply chain field, AHRMM16will focus on the theme: “Collaborating To Achieve the Triple Aim.” The Triple Aim framework was developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and calls for “improving the individual experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost — all addressed at the same time.” The organizers aim to achieve this goal with four days of relevant keynote presentations, learning labs, presentations regarding new business solutions and in-person collaborations with industry thought leaders. “We provide more than 60 sessions of education,” says Catherine Carruth, senior manager of membership and marketing. “Many are presented by people speaking of their own experiences and best practices in order to solve problems. It has a lot to do with collaboration; we want to bridge gaps between supply chain and finance and executive suite and vendor population. We are focused on improving healthcare; that’s the underlying motivation. Any opportunity we have to make someone’s job more streamlined or more efficient — that’s really what we’re going for.”

19. Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) Fall Annual Conference

September 21–23, 2016

Atlanta, Georgia

Who should attend: Professionals in healthcare billing/claims management

Presented by The Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA), the Fall Annual Conference features an array of sessions that focus on educational content to support successful operations and performance for billing companies of all sizes. The HBMA membership represents more than 30,000 employees at more than 600 companies and manages billing claims for hospital-based physicians, physician practices and other providers. Increasingly, members also provide accounts receivable management, consulting, electronic medical record services and practice management functions.

20. American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) Annual Conference

September 24–27, 2016

Grapevine, Texas

Who should attend: Human resources leaders in healthcare

“This is better than Christmas,” says one past attendee of the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) Conference. As the nation’s only membership organization exclusively dedicated to meeting the professional needs of human resources leaders in healthcare, ASHHRA of the American Hospital Association (AHA) provides an essential annual conference for professionals in this discipline. Past attendees have raved about various aspects of the conference, says Ferdinand Libunao, marketing and communications manager for ASHHRA, but the chance to interact with other HR professionals in the healthcare field is chief among them: “Our attendees have consistently voted ‘networking’ among the top reasons they come to the conference.” Other attendee testimonials corroborate that sentiment: “It was apparent that a lot of time and thought went into the planning and execution of this conference,” says one. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I had to learn and network with other professionals. I was humbled by everyone’s kindness and willingness to interact and participate in conversations and activities.” During the three-day event, attendees will have access to a variety of educational programs related to leadership in healthcare, networking opportunities, valuable resources and the newest products and services.

21. American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention & Exhibit

October 15–19, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland

Who should attend: A wide spectrum of healthcare professionals and stakeholders — from entry-level to middle and senior management in a variety of roles and settings who are interacting with health information

With this year’s theme, “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch Our Future," the 87th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit will explore the role of health information in today’s healthcare landscape and how professionals across the healthcare ecosystem use and share it. Included in the interactive presentations and panels will be discussions about information governance and how to best maintain patient privacy. AHIMA’s primary goal is “to provide the knowledge, resources and tools to advance health information professional practice and standards for the delivery of quality healthcare.” The 2016 conference is shaping up to be the best one yet. “At AHIMA’s 2016 convention, attendees can expect an even greater emphasis on best practices for implementing an organization-wide information governance framework — an imperative to meeting many healthcare initiatives and ensuring health information is trustworthy, leading to better patient care, improving population health and reducing costs,” says AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon. “In addition to the educational offerings, the exhibit hall will feature new and exciting solutions designed to improve workflows and efficiency.”

22. 13th Annual Connected Health Symposium

October 20–21, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Who should attend: Healthcare visionaries, leaders and practitioners

Known to be a change-agent conference, the Connected Health Symposium is a place where health, technology, research, human behavior and public policy intersect. The theme of the 2016 conference, “Beyond Wearables,” promises to promote innovative thinking and the application of personal health technologies that consumers use in support of new models to deliver care. According to Dr. Joe Kvedar, vice president of connected health at Partners Healthcare, “Our content area is the growing and changing marketplace for connected health. What we mean by that is applications of wearables, mobile devices and telehealth to change the way that healthcare is provided...making healthcare a continuous function in someone’s life rather than an episodic trip to the doctor. It is very patient and consumer focused.” With a focus on emerging trends at the intersection of technology and healthcare delivery models, the symposium aims to gather thought leaders to support the rapidly-expanding marketplace of connected health. When asked what draws people to the Connected Health Symposium, Dr. Kvedar responded, “There is a strong presence of people who are influencers and connectors, but people also come for content. We work very hard on fresh and original high-quality content every year, and people tell us that it is the reason they come back.”

23. Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

October 30–November 2, 2016

San Francisco, California

Who should attend: Healthcare executives and medical practice administrators

At the 2016 conference, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) will be celebrating its 90th anniversary. This premier healthcare conference focuses on the top executives, medical practice professionals and decision makers in the industry. Through high-quality educational sessions, attendees will gain cutting-edge industry information and have access to face-to-face networking and product-research opportunities. As the leading association for medical practice administrators and healthcare executives in the nation, MGMA represents more than 33,000 administrators and executives in 18,000 healthcare organizations in which 385,000 physicians practice.

24. TEDMED 2016

November 30–December 2, 2016

Palm Springs, California

Who should attend: Industry leaders and professionals from medical research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and foundations

The aim of TEDMED is to bridge the gap “between science and the public by finding and sharing stories that inform, inspire, engage and provoke action across a broad, passionate community both inside and outside of health and medicine.” It values inclusiveness and multidisciplinary collaboration toward creating a healthier world. Its annual event gathers individuals across a variety of sectors to focus on emerging trends in health and medicine. By forging partnerships with industry leaders, medical research institutions, think tanks, government agencies and foundations, TEDMED aims to ensure that cutting-edge biomedical thinking is accessible across disciplines and to the greater public.

Do you plan to attend any of these events? By attending a healthcare conference like the ones listed above, you’ll be able to access the latest information about emerging trends, explore new tools to enhance your role and engage in peer collaborations that could make a difference in the year ahead.

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