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12 Top Healthcare Conferences Not to Be Missed in 2019

Each year there are countless conferences and events focused on healthcare management and technology, but with so many options, it can be difficult to pick the right ones for your specific purposes.

Top healthcare conferences bring together the best and brightest in the industry to build connections, learn about new topics, and examine new opportunities. 

Participate with Purpose and Perspective

From specialized seminars to massive meet-ups, 2019’s lineup of healthcare events is sure to cover a lot of ground – both metaphorically and literally. But before you grab your passport and head out the door, you’ll want to read this. Each event is focused on a different realm within the wide world of healthcare and serves different professional advancement objectives. Rather than schlepping yourself around the country and enduring hours of airplane agony only to find you’ve wasted your time and your company's budget, it’s best to research the conference beforehand and seek out honest feedback from past attendees.

As a prerequisite to registering, you should have a clear idea of what your event objective is and plot out a few specific ways that you can meet or draw nearer to that goal. Whether it’s networking, vendor selection, tooling, strategy refinement, education, training, business development, etc., you should know what you intend to gain and how you intend to gain it from each event you attend.


With that in mind, please find below my picks for the industry’s top healthcare conferences heading into 2019:


Digital Health Summit @ CES 2019

January 8–11. 
Tech West, Sands Expo.
Las Vegas, Nevada.

A Consumer Technology Association event, CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) is the largest tech convention in the world. An industry-specific offshoot of CES, the Digital Health Summit brings together executives, engineers, academics and clinicians to hear from more than 80 innovators in the healthcare space. Topics range from artificial intelligence and wearables to digital therapeutics and sleep tech. The summit also features 55,000+ square feet of exhibition space where the newest healthcare IT solutions will be on display for attendees to interact with and try out.

The summit’s sessions include a panel on patient-generated health data and a conversation on the future of healthcare IoT. Other sessions will be held over the course of the summit focusing on novel technologies – like the use of implantable neural devices to address the opioid crisis.

Registration for the Digital Health Summit opened in October and is priced at $550 per attendee. You can learn more and sign up for the event at the registration page.



February 11–15. 
Orange County Covention Center.
Orlando, Florida.

The flagship event of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition offers one of the most comprehensive conventions in the industry, combining product demonstrations, diverse education programming and ongoing networking. A series of workshops and symposia featuring keynote speakers (including Susan DeVore and Mick Ebeling) covers topics ranging from clinical engagement to entrepreneurship.

The annual HIMSS conference hosts more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals. Attendees can also check out some of the latest innovations in healthcare IT on the convention floor. CyberMDX, for example, will be showcasing the MDefend healthcare cybersecurity solution at booth 400-19 in the Cybersecurity Command Center, as well as at booth 1491. If you plan on attending, please stop by to say hello.

Registration starts at $425. To see all registration options and pricing, take a look at the HIMSS19 registration page.


Healthcare Informatics Health IT Summit

Multiple Venues.

Healthcare Informatics Magazine hosts an ongoing series of educational events. Attendees can expect a full day of cybersecurity education sessions, as well as sessions on population health, artificial intelligence, data analytics, clinical workflow, telehealth and U.S. public policy. The summit’s first stop will be the Midwest Health IT Summit, held in Cleveland in March.

Attendees can expect extensive educational opportunities to help them stay ahead of the curve in the ever changing landscape of the healthcare industry. Pricing begins at $995.

Register to attend on the Healthcare Informatics website.


Becker's Hospital Review Meeting

April 1–4. 
Hyatt Regency.
Chicago, Illinois.

If you're looking for big names in healthcare and public policy, look no further than the 10th Annual Meeting of Becker's Hospital Review. Speakers include Katie Couric, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and more than 300 industry leaders.

A Becker’s Healthcare event, the Annual Meeting offers ample meet, greet, and grow opportunities for attendees. If you want to forge new connections and potential partnerships, this is THE place to do it. Registrants must be employed by a hospital or health system in order to attend. Registration starts at $600 and prices will rise after March 1, 2019.

Visit the conference's registration page to lock in your spot.


MD Expo

April 11–13. 
Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.
Houston, Texas.

An MD Publishing/TechNation event, MD Expo is a three-day convention which brings together clinical engineers, biomedical technicians, executives and other tech management professionals for education and networking opportunities. The theme for this year's MD Expo is “health tech management and biomedical professionals”. There will also be opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits during five separate learning blocks. 

You can register for the exposition here. If you can't make it to Houston for the spring event, there will be a fall event that will take place in Baltimore from October 17 – 19 at the Marriott Waterfront and Renaissance Harborview. A call for presenters is still open for both conferences, so if you'd like to get out in front of your peers as a thought leader, consider applying to be a presenter here.

CyberMDX will be at the April event, so if you plan on going, make sure to head over to booth 105 for a chat with one of our representatives.


CIO Digital Transformation Summit

May 6–8. 
Chateau Elan.
Atlanta, Georgia.

A “flagship” event for CDM Media, the CIO Digital Transformation Summit focuses on the healthcare industry's long, arduous migration to digital frontiers. Expressly geared to educational development and networking opportunities at the executive level, the CIO Digital Transformation Summit is a uniquely valuable opportunity for industry decision-makers to learn from one another about how to better leverage technology.


Professional betterment is the major focus at this event, so CIOs interested in learning from the experiences of others or examining cutting-edge trends such as blockchain will take the most away from the summit.

Register to attend here.



May 13–17. 
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Health ISAC's 2019 Spring Summit is where attendees can collaborate and share their best practices around cyber threat intelligence and health tech management with one another. H-ISAC is a community of critical infrastructure owners and managers in the healthcare space and its events are designed to strengthen the knowledge of and bond between the professionals responsible for defending the healthcare ecosystem from threats and vulnerabilities. 

Early bird registrants can attend for $300. Prices increase after April 19, 2019. Registrants interested in speaking at the event are encouraged to submit papers to the event organizers. The call for papers will close January 18, 2019 and those selected will be notified by February 15, 2019.


AAMI Exchange 2019

June 7–10. 
Huntington Convention Center & Global Center for Health Innovation.
Cleveland, Ohio.

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation will be hosting its first conference as the rebranded AAMI Exchange, focusing on cybersecurity, health tech management, global perspectives and more. On the expo floor, attendees will be able to engage with new technologies, including CyberMDX (booth 1524), exhibitions in a virtual reality theater, and what AAMI calls an "IoTXperience".

Attendees should expect a hands-on, engaging experience that offers interactive learning. AAMI Exchange offers a variety of pricing packages and different rates depending on the level of access you're looking for. You can see your options here. Please note that prices are set to increase after March 20, 2019.


CIO Healthcare Summit

July 17. 
Venue to be determined.
New York, New York.

A “signature” event for CDM Media, the CIO Healthcare Summit is focused on bringing together industry executives and IT professionals to explore the HITECH Act, specifically meaningful use, adoption of electronic health records software and health tech management. Intended to be an engaging educational experience, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in in-depth discussions about ongoing changes in the healthcare industry regarding both technology and public policy. The summit also places emphasis on networking opportunities and collaboration among attendees.

This one-day event gathers about 50 C Suite-level executives in an intimate and collaborative environment, giving attendees a dual opportunity to learn and network.

Interested parties can register on the event website. A call for speakers is also underway.


AHIMA19: Health Data & Information Conference

September 14–18. 
Tech West, Sands Expo.
Chicago, Illinois.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is celebrating 91 years with a conference focused on data privacy, cybersecurity and healthcare IT management. Workshop sessions will examine how healthcare IT products can be leveraged to improve care in the realms of behavioral health, physician practice and public advocacy. There will also be discussion on electronic health record lessons learned, along with industry updates.

ahima-healthcare-conferenceAttendees can review new healthcare IT solutions on display in the exhibit hall. Of course, it wouldn't be a conference without networking events; attendees can expect a fair amount of time to engage with their colleagues and make connections.

Registration for the event is not yet open, but potential exhibitors and sponsors can find out more here.


CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum

Nov 3–6. 
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
Phoenix, Arizona.

Organized by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives – an association devoted to the  professional betterment of top healthcare IT leaders  the CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum's agenda is not yet available. Still, it's on this list because over the years CHIME has emerged as one of the industry's most trusted bodies. Past events have never failed to impress and consistently rank among the top healthcare conferences  instilling within their participants an improved skill set and broader knowledge base. An organization focused on substance rather than show, CHIME events tend to offer networking opportunities second to none.

Billed as "the Premier Event for Healthcare CIOs", the CHIME19 Fall CIO Forum will speak to the unique needs of healthcare IT executives. If it's anything like last year's Fall Forum, programming will be designed very deliberately to foster meaningful interactions between the attendees – providing the time, context, and foil for conversations about best practices, professional development, collaboration opportunities, and strategic imperatives. 

Registration hasn't yet opened, but when it does, it will be available here.



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TEDMED 2018 wrapped up in November after a successful three-day event at the La Quinta Resort and Club in Palm Springs, California. Planning for TEDMED 2019 is already underway, although dates and a venue remain to be determined. TEDMED offers a comprehensive experience that includes not just educational and networking opportunities, but activities like hiking, yoga and meditation to start the day on the right foot.

Hundreds of delegates across the healthcare industry attend TEDMED, including clinical healthcare providers, executives, financiers and policymakers. Attendees can expect a diverse lineup of speakers with broad perspectives and fresh ideas in typical TED talk fashion.

To learn more and keep an eye out for announcements about the 2019 event, visit TEDMED's website.

Top Healthcare Conferences Offer Fresh Opportunities

Each conference on our list offers a unique opportunity to learn more about healthcare IT, share new ideas and meet new people from around the world. Each is especially valuable in a year where the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Promoting Interoperability (PI) Stage 3 standards are set to go into effect. What those standards mean to your organization, as well as what technology solutions are emerging to address their objectives, is sure to feature as a central themes as each event convenes.

Interested in what other healthcare industry events are on the calendar this year? Visit CyberMDX’s consolidated events page, which can be used as a valuable resource in 2019 and beyond. The new year is yet another opportunity to cement the gains brought to the healthcare industry by digital technology, and every event is an opportunity to refresh your thinking.

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