10 Healthcare IT Events and Conferences You Can’t Afford to Miss

Originally Published by The Capterra Medical Software Blog

I’ll admit it.

I go to conferences for the free schwag.

The cleverly-shaped flash drives, the drawstring bags, the stress balls. And the pens. Oh, so many thousands upon thousands of differently branded, multi-colored, and weirdly-sized pens. It’s like a veritable Mardi Gras where Bics have replaced beads as the currency of the realm.

Of course, as a health IT professional you have much better reasons for attending industry events. You need to keep up with the state of the art, brush up on industry best-practices, and meet with hundreds of colleagues who are experiencing the same issues you are and who can help you solve them.

To aid you in reaching those goals, I’ve compiled a list of the top ten healthcare technology events and conferences. I can’t guarantee the best pens, but I do promise full slates of knowledgeable speakers and rewarding break-out sessions.

In alphabetical order:

Digital Health Conference

Though this event, run by New York eHealth Collaborative, focuses on healthcare in New York specifically, the topics covered and speakers present are relevant to HIT professionals, doctors who run their own medical practices, and any office or hospital staff dealing with tech issues across the country. From EHR implementation reporting to mobile healthcare, and with keynote speakers like the Chairman of Kaiser Permanente, this event is not one to be missed.

Digital Health Summit


This four-day conference brings together thought leaders and executives in the electronic healthcare space to talk about everything from Meaningful Use to tele-health systems. Speakers run the gamut from athenahealth VPs to Global Directors of L’Oreal.

Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition

While targeted directly at healthcare IT workers employed with, or contracted by, the government, this two day conference is nevertheless valuable for anyone involved in HIT in the U.S. Organized by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), this event includes presentations on things like using Big Data with patient information and how recent policy changes will actually be implemented in reality. With speakers like sitting senators and HHS employees, this is a must for learning more about how government intervention is changing healthcare.

Health 2.0

Silicon Valley’s answer to the healthcare technology question, Health 2.0 showcases “cutting-edge innovation that’s transforming health and health care.” Speakers and panel moderators such as California’s Lieutenant Governor or the Director of Digital Strategy for Pew Research Center handle topics like wellness apps, Big Data, and digital diagnostic tools.

National Health Care Innovation Summit

This one day event hosted by the Gary and Mary West Health Institute is for bringing together “policy makers and the public and private sectors to discuss innovative solutions to our nation’s health care challenges.” Keynote speakers include heavyweights like Malcolm Gladwell as well as the National Coordinator for Health IT at ONC. They discuss big picture themes like interoperability and how mandated standards affect innovation.

Health IT Summit

A series of events put on by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation across 10 different cities in the U.S., the Health IT Summits address a number of issues, from dealing with Meaningful Use guidelines, to using EMRs for population health. CIOs from prominent hospitals and health networks, as well as presidents and founders of health technology companies comprise the large slate of speakers.

HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition

I know I mentioned several of these events are can’t-miss. Well, with the HIMSS Conference, I really, really mean it. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is a giant organization with 52,000 members and their six day conference is jam-packed with workshops, courses, presentations, and break-out sessions. Covering health IT law, to healthcare informatics, to EHR interoperability, and with people like Hillary Clinton and Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, as keynote speakers, this conference is a must-attend for CIOs and other HIT professionals.

Hospital and Healthcare I.T. Conference

A smaller conference of typically 100–200 attendees, this event, put on by Health Connect Partners, is aimed only at executive-level hospital and healthcare providers. This more intimate setting is focused on networking and educational sessions, as well as a “reverse expo” for talking with solution providers and learning about new health IT options.

Medical Informatics World Conference

A new two-day conference in the U.S., Medical Informatics World is for senior executives and “industry leaders” in healthcare, biomedical sciences, health informatics, and IT. Its four concurrent tracks include IT security and privacy in healthcare, population health management, coordinated patient care engagement, and data collaboration between provider, payer, and pharma. Speakers run the gamut from the CTO of HHS, to the CIO of Beth Israel.

Stanford Medicine X

Hosted on Stanford University’s campus, Stanford Medicine X is [focused on] “patient-centered innovation” and investigating how the bleeding edge of new healthcare technologies could improve the practice of medicine. With speakers presenting on everything from “peer-to-peer healthcare” to social media strategies for healthcare, this conference is sure to keep any hungry technologist satisfied.


What other healthcare technology events would you include in this list? Where’s the best one to get free pens?

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