The 3 Essential Healthcare IT Conferences in Q1 2019

Healthcare information technology is a dynamic and ever-changing sector, and staying on top of innovations is key for anyone in the industry. With that in mind, here are three important conferences to prioritize in the first quarter of 2019.

CES 2019 (January 8, 2019 - January 11, 2019 | Las Vegas, NV)

Las Vegas' annual Consumer Electronics Show covers consumer technologies in a wide range of sectors and industries, but the section on digital health and healthcare IT is large and still growing. The tenth annual Digital Health Summit, held over the first two days of CES 2019, will cover issues related to technology and consumer healthcare, with topics ranging from digital medicines to big data to machine learning. Attendees can also benefit from the view CES provides into related innovations that may impact the healthcare sector.

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HIMSS19 (February 11, 2019 - February 15, 2019 | Orlando, FL)

This annual conference and exhibition is perhaps the most important event in the sector. Aimed at professionals in health IT, executives, clinicians and vendors, more than 40,000 attendees come from around the world. HIMSS19 will offer workshops, educational programs, thought-leader discussions and ample networking opportunities. Main topics to be addressed at this year's conference include consumer, patient engagement and digital/connected health; cybersecurity, privacy and security; data science/analytics/clinical and business intelligence; and health information exchange, interoperability, data integration and standards. The conference will conclude with keynote speeches from Atul Gawande (CEO of the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase Healthcare Initiative) and Mark Ebeling (CEO of Not Impossible Labs).

State Healthcare IT Connect Summit (March 18, 2019 - March 20, 2019 | Baltimore, MD)

Focused on healthcare IT as it relates to state health IT systems, this tenth annual summit seeks to bring together thought leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss key ideas and implementation strategies related to issues such as data governance, Medicaid modernization, HIX operations, MMIS re-procurement and more. The six separate tracks offered the summit provide attendees with the opportunity to delve deeper into key issues with keynote panels, workshops and collaborative networking roundtables.