We often get asked which Healthcare IT and EHR conferences are the best. I always reply that it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. Plus, many people are interested to know which Health IT conferences we’ll be attending so they can meet us in person. We’ll keep updating this page with the latest Healthcare IT and EHR events and which ones we’ll be attending. Where we have discount codes to attend, we’ll list those as well. Hopefully many people will find it useful. If you have other events you think we should list or you’d like us to attend your event, drop us a note on our contact us page.
Healthcare Scene’s Spring 2017 Conference and Event Schedule
Note: Due to high demand for our attendance at events, we’re unable to attend every event we’d like to attend. However, if you’d like hire Healthcare Scene to cover and/or speak at your conference, feel free to reach out to us on our contact us page and we can discuss details.
CES 2017 – January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV – This has always been a great event to attend, but over the years it’s really become a must attend event to see what’s happening in consumer digital health. Plus, the associated Digital Health Summit is full of really amazing content and speakers for those of us that care about more than iPhone cases.
HIMSS 2017 – February 19-23, 2017 in Orlando, FL – It’s HIMSS. It’s our home. We’ll be holding the New Media Meetup at HIMSS again along with a number of other great events. In fact, you can find all of the HIMSS 2017 meetups we’ll be participating in. Everyone is welcome to join us at these meetups and engage in some great discussions on the hottest healthcare IT topics out there.
Health IT Marketing and PR Conference 2017 – April 5-7, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV – This is the premiere event for Healthcare IT marketing and PR professionals. We’re quite biased towards this event since we organize it, but it really is a unique event focused on the healthcare marketing and PR industry. We’ve got something really special planned for 2017. Use the promo code: HITrocks for a special Healthcare Scene discount to the event.
Trends and Experiences in Healthcare IT and EHR – May 7-9, 2017 in Dubai, UAE – After 3 extremely successful workshops in Dubai, I’m heading back to teach another 2 day workshop on healthcare IT in May. It will also include a new pre-workshop course on EHR selection and implementation. We have 2 sponsorship slots available for healthcare IT and EHR companies interested in the middle east.
Our Take on Important Healthcare IT and EHR Conferences
Note: We’ll keep adding to this list as we discover new events.
International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – Always happens at the start of January in Las Vegas. This is an enormous show with a large and growing digital health section. The real challenge with CES is cutting through the noise (there’s a lot of it). However, it’s also an amazing event since so many people attend. Plus, you can get a flavor for what’s happening outside of healthcare that could be applied to healthcare.
CES 2014: 7-10 January, 2014 – Las Vegas
CES 2015: 8-11 January, 2015 – Las Vegas
CES 2016: 7-10 January, 2016 – Las Vegas
CES 2017: 5-8 January, 2017 – Las Vegas
CES 2018: 10-13 January, 2018 – Las Vegas
CES 2019: 10-13 January, 2019 – Las Vegas
CES 2020: 9-12 January, 2020 – Las Vegas
CES 2021: 7-10 January, 2021 – Las Vegas
CES 2022: 6-9 January, 2022 – Las Vegas
HIMSS Annual Conference – This is the top health IT user conference with usually well over 1000 healthcare IT vendors exhibiting and about 30,000 attendees.
2015 – Chicago – 4/12-4/16
2016 – Las Vegas – 2/29-3/4
2017 – Orlando – 2/19-2/23
2018 – Las Vegas – 3/5-3/9
2019 – Orlando – 2/11-2/15
2020 – Orlando – 3/9-3/13
SXSW – Healthcare is a small slice of what happens at SXSW, but they have a whole campus dedicated to healthcare IT solutions.
2015 – Austin, TX – 3/13-3/22
2016 – Austin, TX – 3/13-3/17
2017 – Austin, TX – 3/10-3/19
2018 – Austin, TX – 3/9-3/18
Healthcare Marketing and PR Conference – This is the first conference ever focused on Health IT Marketing and PR professionals. Initially focused on Healthcare B2B marketing, but looking to expand to healthcare marketing to patients.
2015 – Las Vegas, NV – 5/7-5/8
2016 – Atlanta, GA – 4/6-4/8
2017 – Las Vegas, NV – 4/5-4/7
2018 – Chicago, IL
HFMA ANI – This conference is focused on the hospital CFO (or as one attendee said, a bunch of accountants). This is a great event if you deal in the business and financials of healthcare.
2015 – Orlando – 6/22-6/25
2016 – Las Vegas – 6/26-6/29
2017 – Orlando – 6/25-6/28
AHIMA Annual Convention – AHIMA brings together HIM professionals. This conference has a lot of discussions around records management, compliance, RAC audits, and other issues effecting the HIM community.
2014 – San Diego, CA – 9/27-10/2
2015 – New Orleans – 9/26-9/30
2016 – Baltimore, MD – 10/15-10/20
2017 – Los Angeles, CA -10/7-10/12
2018 – Miami, FL – 9/22-9/27
2019 – Chicago, IL – 9/14-9/19
Health 2.0 – This conference features a mix of healthcare IT startup companies together with large healthcare IT companies that are trying to apply the latest healthcare IT technologies. Being in the bay area it’s a very startup centric event where how much money you’ve raised is your best business card.
2014 – Santa Clara, CA – 9/21-9/24
2015 – Santa Clara, CA – 10/4-10/7
2016 – Santa Clara, CA – 9/25-9/28
2017 – Santa Clara, CA – 10/1-10/4
MGMA Annual Conference – The MGMA Annual conference is a great place to meet with practice managers from across the whole spectrum of healthcare. The show has packed sessions and an exhibit floor which is quite similar to HIMSS, but without the craziness.
2017 – Anaheim, CA – 10/8-10/11
2018 – Boston, MA – 9/30-10/3
2019 – New Orleans, LA – 10/13-10/16
2020 – San Antonio, TX – 10/25-10/28
CHIME Fall Forum – This is the premiere event for hospital CIOs and other healthcare CIOs. CHIME does a great CIO forum during HIMSS as well, but their Fall Forum is their big annual event with the largest number of hospital CIOs I’ve seen anywhere.
2016 – Phoenix, AZ – 11/1-11/4
**NOTE: The Connected Health Symposium has merged with HIMSS’ Connected Health Conference (listed below) starting in 2017.
Connected Health Symposium – This event is put together by Partners Healthcare and brings together some of the best digital technologies. Being in Boston means that you get a lot of the great healthcare technologies from places like MIT, Harvard, and the surrounding healthcare IT community.
2014 – Boston – 10/23-10/24
2015 – Boston – 10/29-10/30
2016 – Boston – 10/20-10/21
AMIA Annual Symposium – AMIA is the academic home for informatics and the Symposium is the leading scientific meeting for biomedical and health informatics research and practice. I’ve never attended the vent, but have heard many good things about it.
2014 – Washington DC – 11/15-11/19
2015 – San Francisco – 11/14-11/18
2016 – Chicago – 11/12-11/16
2017 – Washington DC – 11/4-11/8
TEDMED – Think of TED, but applied to healthcare. The event strives to expand your thinking and take you beyond the practical realities of your job and inspire you. It’s a great event with inspiring presentations, but comes with a hefty $5k price tag.
2014 – Washington DC and San Francisco – 9/10-9/12
2015 – Palm Springs, CA – 11/18-11/20
2016 – Palm Springs, CA – 11/30-12/2
RSNA – This conference is focused on radiology technologies and is bigger than the HIMSS conference.
2014 – Chicago – 11/30-12/5
2015 – Chicago – 11/29-12/4
2016 – Chicago – 11/27-12/2
2017 – Chicago – 11/26-12/1
Connected Health Conference (Formerly the mHealth Summit and Connected Health Symposium) – This event is the merging of two conferences that were both purchased by HIMSS. Normally held in DC, when they merged with the Connected Health Symposium, Joseph Kvedar and his team made the case to at least hold the 2017 event in Boston. Plus, Joseph Kvedar has taken over as Program Chair. We’ll see in 2017 how this event evolves.
2014 – Washington DC – 12/7-12/11
2015 – Washington DC – 12/8-12/11
2016 – Washington DC – 12/11-12/14
2017 – Boston – 10/25-10/27
Healthcare IT and EHR User Conferences
Allscripts – ACE – Allscripts Client Experience – #ACE14
Amazing Charts – Pri-Med Live CME Meetings
Aprima – Aprima User Conference
athenahealth – athenahealth User Conference – #athenahealthUC
Cerner – Cerner Health Conference
Corepoint – Corepoint Connect
Craneware – Craneware Summit
CureMD – CureMD User Conference – #CureMDUC
eCW – eClinicalWorks National Users Conference
Epic – Epic UGM
FDB and Zynx – The FDB & Zynx Health Conference
GE Centricity – CHUG – Independently Organized
gMed – gMed User Conference – #gMedSummit2014
Greenway – Engage 14 – includes Vitera and SuccessEHS – #GreenwayENGAGE
Healthport – HIM Educational Summit –
HL7 – HL7 Annual Plenary & Working Group Meeting – Genomics Policy Conference
Intelligent InSites – INSITES Build
McKesson – InSight365 – Independently Organized
McKesson – McKesson Health Solutions Conference – #MHSC2014
Meditech – MUSE – Independently Organized
Modernizing Medicine – EMA Nation – #EMANation14
NextGen – NextGen Nation
NTT Data – NTT Data Client Conference
Sanotron – Interface Digital Health Summit
Siemens – Innovations for Healthcare IT
SRS Soft – SRS Annual User Summit
If you know of other health IT or EHR user conferences that we’re missing, let us know on our contact us page.
Healthcare Scene’s Fall 2016 Conference and Event Schedule
EHR Training Course – August 24-25, 2016 in Dubai, UAE – After 2 extremely successful workshops in Dubai last year, I’m heading back to teach another 2 day EHR workshop at the end of August. I’m excited to share my EHR knowledge with the Middle East Healthcare IT and EHR community. We’re offering a few limited sponsorship opportunities for the workshop if any companies are interested in getting exposure to the middle east healthcare IT market.
Qualcomm Life Connect – August 30-August 31, 2016 in San Diego, CA – It’s been amazing to watch the rise of Qualcomm in the healthcare IT space. They’ve made some big investments and so I thought it would be interesting to attend their event.
Connected Health Summit – August 30-September 1 in San Diego, CA – This even is organized by Parks Associates. I’ll admit that I’ve never been to the conference, but the agenda looked interesting and so I thought it worth my time to check out.
AHIMA Convention 2016 – October 15-19 in Baltimore, MD – I’ve always been impressed by this event. The HIM professionals that attend are extraordinary. It’s always fun to learn a lot from them. They have a really unique perspective on what’s happening in the industry. Plus, I get to spend time with Erin Head who writes HIM Scene. People like her illustrate why the future of HIM is in good hands.
Connected Health Symposium – October 20-21, 2016 in Boston, MA – I haven’t been to this event for a couple years, but I enjoyed it the first time I attended. I’m interested in how the event has evolved over the years and where it is today.
MGMA Annual Conference – October 30-November 2, 2016 in San Francisco, CA – Much like the AHIMA event, I really enjoy the perspective that practice managers bring to what’s happening in healthcare. They bring some great “in the trenches” views on their experience with healthcare IT and the changing business of medicine.
CHIME Fall Forum – November 1-4, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ – This will be the 25th anniversary for CHIME, so I’m expecting big things from this event. Plus, there’s no better place to meet with hospital CIOs than the CHIME Fall Forum. As a startup entrepreneur myself, I’m a little geeked out to hear Robert Herjavec talk at the event. Although, my favorite part of the event is sitting in on the focus groups. Nothing like raw discussion between hospital CIOs.
RSNA – November 27-December 2, 2016 in Chicago, IL – Last year was the first time I attended RSNA. I had a great time and so I think I’ll brave the post Thanksgiving cold in Chicago again. The intersection of health IT and radiology really fascinates me.
Digital Health Conference – December 6-7, 2016 in New York City, NY – I’ve been involved with this conference since it first started. Even spoke at it before. I was sad when they didn’t hold it last year, but I’m glad that it’s back in 2016. The event is really excellent because it brings together the New York healthcare community with innovations from around the world. I’m excited to see what’s new in New York and to learn more about the progress NYeC has made as well. Since we’re a partner of the event, you can use the promo code HCS to get a 15% discount off your registration.
Possible Late Additions: Healthcare Analytics Summit, Health Impact Midwest, NextGen UGM, Epic UGM, Cerner UGM, and the Connected Health Conference.
Healthcare Scene’s Spring 2016 Conference and Event Schedule
International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – January 7-10, 2016 in Las Vegas – I always like to spend some time roaming the floor, connecting with smart people, and seeing what the next year of digital has in store for healthcare. I’ll be moderating a digital health panel on Thursday.
HCAA Executive Forum – February 9-11 in Las Vegas – This event is put on by the Health Care Administrators Association (HCCA). It will be my first time attending the event.
HIMSS – February 29-March 4 in Las Vegas – Multiple members of Healthcare Scene will be part of this event. Tuesday we’ll be hosting our New Media Meetup event at HIMSS. I’ll also be speaking at HIMSS if you’d like to attend my session on Marketing to Customers in an Uncertain Healthcare IT Marketplace.
National Council on Behavioral Health – March 7-9 in Las Vegas – This is my first time attending a behavioral health event and it was outstanding. Lots of tech discussion, but also a bunch of sessions that add perspective on the challenges mental health professionals face. The only problem is that it’s right after HIMSS this year which means I only have limited time to attend.
SXSW Interactive – March 14-16 in Austin – I’m actually barely going to be attending SXSW (They have a full SXSW Health section this year). I’ll be participating in the Dell Healthcare Think Tank Event (#DoMoreHIT) that’s happening at the same time as SXSW. It’s streamed live online, so you can join all of the event virtually.
Health IT Marketing and PR Conference – April 6-8, 2016 in Atlanta, GA – This is the premiere event for Healthcare IT marketing and PR professionals. We’re quite biased towards this event since we organize it, but it really is a unique event focused on the healthcare marketing and PR industry. Use the promo code: HITrocks for a special Healthcare Scene discount to the event.
WEDI Conference – May 23-26, 2016 in Salt Lake City, UT – I’d always heard good things about the WEDI conference and looking at the speaker list, it’s shaping up to be a great conference. It will be my first time attending, but I’m excited to learn at this event.
AHIP – June 15-17, 2016 in Las Vegas – This will be our first time attending AHIP, but as payers and providers become one in the same we think it’s really important for us to explore what’s happening at AHIP with all the payers.
EHR Training Course – August 24-25 in Dubai, UAE – After 2 extremely successful workshops in Dubai last year, I’m heading back to teach another 2 day EHR workshop at the end of August. I’m excited to share my EHR knowledge with the Middle East Healthcare IT and EHR community. We’re offering a few limited sponsorship opportunities for the workshop if any companies are interested in getting exposure to the middle east healthcare IT market.
Healthcare Scene’s Fall 2015 Conference and Event Schedule
HIM Summit – July 26-29 in Palm Beach, FL – I’m excited to be helping lead a roundtable discussion with Agency Ten22 at this event along with doing some video, tweets and my usual social media event coverage. This event is hosted by Healthport and should be a great place to learn, network and relax with the amazing HIM professionals out there.
EHR Training Course – August 31 – September 1 in Dubai, UAE – After an extremely successful EHR workshop in Dubai in May, I’m heading back to teach another 2 day EHR workshop at the end of August. I’m excited to share my EHR knowledge with the Middle East Healthcare IT and EHR community. We’re offering a few limited sponsorship opportunities for the workshop if any companies are interested in getting exposure to the middle east healthcare IT market.
CTIA Super Mobility Week – September 9-11 in Las Vegas – Served as a judge for the CTIA Startup Showcase judging the mHealth companies.
HBMA Fall Annual Conference – September 10-12 in Las Vegas – The HBMA annual conference is always a great event that has some of the most practical and useful sessions I’ve been to along with a great community of medical billing companies. Great content together with great people makes for a great event.
MGMA Annual Conference – October 11-14 in Nashville – Imagine the HIMSS exhibit hall without all the insanity. That’s what MGMA feels like for me. A lot of the same companies are at MGMA, but it’s not quite as crazy. MGMA also puts on some of the best sessions. If you want to find the attendees, they’ll be in the sessions and not the exhibit floor. We’ll be doing another social media meetup at MGMA which is always my favorite part. I’m also excited to hear Atul Gawande, MD who I’ve yet to hear in person.
Healthcare IT Transformation Assembly – October 25-27 in Miami, FL – This peer to peer event brings together some of the leading healthcare CIOs in one place to discuss the challenges they face. I’ll be facilitating a number of round table discussions at the event.
RSNA 2015 – November 29-December 4 in Chicago, IL – This is the premiere radiology conference. It will be our first time attending, so I’m excited to see what it’s like.
Healthcare Scene’s Spring 2015 Conference and Event Schedule
SXSW Interactive – March 15-16 in Austin – I’m actually barely going to be attending SXSW (They have a full SXSW Health section this year). I’ll be participating in the Dell Healthcare Think Tank Event (#DoMoreHIT) that’s happening during SXSW. It’s streamed live online, so you can join us virtually even if you don’t want to brave the craziness of SXSW.
HIMSS – April 12-16 in Chicago – Multiple members of Healthcare Scene will be part of this event. We’ll be co-hosting a social media and influencer meetup at HIMSS. Tuesday evening we’ll also be hosting the New Media Meetup as well.
Health IT Marketing and PR Conference – May 7-8 in Las Vegas – This is the premiere event for Healthcare IT marketing and PR professionals. We’re quite biased towards this event since we organize it, but it really is a unique event focused on the healthcare marketing and PR industry. Use the promo code: HITrocks for a special Healthcare Scene discount to the event.
EHR Training Course – May 24-26 in Dubai, UAE – We’ll be teaching a 3 day course on EHR in Dubai. More details coming soon!
Healthcare Scene’s Fall 2014 Conference Schedule
Black Hat – August 2-7 in Las Vegas – Definitely not a healthcare IT specific conference, but this is the hacker and IT security people’s event. Plus, they always have a few sessions about healthcare or medical devices. I’ll be interested to see what’s new in the world of IT security and how far behind we are in healthcare.
INSITES Build – September 22-23 in Fargo, ND – This will be my first time attending this event. I have heard good things about the event and I was asked to come and speak at the event, so I’m excited to learn more about INSITES. Plus, I needed to check off a visit to North Dakota on my bucket list.
AHIMA Convention 2014 – September 27-October 2 in San Diego – What’s better than an event in San Diego (Vegas of course)? I’ve been to AHIMA the past couple years and I’m looking forward to attending the event again this year.
Craneware Summit – October 14-16 in Las Vegas – This is the Craneware user conference. I’m excited to mix and mingle with the healthcare CFOs that are Craneware’s users. It’s always great to get some in the trenches perspective on what’s happening.
MGMA 2014 – October 26-29 in Las Vegas – I love that MGMA is in Las Vegas again. This overlaps with CHIME again this year, but I’ll be enjoying at least a couple days of MGMA before I leave for CHIME.
CHIME Fall CIO Forum – October 28-31 in San Antonio – I was first pointed to this event by Neil Versel. It’s a great event if you want to learn from hospital CIOs.
EMA Nation Users Conference 2014 – November 6-9 in Orlando – This is the Modernizing Medicine EHR user conference. I’m a huge fan of user conferences and so I’m looking forward to meeting the Modernizing Medicine users.
Digital Health Conference – November 17-18 in New York City – I think this is the 4th year I’ve worked with and attended the Digital Health Conference in NYC. I’ll be making the trek again this year and look forward to connecting with so many great people in the NYC healthcare community. Discount: Get 20% off your registration when you use the discount code: HCS
International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – January 6-9, 2015 in Las Vegas – I always like to spend some time roaming the floor, connecting with smart people, and seeing what the next year of digital has in store for us.