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Health Conferences and Events

Medical conferences to health innovation events - a large task, but we're starting to make a list and please add as many as you know so we can turn into a database and keep it updated and searchable!

American Public Health Association October 29-Nov 1, Denver, CO

APHA's 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo brings together more than *12,000 *of your peers from across the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share experiences.
Find out why this is an event you can't miss.
Join us at the Colorado Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Denver for the world's largest public health conference and expo!
Registration and Housing open June 1
Here's what you can look forward to at APHA 2016:

  • ATTEND as many of the 1,000 sessions as you can squeeze into your schedule.
  • EARN Continuing Education Credits (additional fees apply).
  • ENGAGE with the biggest companies and organizations in public health at the Public Health Expo.
  • MEET face-to-face with potential employers at APHA's Public Health CareerMart Career Guidance Center.
  • Opinions expressed by authors of abstracts represent only the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American Public Health Association

There's something for everyone!
First-Time Attendees
Students and Early-Career Professionals

Environments for Aging Expo & Conference- April 9 - April 12, 2016 Austin, TX

Network with peers while learning the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term and residential care settings.

  • Three-day learning experience
  • Network with peers while learning the latest innovations and best practices in the design of long-term and residential care settings
  • Up to 23 continuing education units can be earned
  • Twitter: @EFAcon

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Owners
  • Developers
  • Facilities managers
  • Design professionals
  • Product manufacturers
  • Government officials
  • Gerontologists & other aging experts
Healthcare Design Expo and Conference November 12-15, 2016, Houston

November 12-15, 2016
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX - See more at:


Little can have more impact on a patient and caregivers' day to day lives than the equipment they need to survive and for quality of life- yet as you'll see here, the "business" of the home medical equipment is far removed from patient day to day lives and vice versa- these are exactly the kind of events in which more voices need to be heard across industries.

The Medtrade Conference sessions cover:

So long as Medicare pays suppliers, Medicare will conduct audits. An audit is a convenient way for Medicare to "claw back" some of what it previously paid. Today, Medicare audits are out of control. The programs in this track are presented by industry experts on audits. The programs will teach the supplier the steps to reduce the risk that an audit will occur. The programs will teach the supplier how to prepare for an audit. The programs will also show the supplier how to respond to an audit in such a way that the risk of a clawback is reduced. - See more at:

Business Operations
The ability to run an effective business operation can have a strong impact on your financial bottom line. These sessions cover topics such as hiring and training, taking care of your customers, and how to prepare your business and staff for a successful future. - See more at:

Continuing Education & Training
The DME industry is an evolving enterprise that demands continuing education across several product categories. This track reflects the diverse products and services required in the realms of rehab/assistive technology, sleep/oxygen/respiratory, and wound care. Rehab/assistive technology sessions offer insight on documentation,product selection, assessment, and more. Sleep/Oxygen/Respiratory covers the ever-changing reimbursement codes, patient care practices, and technological advances that providers need for a successful respiratory business. Finally, the clinical and business intricacies of wound care will be covered in this track. - See more at:

Keeping it Legal
Laws affecting the HME industry continue to change. These programs will assist you in understanding how to successfully operate your business within legal guidelines. Learn about federal and state laws governing HME, as well as legislation that is "coming down the road". - See more at:

Medicare Updates
Frequent changes in HME industry demand that home healthcare providers stay “in the know.” This track will feature timely updates from various organizations, including the National Supplier Clearinghouse, National Government Services, CGS, and Palmetto GBA. Individual speakers will also provide updates on clinical issues affecting the industry. - See more at:

The interest in retail-focused home medical equipment operations continues to increase as providers look to diversify product categories, payor sources and customer demographics. This track will provide the nuts and bolts of how to create and manage a profitable retail business while ensuring the appropriate sales, marketing and operational strategies are in place. - See more at:

Sales & Marketing
Are you interested in creating new business, reaching new markets and developing a more productive sales team? If so, make plans to attend the series of educational sessions presented in the Sales & Marketing track. Experts in this field will teach you how to effectively and efficiently sell and market your most important products and how to create new revenue sources for your business. - See more at:

*Strategic Planning *
By necessity, the DME industry has become the "thinking person's" industry. No longer can the DME supplier simply react to what comes its way. Rather, the successful supplier must stay a few steps ahead of market forces. Said another way, the supplier must "plan." The programs in this track will instruct suppliers on how to prepare a strategic plan, how to follow the plan, and how to continually update and upgrade the strategic plan. The programs will also suggest key topics that should be addressed in a strategic plan. - See more at:

Trending Markets
The HME industry is changing at a breathtaking pace. The "old way" of doing business will result in failure. The programs in this track focus on new ways for suppliers to conduct business and focus on untapped and emerging markets. For example, health care is becoming "data driven" and the focus is on "outcome." The forward-thinking supplier will set itself apart from its competitors by providing outcome data to payers and physicians. This is just one of the topics to be covered by this track. - See more at:

MedX Stanford, CA September 16-18, 2016

According to social media analytics firm Symplur, as a patient-centric healthcare IT conference, Medicine X “Sets the bar higher”. Higher in terms of setting a new world record in engagement, social media discussions, and sustained conversations after the conference ended.

National Conference on Hydrocephalus Minneapolis, MN • June 16-19, 2016

Please join us for the 14th National Conference on Hydrocephalus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and connections to address the medical, educational and social challenges of living with hydrocephalus and to provide the opportunity for an enjoyable get together. Hydrocephalus is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. Our patient-centered conferences empower all of us to understand, seek out and put into place, care programs and services that will meet our needs now and well into the future.

Planetree International Conference on Patient Centered Care- Chicago, Oct 20-Nov 2, 2016

Planetree has touched millions of lives across the world. The voices of healthcare professionals and patients illustrate our impact.

RESNA/ NCART 2016- July 10-14, 2016, Arlington VA

RESNA/NCART 2016 annual conference, protecting access to assistive technology, July 12-15, 2016 in Arlington, VA

The RESNA/NCART 2016 Conference is the ultimate resource for assistive technology products and services. More than 500 decision-makers will attend the conference to see innovative technology, find new suppliers, learn about best practices, meet with current and prospective customers, and network with industry leaders. Conference attendees are key decision makers who influence purchasing decisions in their universities, clinics, and private practices.

WHAT IS THE DEVELOPERS FORUM? - Tuesday 6:30-8:30 July 12, 2016
The Developers Forum provides a unique interactive opportunity for both large and small developers to obtain feedback on their products and to discuss ideas for new products and enhancements with engineers, rehab technologists, therapists, consumers and others in the field of assistive technology. Products showcased at the Developers Forum should be under development, new products, and products undergoing redesign for which you are particularly interested in receiving constructive feedback. Participants are welcome from all areas of assistive technology, including hardware/software, AAC, workplace accommodations, Universal Design, seating/position/mobility, transportation, recreation, etc.

World Health Innovation Summit- London, June 2016

London, United Kingdom
June 2016
Community Led, Social Enterprise

From Their Site
“Together, We Inspire” - Gareth Presch, Founder

We want the best health care system in the World and we want it run in the most efficient and effective way so we all benefit. How can we deliver this?

According to our World Health Organisation determinants of health are:
– the social and economic environment
– the physical environment, and
– the persons individuals characteristics and behaviours

Our health services are stretched and under increasing pressure. Excessive pressure to provide effective health care will continue to rise as our expectations do. We need innovative ideas to support our health care system and the World Health Innovation Summit provides us with that opportunity.

A solution – Our World Health Innovation Summit is a new innovative way of working together to find solutions and provides us with a platform for us all to work together.
The World Health Innovation Summit is not just a conference or a meeting. It’s about our communities coming together to work together to improve health care for all on a continuous basis. By supporting our communities to share knowledge, inspire and innovate we as individuals and a community benefit.


By bringing patients, clinicians, managers, voluntary sector, education and businesses together to exchange knowledge, inspire and innovate together we all learn and our health service will benefit.
Health touches every sector (education, technology, building etc) and in order to find solutions we need an innovative idea. This is it, It’s about every one of us helping to support our health services. In order to do that we need a platform for people to contribute and meet to share their knowledge and the World Health Innovation Summit provides that platform to do this in a consolidated structured process and innovate solutions.

Our business model is – we will make our events and activities accessible for everyone. All we need to do is cover our costs. I’ve funded everything up to this point in relation to all expenditure for the World Health Innovation Summit and I’ve done this because I believe this is in the benefit of the community, but more importantly in our children’s benefit. We will bring in revenue by partnerships, sponsorships, digital sales and a number of other commercial activities that will mean we can put money back into our communities. Excess funding after our costs will go to local community projects.

  • Stay tuned as we merge our numerous multi-media properties into Living Labs. Lists will be one foundation of the thousands of curated resources, products and services offered for Baby Boomers, patients and the organizations and professionals who work to make their lives easier. Contact us now to sell your innovations at our marketplace, share spaces that inspire Design for Life or create or curate your best expertise including service, sensory, accessible, user-centered, sustainable, evidence based and universal design experiences. Pre-launch opportunities to be selected from your expertise for media, travel, products and pay. Living Labs is connecting creators and users for independence, dignity and beauty for all.

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