Which EMR Conferences Do You Attend?

This week I finally got my flight and hotel all lined up for my trip to HIMSS. Thanks to Practice Fusion for sponsoring that part of my trip to HIMSS. It’s greatly appreciated. I think Orlando is going to be a great destination for HIMSS and the energy and excitement is going to be something else thanks to the EMR stimulus money. It should be a pretty exciting event with far too many people, sessions and vendors to take in.

I’m still considering throwing together a New Media Meetup at HIMSS like I did last year. It was a lot of fun and worked out well since we just partnered with MEDecision to pull it off. If you’re interested in helping put something like that together or attending an event like that, let me know and I’ll be sure to let you know the details. I personally really like these sorts of intimate meetings with interesting people who understand New Media like blogs, twitter, Facebook, etc.

What other conferences do people attend? I’ve been to a number of different EMR events this last year. The Mobile Health Expo was a fun event and should get better as it grows. I really enjoyed mixing it up with all the doctors at AAFP (even if I did get kicked out of a session since I wasn’t a doctor).

I’d wanted to go to MGMA this year, but couldn’t quite swing it. The good thing is that the 2011 MGMA Annual Conference is in Las Vegas (my backyard) and so I can easily attend while still enjoying my own bed. HIMSS 2012 is also going to be in Las Vegas which is very convenient for me. Obviously, you can see I have a bit of a bias to EMR or healthcare IT related conferences in Las Vegas. It’s just so much nicer and luckily a fair amount of them come to Las Vegas.

I heard there’s going to be a healthcare portion of SXSW in Austin. That’s a conference I’ve always wanted to go to. Health 2.0 could also be interesting, but I find it much more consumer health app focused than EMR and doctor focused.

Are there any other EMR related conferences that I should keep my eye on?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • Hi John,

    Welcome back ! Hope you had a wonderful Xmas !

    I am sure EMR/EHR is going to rock in 2011 as with MU begins by Jan 3rd !!

    So what is your real time prediction for ‘stimulus’ in 2011.


  • Thanks Naga. I had a great Christmas! Thanks.

    A prediction post is a good idea. Maybe I’ll save it for later this week. A New Year type post.

  • Thanks for the post + info.

    The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) annual conf in Chicago might be worth looking into. Will mainly be hospital/systems administrators and there will probably be docs+vendors present.

  • John, you should definitely attend the eHealth Initiative Annual Conference, “eHealth: Turning Policy Into Action,” Jan 19-20 in DC. I’d been meaning to reach out to you … Email me if you would like to learn more. Get a nice cross-section of the entire health IT sector together.

    Brian Wagner

  • @HC_capitalist,
    Sounds interesting. I normally focus more on Ambulatory, but I bet that would be an interesting conference.

    Brian Wagner,
    Thanks for reaching out. I’ll send you an email to talk more.

  • John, no problem.

    Here’s another non-repeating 2 day conf in D.C. by the ONC.

    “Images, Electronic Health Records, and Meaningful Use: A Vision for the Future.” The goal of this workshop is to understand the value of access to images as part of the meaningful use of electronic medical records


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