I’ve attended the mHealth Summit the past 3-4 years (sorry I lose track). I’ve always enjoyed the experience since I have a lot of friends and colleagues in Washington DC. However, the conference has always been a bit underwhelming for me. This year I didn’t have any other work or friend related things happening in DC and so I won’t be making the long trek to the frigid DC area for the mHealth Summit this year. I’ll admit that I’ve had a busy Fall conference season as well, and so that adds to the desire to not travel.
However, I’m hearing that a lot of people aren’t going to the mHealth Summit 2015. I’ll be interested to hear the final attendee and exhibitor numbers when they come out and see how they compare to past years. Maybe the people I’ve talked to are just an aberration. I’ll admit that as I’ve seen some of the tweets I’ve wondered if I should be there (FOMO at play?). Although, when I think of leaving my wife and kids again, the jealousy mostly departs.
The great part is that I can still watch the mHealth Summit twitter stream (#mhs14 I believe) and get a feel for what’s happening at the conference. I’m sure I’ll see many of the most interesting companies at CES a few weeks later. At least that’s what happened last year. There wasn’t much new to talk about when you see a company at two shows within a month of each other.
I’ll also be interested to see if mHealth Summit can really crack into the general healthcare market. I think this was at least part of the goal when HIMSS took it over. Could HIMSS bring the more traditional healthcare people into the mHealth space?
I’ve heard many people argue that mHealth will eventually just become a standard part of health IT. I agree with this idea. Makes me wonder when mHealth will be a section of HIMSS as opposed to its own conference.