It seems like every day of the week there is another healthcare IT conferences. In fact, there are multiple conferences going on at the same time. These conferences can be great opportunities for you to learn and grow professionally and personally. Plus, you can never underestimate the value of networking with your peers at professional conferences. It’s great for your current position and also for your future career.
Of course, the real challenge for a healthcare IT professional is deciding which healthcare IT conferences and events to attend. While not completely comprehensive, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular healthcare IT conferences out there along with the ones we attend each year.
The type of conference you’ll want to depend will depend on your skill set and your ambition. For example, if you’re a CIO or working to become one, then CHIME’s Fall Forum is a must attend event. It’s a challenge sometimes to break into the old boys club of CIOs, but there are a lot of CIOs at the event. If you’re in HIM then AHIMA’s Annual Convention is a great event to meet with thousands of your peers. HIMSS is a great event for anyone interested in working in healthcare IT. The challenge with HIMSS is that it’s so large that it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle if you don’t plan ahead.
Those are some of the larger conferences, but don’t forget about some of the smaller, niche focused conferences. For example, the Healthcare IT Marketing and PR Conference is great for marketers, PR people, and social media professionals. Health 2.0 is great for startup companies. Connected Health Symposium is great for cutting edge health IT products.
Also, remember that you don’t have to attend the conference to still learn and network with attendees. Thanks to social media like Twitter and conference hashtags, you can often learn and connect with attendees by following and participating on the hashtag. Check out this list of healthcare conference hashtags to see the wide variety of healthcare hashtags that exist.
Obviously, you don’t want to become a professional conference attendee. You still have a job to do, but attending the right conferences and events can be great for your organization and your career.