Looking at my calendar for September and October, I’m a little overwhelmed. Over the course of those two months I’ll be attending five amazing conferences including the Connected Health Conference and The Annual Thought Leadership on Access Symposium (ATLAS), both in Boston. The role of Health IT will be taking center stage at both of these gatherings, and I can’t wait! These conferences are about improving access to care, connecting patients to clinicians, and improving health and wellness through the use of technology. I expect both of these conference to feel like reunions where many of us from the #HIT, #HCLDR and #HIT100 communities will come together. The Twitter activity should be amazing.
The Connected Health Conference, which I attended and blogged from last year, is one of my favorite events of the year. After meeting Joe Kvedar, MD, I ordered 50 copies of his book (The Internet of Healthy Things) and gave them to many of my colleagues and clients as holiday gifts. I’m curious about this year’s conference because it is the first since the coming together of the Partners Connected Health Symposium and the PCHAlliance Connected Health Conference (formerly the mHealth Summit). This year’s theme is “The Connected Life Journey: Shaping Health and Wellness for Every Generation.” Of course, Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, is serving as Program Chair for the Conference. The conference take place October 25-27, 2017. I’ll be flying directly from the Healthcare Internet Conference (HCIC) in Austin (leaving HCIC a little early) to attend the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Those are the kind of challenges I like to face!
The Thought Leadership on Access Symposium (ATLAS) is positioned as the preeminent patient access conference for hospital and health system leaders. Presentations will focus on driving digital innovation and using digital technology to enhancing patient access, improve the patient experience, and optimizing provider network management. This will be my first time attending the ATLAS Conference and I can’t wait. Look for my blog posts and Tweets. The conference takes place September 19-20, 2017.
I hope you’ve got at least one of these conference on your schedule.