Many conferences, summits and symposiums are annual events that we look forward to attending each year. Below is a list of this year’s past events, some of which you may consider attending when they come around again in 2019.



Each year AMIA (the American Medical Informatics Association) holds its Annual Symposium.  The organisation is a community of professionals who are committed to the vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. Thus, AMIA’s yearly event brings together informatics professionals from diverse backgrounds who are striving towards this goal.  Whether they be a leading expert in the field or a students just learning about the field, the event provides them an opportunity to learn, to network, and to engage with new people, technologies and ideas.

This event will be held in San Francisco, California, USA from November 3 to 7, 2018.

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The MEDICA World Forum for Medicine is an International Trade Fair combined with Forums and Conferences. Last year a total of 123,500 delegates from over 130 different countries were in attendance. These recent delegates from countries such as China, India, Columbia and Nepal, mixed with returning delegates from medical technology markets in Europe providing both parties an opportunity to make many industry and business contacts.

Additionally, attendees participated in seminars such as the one for doctors dealing with ‘Handing Over Practices’, which proved to be very popular and relevant due to the fact that a large number of doctors will retire in the near future. Another session that attracted large numbers was ‘Infection Prevention’ which brought up related areas such as travel medicine, worldwide migration, interdisciplinary cooperative work, the increase in resistance and multi-resistance, and hygiene measures and therapies.

Conferences included in the trade fair such as MEDICA MEDICINE + SPORTS CONFERENCE, MEDICA HEALTH IT FORUM, MEDICA CONNECTED HEALTHCARE FORUM and DiMiMED (the international military and disaster medical conference) are also continually popular with attendees in that they not only impart and share knowledge but can also help exhibitors find the right target groups for their innovations.

Finally, the exhibition floor allowed attendees to view an impressive amount of innovative technologies like game changers such as an ultrasound system consisting solely of a transducer, a smartphone and an app. With innovations such as these, technologies are more accessible than ever to a wide range of markets and health areas. A trend that exhibitors at the International Trade Show aptly demonstrated last year and will continue to demonstrate in 2018.

This event will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from  November 12 to 15, 2018.

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RSNA 2018

The 104th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting of the Radiology Society of North America will take place as usual at McCormick Place in Chicago. This gathering is the world’s premier radiology forum and draws approximately 55,000 attendees annually. The theme for last year’s event was ‘Explore. Invent. Transform.’ and although the theme for this year has yet to be announced, plans are already underway for a compelling and educational industry event.

This event will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA from November 25 to 30, 2018.

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This year’s, the 48th, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is designed around the theme of Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.  Its programme, initiatives and projects aim to rededicate world leaders from all areas and sectors to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world.  Under this umbrella, the topic of Health Care features heavily and attendees can attend sessions that focus on topics such as: The New Health Paradigm which asks how patient-centred healthcare is reshaping the industry and how patients and corporations will benefit from value-based care.  Another major focus of the forum is the idea of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a session is devoted to how Health Care will be transformed within this revolutionary technological context.  Other sessions on Health Care simply explore that state of it in the United States, or how DNA and bio-technology can help bring humans into the future.

This event will be held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from January 23 to 26, 2018.

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The Alberta Network for Health Information eXchange is a group of professionals with an interest in Alberta’s Health Informatics, Healthcare Technology and Information Management industry. Digital Health Canada (Formerly COACH) is an organisation whose members have a shared interest in health informatics, health information management, digital health, m-health, e-health, or related healthcare issues and practices. Together these organisations have similar visions of bringing together ideas and individuals to support their industry in education, application and advocacy.  To this end, they come together each year to host a conference designed to attract leaders, thinkers, senior executives, and individuals within the health space from Calgary and surrounding area.

This year’s theme of “Enabling Effective Community Healthcare” explores the cost of healthcare delivery as it encounters an aging population and a generally greater level of acuity in the community caseload. The industry response of bringing healthcare delivery to the community will be explored by specifically focusing on the issues and opportunities of delivering effective care in the community, current Alberta initiatives that are impacting this area, and some of the technology innovations that are making this possible.

This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on February 6, 2018.

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The BC Health Information Management Professionals Society (BCHIMPS) is a not-for-profit organization for individuals involved in managing health information in the province of British Columbia. One of BCIMPS’ key focuses is the education of its members and to that end it hosts regular symposia and other educational events.

Its Annual Spring Education Symposium promises to be an educational, current and thought-provoking event.  Items on this year’s agenda will include: Ministry of Health on “The B.C. EMR Interoperability Strategy”; Vancouver Police Department on “Working Collaboratively to Support Those in Crisis”; PHSA on “Bringing Multiple Stakeholders Together to Create Meaningful Clinical Solutions”; Bordon Ladner Gervais LLP on “Hot Topics in Privacy and Cybersecurity Law”; Prosci Canada on “Strategies for Implementing Healthy Change” and Canada Health Infoway on “Advancing Digital Health in Canada – A Current State”.

This event will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on March 2, 2018.

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HIMSS 2018

The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition is five days of education, innovation and collaboration for and with over 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. In 2018 the conference continues to grow and expand with participants able to take part in over 300 education sessions, meet with over 1,300 vendors, and access hundreds of special programs and networking events. This event always explores the most relevant, current industry topics such as: Connected Health and Telehealth, HIT Infrastructure and Standards, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Venture Investment, Privacy, Security and Cybersecurity, Precision Medicine/Genomics. World-class speakers and educators delve into and develop these and many other topics that are directly related to your business. The industry-leading conference is not only a place for learning and participating in thought leader sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops but also for discovering cutting-edge health IT products and engaging in powerful networking.

This event will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA from March 5 to 9, 2018.

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The Canadian Reception at HIMSS, hosted by ITAC Health (Information Technology Association of Canada) and the HIMSS Ontario Chapter, has become the signature social event for Canadians and their guests that are attending HIMSS. For those companies looking for sponsoring opportunities, the Canadian Reception has proven to be a worthwhile investment.

This event will be held from 1800 to 1930 on March 6 in the Lido Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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*For more information on all Canadian events and companies at HIMSS 2018 please click on the following link: HIMSS18 – Canadian Related Events




The Update on Ontario Digital Health Conference

This annual conference is a forum for Public Sector Leaders to provide a state of the union type address based on a specific theme, with this year’s theme being “Innovation in Procurement”. Ontario is shifting to value-based procurement system, and Public Sector Leaders will present on how new approaches to procurement can enable the spread and scale of digital and other solutions which can improve patient outcomes and reduce cost.

This event will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on March 26, 2018.

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The second Toronto Health Innovation Week will be convening hundreds of investors, start-ups, enterprises and policymakers doing business in the healthcare sector.  The week will be divided into three events, as detailed below.

These events will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 9 to 13, 2018.

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The inaugural event for the week is the Impact Health Summit.  Here, national and international industry leaders and stakeholders will participate in keynotes and panels, roundtables, workshops and the Health Partnering Forum.

This event will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 9, 2018.



This event focuses on the area of investment in the human health and life sciences industries.  It will expose the emerging trends, opportunities and challenges shaping the investment climate which will enable participants to gain insight into the state of financing and the industry developments driving investments.

This event will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 9, 2018.



Participants can take what they learned the previous day at the Healthkick Investor Summit and apply it here when investors and innovators come together to form relationships that will help drive forward new business development in the areas of biotech, medical devices, digital health, and consumer health and wellness.

This event will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 10, 2018.



MIE 2018

MIE2018 is the 29th Medical Informatics Europe conference which will be co-hosted by The Swedish Society for Medical Informatics (SFMI) and EFMI (European Federation for Medical Informatics).  The event will be co-located with VITALIS, the largest eHealth event in Scandinavia which will allow delegates to participate in both MIE 2018 and Vitalis sessions.

This year’s focus is on “Building Continents of Knowledge in Oceans of Data: the Future of Co-Created eHealth”, which encompasses topics such as: digitizing health care, citizens participation, professional challenges meeting health information technology, data science, population health informatics, learning health systems, connected health and changing health systems. These topics are addressed from the perspectives of citizens, patients and their families, health professionals, service providers, standards developers and policy makers alike.

This event will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on April 24 to 26 2018.

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ATA 2018

The American Telemedicine Association celebrates its 25 year anniversary so ATA18, its annual conference and expo will be a celebration combined with the world’s largest telehealth innovation & networking event.

Attendees such as healthcare providers, hospitals, physicians, associations, regulators, fast-growing startups, technology companies and industry thought leaders will have the opportunity to learn, innovate, network, leaving with actionable insights, long-lasting connections, and an enhanced appreciation of how telehealth can transform healthcare delivery.

By offering learning labs, spotlight sessions, and educational courses that deliver impactful takeaways, participants can return to their organisations ready to implement new technologies immediately. Sessions range from remote disaster preparedness and emergency response to courses and panels divulging on the state of the market and payment value.

This event will be held in Chicago, Illinois on April 29 to May 1, 2018.

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Smart Cities Expo World Forum is both a conference and an expo focusing on smart cities and urban planning technologies. Its intention is to foster innovation by promoting business and connecting thousands of attendees from around the globe. The event is a platform where public business managers, directors, urban administrators, and international authorities responsible for developing urban policies can offer their services for the development of smart cities.

The conference combines Keynote Speeches with Interactive Panel Discussions on topics related to Smart City Vertical Applications such as Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Health, Smart Building Management Systems, Enterprise IoT, Fog computing, Big Data Analytics and Smart Governance.

This event will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from May 7 to 8, 2018.

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This year, IoT Events will host its third annual IoT, Big Data Healthcare Summit.  IoT refers to Interconnected devices or what is known as IoT (Internet of Things) and is the fastest growing technology revolution in the world today. North America represents 26% of global IoT economy, which puts the Canadian market at around $17 billion with an expected grow of over $300 Billion in the next 10 years.

IoT, Big Data Healthcare provides a platform to advance the conversation regarding utilization of new tools and technologies such as; IoT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence(AI), Blockchain etc. Healthcare professionals from hospitals, healthcare authorities and, technology companies will gather to understand opportunities and challenges IoT technologies and tools present.

This event will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from May 15 to 16, 2018.

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From the perspective of an EPIC hospital in Ontario

The HIMSS EMRAM maturity model is a globally recognized framework for measuring clinical and operation outcomes associated with organizational transformation in Acute Care.  MacKenzie Health recently embarked on their EMRAM journey to level 6 which included a current state benchmark and a vision to reaching their goals – through the implementation of an integrated EPIC patient record.

During an evening event hosted by the Ontario Chapter of HIMSS, Sharon MacSween – Director, Clinical Informatics at Mackenzie Health will give a presentation on their EMRAM 6 journey with EPIC which will be followed by the opportunity for networking over drinks and appetizers.

Attendees will learn the lessons-to-date and the long-term vision of the implementation as well as the approach used to drive the transformation initiative from both a planning and execution perspective.  Participants will gain valuable insights that can be applied to projects and the opportunity to network and share ideas with peers.

By attending, individuals who are CPHIMS professionals can claim 1 CE credit towards maintaining their CPHIMS certification.

This event will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 24, 2018.

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The vision of the e-Health Conference is to ‘Celebrate, Grow & Inspire Bold Action in Canada’s Digital Health Community’. Now in its 18th year, the conference continues to deliver top-quality learning and networking opportunities for its 1500+ attendees by focusing on imparting quality health information and effective integrated system solutions.  Its networking events afford the opportunity to connect with like minded organizations and individuals, and its sold-out Trade Show provides an excellent opportunity for direct access to members of the health informatics community and the solutions they are developing.

This event will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from May 27 to 30, 2018.

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HIMSS Europe 18 and Health 2.0 is a combined forum where influential hospital CEOs and CIOs, technology providers and industry leaders can bridge the gap between vision and reality. By initiating meaningful business conversations, connecting supply and demand, and creating marketplaces, the conference is able to accelerate investment and bring about large scale implementation.

The conference sessions cover the entire spectrum of the digital health ecosystem with an aim to engage the over 2000 industry delegates, from hospital CEOs to start-ups; from clinicians to nurses. Some of the themes included in this year’s conference are digital transformation, cybersecurity, interoperability and data into knowledge.

This event will be held in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain from May 29 to 30, 2018.

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For French-speaking countries, Paris Healthcare Week is the premier event for technologies, equipment, and solutions in managing healthcare facilities. This event consists of four different expositions.  HopitalExpo: a trade show of expertise for the hospital environment; materials, equipment, technologies, and services. GeronHandicapExpo: a trade show dedicated to advanced age and disability professionals. Health-ITExpo: the leading trade show for healthcare IT. Finally, Le Salon Infirmier: a unique gathering for the entire nursing profession.

This year’s event will also put Architecture in the spotlight by featuring Hospital 21, Art of D.A.T.E and The Architects Village.

Hospital 21 is the International Union of Architects (UIA) “Public Health Group” annual seminar which will bring to Paris several hundred architects from around the world to explore themes such as: The digital hospital, Emerging trends in hospital design, The universally accessible hospital, and Future-proof healthcare facilities and biomedical technologies. It is hoped that the exploration of these themes by participants will create an opportunity to share visions of future hospital designs centered around architectural, technological and human elements.

Art of D.A.T.E consists of 3 Keynotes: 1. The evolution and modernization of French university hospitals, 2. PARIS vs LONDON vs BERLIN and 3. Architecture and innovations. Each Keynote is concerned with answering a question regarding Architecture as it is applied to the design of hospitals with specific functions, within specific cities and with specific technologies.

Finally, for the past 5 years Paris Healthcare Week has welcomed The Architects Village, a major meeting place for hospital architecture stakeholders. The gathering of thirty national and international agencies and offices, is intended to explore the evolution of French and European hospitals and community health services. Over 3 days, conferences, debates and round tables based on themes at the heart of health professionals’ concerns are moderated by specialized professional journalists.

This event will be held in Paris, France from May 29 to 31, 2018.

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The Canadian College of Health Leaders holds as its vision:  ‘Advancing leadership, shaping health systems’ and to this end it hosts the National Health Leadership Conference, the largest national gathering of health system decision-makers in Canada.  Trustees, chief executive officers, directors, managers, department heads and other health leaders representing various sectors and professions in health regions, authorities and alliances, hospitals, long-term care organizations, public health agencies, community care, mental health and social services will gather around this year’s theme of ‘Creating the winning conditions for change’.

The event will provide a forum to enrich health leadership practices and innovations, showcase leading practices and their success, share issues of common interest in the areas of accountability, effectiveness and transparency, address and debate the challenges facing both policy-makers and health leaders who are transforming delivery, discuss types of innovation and new technologies, and identify effective ways to execute and sustain change.

This event will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada from June 4 to 5, 2018.

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The 2nd Annual SCAN Health Global Networking Event 2018: Leveraging Supply Chain Maturity to Achieve Value for Citizens and Clinician Teams is a conference designed to bring experts in supply chain infrastructure, manufacturers, clinicians, citizens, and health system leaders from around the world together to explore how a strategic supply chain infrastructure can support safe care, improve efficiency, manage costs and achieve value for patients, as well as engaging clinicians and empowering patients to support self-management of their own health and wellness – a core theme of this year’s event.

The event hosted by Alberta Health Services (AHS) provides attendees an opportunity to interact with stakeholders from around the globe. Organisers hope that knowledge exchange among partners and participants will engender collaboration in the advance supply chain knowledge across global health systems in order to further quality, safety, and sustainability.

Additionally, SCANH2018 is partnered with Alberta Innovates thus enabling participants to attend the inaugural INVENTURE$ conference, an event that brings venture capitalists, angel investors, start-ups, entrepreneurs, service providers and thought leaders together to discover and share the latest in innovation, research, capital access, deal-making and experiential learning.

This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on June 5, 2018.

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At Achieving Excellence Together, a free conference, Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) will bring together patients, caregivers, providers and key partners to celebrate innovation, integration and excellence in health care delivery across all sectors. Sessions will cover such diverse topics as: Improving Access to Specialty Care for Frail Homebound Older Adults; Blockchain in Healthcare, Community Paramedicine – Existing Emerging Programs; One Person, One Record, One System. The One-HIS Initiative in North East LHIN; Building Capacity for Fidelity Monitoring in Ontario: Are We Ready?; and Using Data to Enhance Care Coordination, among others.

This event will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on June 19 to 20, 2018.

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This event is a forum for various stakeholders to learn, debate and envision how Europe and the world are dealing with current and future digital policy challenges. It is also an opportunity for dialogue on how to reap the benefits for citizens and businesses in a rapidly changing world.

Last year’s event, held in Valletta, Malta included sessions on the key priorities of Data economy, New digital opportunities, Cybersecurity and Internet of Things, and Digital transformation.  Workshops focusing on the clarification of several EU policies such as ePrivacy, Interoperability and standardisation, The European Broadband Fund, and Data economy were also held.

This year’s forum promising to highlight todays’ current areas of concern for stakeholders will be a worthwhile event for all attendees.

This event will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on June 25 to 26, 2018.

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This event hosted by Reboot communications, strives to brings together federal, provincial and regional healthcare officials, senior policy makers, intelligence and technology officials, academics and healthcare professionals to focus on the ways in which government transforms the quality healthcare delivery arena to produce effective and efficient solutions.

Participants share case studies, cutting edge policy, programs, research and technologies all aimed at successful collaboration within shared services and the healthcare industry. As well, companies have the opportunity to showcase their newest products and latest innovations.

This event will be held in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada on June 25 to 26, 2018.

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This event is intended to bring together innovative emerging and established IT, Sustainable Technology, and Life Sciences companies from Atlantic Canada to aid in their further development at whichever stages they might be and in whichever area they need assistance.

To that end, these organisations can count on the event providing them access to Tech Industry Executives, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Corporate Strategics, and Research Partners who can help take their company to the next level.  Whether by finding potential partners or learning about the latest innovation trends, participants are promised a potentially rewarding platform for networking and expanding their industry knowledge.

This event will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada from June 28 to 30, 2018.

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HIC 2018

For the past 25 year’s The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has hosted Australia’s premier digital health, health informatics and e-health conference and expo. This year’s anniversary conference will be a celebration as well as an event focused on connecting the system, being smart with data, and enhancing the practitioner and consumer experience in healthcare interactions. HIC 2018 looks to provide a place for clinicians, researchers, health IT professionals, consumers and industry to come together and share their knowledge in order to drive innovative thinking, enhance services and allow greater consumer involvement.

This event will be held in Sydney, Australia from July 29 to August 1, 2018.

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Last year the 10th Banff Venture Forum hosted in excess of 40 venture capital firms, 50+ presenting companies and 350 delegates all of whom came together for one of Canada’s premier company financing events, designed to showcase the hottest high-tech companies found in Information Technology, Sustainable Technology, and Health Technology from across North America. This year’s event promises to continue the forum’s aim to offer insight into key industry issues, provide a premium networking opportunity and give companies a chance to learn from world-class professionals in the investment community. Those looking for the next lucrative investment or aiming to secure financing should not miss the Banff Venture Forum.

This event will be held in Banff, Alberta, Canada from September 27 to 28, 2018.

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