12 top healthcare conferences you’ll want to attend in 2020

Stephanie Shufelt, MBA

Founder of HealthcareTransformers.com

12 top healthcare conferences you’ll want to attend in 2020

27 December 2019 | 8 min

Dear readers, with coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the world, we wanted to take the opportunity to update you on the conferences below. Take a look at the current status of the upcoming events below (updates as of April 30, 2020).

To stay ahead of the digital health revolution, industry leaders have an incredible number of options when it comes to conferences and events to attend that focus on healthcare management, technology, and transformation.

These events bring together the best and brightest in the industry to build connections, learn about new topics, and examine new opportunities. However, there are so many to choose from that it can be difficult to pick the ones that fit your specific purposes.

To make it easier for you, we’ve selected 12 top choices for 2020, listed in sequential order.

1. 45th edition of Arab Health Congress

January 27-30, 2020 | Dubai World Trade Centre and the Conrad Dubai Hotel | Dubai, UAE

The Arab Health Congress brings together influencers from all major medical disciplines to facilitate the continuous advancement of healthcare in the region. 

There are 14 conferences that are part of this year’s edition – Total Radiology, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Midwifery, Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Diabetes, Primary Care, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Patient Experience, Quality Management, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia and Pain Management, and Healthcare Investment Forum.

Of these, the newest and most relevant to the C-Suite and Department Heads is the Patient Experience Conference created to provide the necessary conversations in applying sustainable change in organizations that speak to patient experience, increased engagement through technology, assessment of how to transform healthcare delivery to enhance the patient journey and understand how to establish and nurture patient advocacy groups. 

For more information and registration details, click HERE.

2. HIMSS 2020 Global Health Conference & Exhibition

March 9-13, 2020 |Orange County Convention Center | Orlando, FL, USA

This conference was held digitally.

HIMSS is a mission-driven, non-profit global advisor and thought leader, which puts this conference at the top of our list.

HIMSS not only supports the transformation of the health ecosystem through information and technology, but also offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, as well as research and analytics.

Be the change is the central theme of this conference with over 300 highly-vetted sessions from industry leaders, renowned keynote addresses and speciality, niche programs to meet distinct needs.

Attendees can expect a world-class educational program spanning across 17 topic categories, including but certainly not limited to artificial intelligence (AI), consumerization and patient experience, cybersecurity, data & analytics & leadership, governance, and strategy.

Optional preconference events, specialty education, investment and entrepreneur activities and continuing education (CE) credits are also available as part of the HIMSS20 educational program. 

For more information and to register, click HERE.

3. Innovation Summit

April 21-23, 2020 | The Shelbourne Hotel | Dublin, Ireland

Event rescheduled to September 7-9, 2020. For more information please visit www.medtechstrategist.com/dublin-2020.

This will be the 7th Innovation Summit, located in the heart of this technology sector and recognized as the leading medical technology investment forum in Europe. 

There will be 500 leading experts, innovators, and key decision makers to discuss the critical challenges facing the ever-evolving global medical device community. 

Attendees can expect to network with over 4,000 medtech executives from around the globe over the span of 3 full days of panel discussions and keynote presentations all geared toward exploring the needs, opportunities and challenges facing the global medtech industry.

Attendees can also expect interactive spotlight sessions providing candid insight on topics affecting medtech 

For more information and to register, click HERE.

4. Future of Health Summit 2020

April 27-29, 2020 | Bratislava, Slovakia  & Vienna, Austria

Event rescheduled to October 19-20, 2020. For more information please visit www.whysummits.com.

The Future of Health Summit is, “where great minds meet today to improve the health of the society tomorrow” and has made this list because of its uniqueness. You will find all players of the healthcare ecosystem serving as a platform for premium business connections, cutting-edge innovation, and critical thinking discussions.

Attendees can expect to learn from the very best across 120 conference sessions, using interactive panel discussions, round table meetings, keynote speeches, start-up and tech presentations, and more. 

Thought-provoking content will be presented throughout all the Summit streams, including Academia Supporting Healthcare, Prevention before Care, Clinical Trials Digital Toolbox, Personalized Medicine & Genome Research, Digital Health in Health & Pharma, and Pharmacovigilance.

For more information and to register, click HERE. Special note: Start-ups under 5 years may qualify for special rates and opportunities.

5. Healthcare Leaders Forum

May 5-6 | International Convention Center (ICC) | Sydney, Australia

Event rescheduled to October 21-22, 2020. For more information please visit www.healthcareleaders.com.au/.

The Healthcare Leaders Forum Asia-Pacific is returning in 2020 with a refreshed format to guide you through the year ahead with over 170 of your industry peers and an unrivalled selection of C-Suite speakers.

The goal is to unite and examine the entire continuum of care and consider how we are engaging patients in their healthcare journey.

Attendees can expect high calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. Every session is independently moderated to facilitate insightful discussion and debate to heighten your experience. Network in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.

The themes of this Forum are highlighted below:
  • 2020 Vision: Alignment and Advocacy in Healthcare
  • Patients and Professionals: Shared Decision-Making Across the Continuity of Care
  • People at the Core: Driving Decisions with Dialogue
  • Systematic Transformation: Pathing the Road to Interoperability
  • Courageous Leadership: A Rallying Cry for Healthcare Transformation
  • Allied for Advantage: Aligning Patient Outcomes with Business Imperatives
  • Breaking the Cycle: Prioritizing Sustainable Development

For more information and to register, click HERE.

6. Future Health Summit

May 20-21 | RDS | Dublin, Ireland

Event rescheduled to September 23-24, 2020. For more information please visit www.futurehealthsummit.com/.

The Future Health Summit is the global gathering for healthcare in Ireland with 500+ delegates, 50+ Exhibitors and 80% senior level audience. 

Attendees can expect to hear the latest thinking on healthcare market conditions, determine what’s next for healthcare in Ireland, and gain exposure to new strategic concepts, companies and thought leaders from across the healthcare industry. 

Attendees can also expect to acquire actionable insights for healthcare organizations in a changing and consumer-led world, engage with powerful ideas, people and perspectives in one place at one time, discuss forward-thinking trends, case studies and healthcare imperatives, and network in the ideal executive environment where CEOs talk to CEOs.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

7. 24th International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) WorldLab

May 24-28, 2020 | Coex | Seoul, Korea

Event rescheduled to January 6-10, 2021. For more information please visit www.seoul2020.org/2020/home.

With the main goal to achieve globalization of medical knowledge related to clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine through a well-structured system of continuing education, the IFCC congress invites you to this exciting and informative symposium. 

Under the theme of, “Value-based Laboratory Medicine” the IFCC brings together a wide range of international guest experts and speakers. The highly dynamic program includes plenary lectures, educational workshops, satellite meetings and poster sessions covering the scientific and technological aspects of laboratory medicine. 

Come join thousands of participants from all over the world and be part of the discussion.

For more information and to register, click HERE

8. Healthcare & Technologies Healthcare Summit 2020

June 16-20, 2020 | Barcelona, Spain

Event rescheduled to June 15, 2020 and will be held digitally. For more information please visit www.europe.healthconferences.org/webinar.

The theme for this conference is promoting human health by the method of healthcare and its aspects. 

Attendees can expect keynote and speaker sessions on the latest leading research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in healthcare. 

There are 22 session tracks, so you can pick the one that’s right for you. Healthcare topics include women’s health, statistics and research, global economics, digital health, informatics and many others.  

For more information and to register, click HERE.

9. American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit

July 19-21 | Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego | San Diego, CA

At this time, there are no updates or changes to report for this event.

This Leadership Summit makes the list because it focuses on transformational strategies and approaches for achieving financial sustainability while delivering greater value through operational excellence, creative partnerships, and redefined delivery models. 

The Summit will explore approaches for leaders to create a culture of innovation to drive delivery system change, consumerism and digital health, advancing clinical care, strategies for achieving affordability and value, opportunities for redefining the health of communities, and governance excellence.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

10. 2020 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo

July 26-30, 2020 | McCormick Place Convention Center| Chicago, USA

Event rescheduled to December 13-17, 2020. For more information please visit www.meeting.aacc.org/

Each year the AACC hosts this annual meeting in a new city that provides an exciting backdrop for the premier meeting in the field of laboratory medicine – this year in Chicago.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with global leaders, learn about cutting-edge technology, and hear vital research while learning about important changes in the field. 

There are nearly 300 educational opportunities in the form of lectures, plenary sessions, scientific sessions, and roundtable discussions.  This gives you the ability to design an educational experience that meets your need to stay ahead of advancements and challenges in the field.

For more information and to register, click HERE.

11. 2020 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress

August 29-September 2, 2020 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

At this time, there are no updates or changes to report for this event.

On a mission to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease, the ESC Congress 2020 is about the cutting edge of cardiology.  Choose from a range of educational formats such as late-breaking science sessions, case-based sessions, guidelines presentations, and two rapidly growing favourites: “How Should I Treat”, and the “Focus with the Experts” Sessions.

The ESC Congress brings together more than 33,000 dedicated colleagues to share, challenge and learn from one another. Attendees will learn about the latest technology to clinical cardiology including:

  • Use of advanced therapies such as stem cell therapy and gene therapy to move toward personalized medicine
  • Big data, artificial intelligence and wearable technology to reshape the delivery of medical care
  • Robotics to introduce remote care and remote interventional cardiology to patients worldwide

For more information and to register, click HERE.

12. Healthcare CEO Summit

October 21, 2020 | Cleveland, OH, USA

At this time, there are no updates or changes to report for this event.

This Summit is exclusive to healthcare leaders with a focus on US healthcare reform. Leaders from across every healthcare sector are brought together here to discuss key challenges brought on by the radical revolution already underway in healthcare.   

An ever-more connected healthcare ecosystem coupled to changes to complex regulation, the debate over affordability, and aging demographics in the US have created an incredible opportunity along with dramatic change and challenges. 

In attending this Healthcare CEO Summit, you can expect an in-depth, interactive and insightful experience custom built for busy, high-level corporate leaders tackling these unique challenges. 

While registration is not yet open, you can find more information HERE. A bonus Medical Innovation Summit is available on Tuesday, October 22. 

New year. Fresh opportunities.

In such a dynamic and ever-changing industry like healthcare, it is these conferences that bring together the leaders of today that will pave the path for tomorrow.

With so much innovation and digital disruption, it is vital to connect with not just leaders but innovators, medical researchers, policy experts, technology professionals, and others who provide support to help us take care of patients across the globe.

Take some time to review the conferences above and register to those that will allow you to network and stay up to date with the latest trends, challenges and opportunities that face healthcare today.

Stephanie Shufelt, MBA is one of the editors and founders of HealthcareTransformers.com. She is dedicated to delivering high quality content on the topic of the future of healthcare to our readers.