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Boston: Specialty Libraries #SLA2015

SLA stands for the Special Libraries Association. You didn’t have to be wearing heavy horn-rimmed half-moon spectacles to get in, but it certainly helped — the bifocals would have enabled studious delegates to stay focused on what the show had to offer. So what kinds of people would you have been rubbing shoulders with at SLA? Oh, you know the type: Information Professionals, Collections Managers, Research/Intelligence Professionals, Information Center Managers, Knowledge Managers, Web Developers, Information Analysts, Consultants, Content Managers, Educators, Content Rights Managers, Library/Information School Students… all those serious folks who care about “Connecting People and Information”, like it said on the banner over the registration desk. They’re trained in information research, knowledge management, data analysis and presentation, and they know your organization, your market, and your mission. Okay, we’re declaring amnesty on overdue library books all this week… #SLAIETLIP

Chicago: LMT Lab Day Chicago

LMT Lab Day Chicago bills itself as the largest dental laboratory community gathering in America.  There were over 3,200 laboratory owners, managers and technicians attendees,  comparison shopping with over 230 exhibitors, two full days of education featuring more than 300 clinics, and access to the industry’s top 150 educators in the dental field.  It was the biggest Lab Day yet. Just over 3,500 attendees came to the industry’s busiest, most exciting event of the year, to learn at 367 educational courses, shop an energy-packed exhibit hall with 241 companies, and network and catch up with their peers.  There was more room for education and a spacious new exhibit hall that featured wider walking aisles, an attendee café and a green park-like area that featured benches where attendees could meet and recharge.  Something for everyone to “sink their teeth” into….

Baltimore: EMS Today Conference & Expo

The 2015 EMS Today (for Emergency Medical Services) Conference and Exposition hosted almost 4,500 attendees over the four days of the event held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Now in its 34th year, the show is a leader in providing quality education for emergency medical services (EMS) worldwide.  This year’s Conference and Exposition featured 150 sessions and workshops, 167 speakers and 234 exhibitors for EMS professionals over the course of the event.  The opening ceremonies featuring a performance by the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums along with the Baltimore City Fire Department honor guard presenting the colors.  The EMS industry has changed dramatically over the years, we heard, a necessary transformation to provide the best care to the most people.  Delegates shared information on patient assessment and treatment, industry trends and relevant commentary. The EMS 10 program was there to honor a group of innovators who continue to push the field forward.  Hey, this is an emergency…  #EMS

San Jose: BIOMED Device San Jose – MDM

MDM is the BIOMED Device show in San Jose, home also to the annual Wireless Medical Devices Conference, plus medtech seminars on a variety of topics.  Delegates could boost their knowledge and understanding of the latest medtech industry innovations and emerging technologies, including 3D Printing, Cleanroom & Sterilization, Contract Manufacturing, Design Services, Electronic Components, Manufacturing Equipment, Medical Grade Materials,  Packaging & Labeling, Testing and QA/QC (that’s quality assurance and quality control).  There was a comprehensive 2-day conference on wireless medical devices, including their design, regulation and interoperability. This, we heard, is the only conference in North America providing thought leadership on both FDA-regulated clinical products, and mHealth consumer products.  BIOMEDevice San Jose provided a wealth of educational opportunities, plus a wide variety of seminars on assorted topics.  Okay, sing along with the Eagles: “We are all just prisoners here, of our own Device…”  #BIOMEDevice

Las Vegas: National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conf. & Expo

NWCD hosts the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo. National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference (NWCDC) has long provided the best workers’ comp and disability management training available, we heard.  NWCDC is home to the industry’s largest expo in the nation and features more than 260 vendors, allowing visitors to find, compare and contrast all the products, tools and services to help with your toughest workers’ comp and disability management challenges.  It’s surprising how many disciplines and areas of expertise are covered at this show.  They include Case Management, Claims Investigation, Disability Management, Ergonomic Solutions, Healthcare Management, Injury Prevention, Managed Care, Medical and Pharmaceutical Processing Solutions, Rehabilitation, Risk Management, Safety, Screening, Surveillance, Transportation and Vocational Rehabilitation.  Not everyone goes along though; they wanted her to go to rehab, she said No, No, No….  #NWCDConf #workerscomp

Philadelphia: American Association of Blood Banks – AABB Annual Meeting

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) is an international organization with members in 80 countries.  AABB has recently taken on a broader scope to include all of transfusion medicine as well as cellular therapies, specifically those based on hematopoietic stem cells.  The AABB works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and provides technical input into the development of blood regulations for the USA, and virtually all major blood banks in the United States are accredited.  Speakers at the session described the recommendations of the AABB-CAP interorganizational work group on RHD genotyping, as well as the financial implications of expanding this genotyping. This time around AABB also added a hot topic session on Ebola and transfusion medicine to the Annual Meeting educational program.  The current Ebola outbreak is a major health concern, but other emerging infectious diseases like dengue required close monitoring as well, we heard.  Kind of a transfusion against confusion…  #aabb14

Atlanta: Medtrade Connect

Medtrade Connect is the largest Home Medical Equipment Expo and Conference in the US. Connecting the HME industry for 35 years, Medtrade featured an expo floor filled with the leading home medical equipment manufacturers and their DME products. Thousands of durable medical equipment companies come to Medtrade to find everything from the basics to the latest innovations in mobility, respiratory, sleep, rehab, and aids to daily living.  Medtrade provided attendees and exhibitors with opportunities to build business relationships, with hundreds of HME manufacturers and thousands of HME providers homing in on Atlanta for the largest annual sourcing opportunity in durable medical equipment.
HME industry leaders presented the latest updates and provided educational offerings to help providers find and leverage new opportunities. The Medtrade conference program was loaded with insights into the changing legislative and regulatory environment.  Only connect, as they say….  #MedtradeMonday