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Las Vegas: International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering – ISPE

ISPE is the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.  The pharmaceutical landscape is constantly evolving, we heard.  Cost pressures, tighter schedules, the need for manufacturing flexibility and shifting regulatory expectations are constant challenges affecting how this industry conducts its business. Now more than ever, we were told, pharmaceutical disciplines are being asked to do more with less, anticipate tomorrow’s challenges today and solve issues that have not yet arisen.  Things that have already arisen provided  topics for keynoters, topics like Securing the Supply Chain — Combating the evolving risks in pharmaceutical sourcing and manufacturing;  and A Shot in the Arm — Coping with Change Fatigue in Pharma. Fatigue?  You’re feeling a strange kind of lassitude? Finding it difficult to get going in the morning?  Take two of these after meals….

Chicago: American Society for Healthcare Engineering – ASHE

ASHE is the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association. More than 11,000 members count ASHE as a key source of professional development and industry information.  Indeed, more than 3,000 professionals gather on-site to get the vital dope on health care compliance, codes and standards updates, emerging trends, and best practices for efficiency, sustainability, emergency preparedness, and other pressing topics in the field.  There was official recognition for outstanding members for their dedication to improving the health care physical environment.  The Crystal Eagle award, ASHE’s “lifetime achievement” award, was presented to George Mills, director of the Department of Engineering at the Joint Commission. ASHE also recognized members who attained senior (SASHE) and fellow (FASHE) status.   Kind of a FASHEon show….  Next on the catwalk is…

Kansas City: Family Medicine Residents & Students National Conf.

There they all were, fresh-faced, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and toting their totes, for the Family Medicine Residents & Students National Conference.  Have you noticed how over time the medics seem to get younger and younger?  Each year a portion of this conference’s program is dedicated to a special theme. In 2014, attention focused on health care transformation plus associated topics and issues as they relate to family medicine and the role family physicians have in shaping change.  Enthusiastic young delegates could enhance their clinical skills such as monitoring heart sounds, learning procedures in family medicine, and how to manage chronic pain, in addition to a wide range of additional workshop topics.  They were all there to “capture a vision of Family Medicine”.  Think Little House On The Prairie with stethoscopes….  #AAFP

Miami Beach: FIME Show – Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers

FIME stands for Federation of International Medical Equipment Suppliers, and the Show has been going for 24 years.  The FIME trade fair and congress is billed as the largest international event of its kind held in the USA annually.  Over 10,000 healthcare industry professionals came to see the latest in medical equipment, med-tech, services, products and supplies.  Education-wise, there were seven tracks to follow, diverse avenues representing comprehensive learning opportunities for the medical professional:  The Smart Hospital, IntermedCon, BiomedCon, MedisalesCon, CliniCon, MedTekCon and Private PracticeCon. Hmmm… Wait.  That sounds like an awful lot of “Cons”.  Where were the “Pros”…?  Oh, okay, they were the ones waiting in line to get in…  #fime2014

Chicago: Clinical Lab Expo – AACC – American Association for Clinical Chemistry

Basically, clinical chemistry is medical testing that uses chemical processes, with those results applied to evaluating patient health.  Clinical chemistry is what goes on when you have your blood tests done at the doctor’s office, and it also involves medical testing performed on other human fluids.  AACC represents not only the medical professionals who perform these analyses, but also the innovators who design, manufacture, and sell the devices utilized in clinical laboratory science.  AACC is the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and this was their Clinical Lab Expo.  The Association is an international scientific and medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and others involved with the clinical chemistry and related disciplines.  One of AACC’s strategic initiatives is to develop programs that support the global laboratory community.  Now, which of your human fluids are we going to be working on today…?

Orlando: Florida Health Care Association Annual Convention – FHCA

FHCA is the Florida Health Care Association Annual Convention.  Established in 1954, the association has been celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014. This is a federation representing over 1,000 members and over 500 facilities which provide skilled nursing, post-acute and sub-acute care, short-term rehab, assisted living and other services to the frail elderly and individuals with disabilities in Florida. FHCA membership also includes more than 400 associate members or companies that provide valuable products and services to long term care providers.  This turned out to be an excellent place for long term care professionals to connect with peers in the profession. The events, networking opportunities and seminars all helped to re-energize commitment to quality care among hard-pressed professionals, and to learn about the latest trends in the profession.  Okay, put your fingers to your temples.  Feeling re-energized yet…?  #fhca2014

Philadelphia: Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation – AAMI

AAMI is the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and these folks are all about “advancing safety in medical technology”.  We’re talking a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission:  supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective medical technology.  Members share a diverse range of disciplines, from clinical and biomedical engineers and technicians, physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators to educators and researchers, manufacturers, distributors, government representatives and other healthcare professionals with an interest in medical devices.  Educational sessions focused on the key issues that healthcare technology management professionals are dealing with today, from wireless networks to CE-IT interoperability to Joint Commission compliance.  Everyone expressed a “healthy” interest in staying safe…  #AAMI2014