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

Boston: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual – AAPD

AAPD?  Good guess, people, but no — the initials do not stand for the Ann Arbor Police Department, but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  So we’re talking about kids’ teeth, not law enforcement in Michigan, okay?  Just getting that little misconception cleared up….  This year’s AAPD scientific program delivered cutting-edge topics, including a preconference program titled “2014 Pediatric Medicine Update,” and featuring faculty from Boston’s Children’s Hospital/Harvard University.  New this year was an Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) area, with new dental techniques in… um… “evidence”.  The AAPD also provided a “Meet and Greet Mentor Lounge” for new dentists and residents;  so Mentors and Mentees had an opportunity to discuss things.  Wait… mentees?  What are “mentees”, exactly?  Is that like “manatees”?  And what do manatees’ teeth look like, anyway…?  #aapd2014

Rosemont: Life Services Network Annual Convention & Exposition – LSN

LSNI is now a slightly misleading set of initials for LeadingAge Illinois, formerly known as Life Services Network.  What did NOT change is that this is a statewide association that has represented the leading providers of services for older adults, including nursing care, supportive and assisted living, senior housing, and home and community based services. With a diverse membership numbering over 500 providers, LeadingAge Illinois is the largest eldercare association in Illinois.  The talk was of innovative programs, leadership and expertise on issues related to long-term care and senior housing and services.  Eldercare providers apparently have to keep themselves armed with the latest information related to trends, marketing and sales, technology, product and service costs, and the needs and preferences of both current and future consumers.  A major aim was to help members lower the cost of doing business by taking advantage of cost-saving programs and problem-solving services.  You’re never too old to learn…  #constantcontact

St. Paul: Minnesota Dental Association – MDA Star of the North Meeting

Minnesota Dental Association calls this their “MDA Star of the North Meeting”, and it’s billed as the premier state dental meeting of the Upper Midwest. With over 75 education seminars and an exhibit floor featuring over 250  companies, this expo provides current clinical and practice management information to the dental community.  What community?  Well, dentists (of course), assistants, hygienists, administrators, therapists, lab technicians, suppliers, students…  in all they made up a crowd of over 8,500, in a surprisingly varied mix of professional perspectives.  The whole event was conceived to get dental specialists face-time with clinicians and other experts, and experience hands-on learning.  There were also wise words from 35 nationally recognized speakers, and an array of educational programs presented by top lecturers from across the nation. Delegates found they could catch up with old friends by attending a class reunion, or one of the many social events sponsored by affiliated organizations.  Toothsome!   #MDA

Washington DC: American College of Cardiology – ACC

ACC is the American College of Cardiology, and its long-term purpose is to improve cardiovascular health through education, research, quality care and health policy.  This is about reducing the incidence, severity and complications of cardiovascular disease and promoting prevention, reducing disparities in health care, and improving personal and population-based cardiovascular health. More than 13,000 cardiovascular team members came together to get all of the hot clinical news from ACC.  As a for instance, a large randomized research trial showed that giving methylprednisolone to patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass heightened the risk of myocardial infarction.  Clinical studies looked at Aspirin’s Impact on Major Arterial and Venous Complications Events in Noncardiac Surgery Patients, and at Steroids in Cardiac Surgery, showing how wide the discipline can stretch.  No-one ever said “take two steroids and call me in the morning”…  #ACCFIT

Orlando: National Home Infusion Association – NHIA

NHIA is the National Home Infusion Association, and we heard how it strives to bring top quality educational programming tailored to the needs of industry professionals through regional meetings, audio conference programs, and self-study programs like the Home Infusion Pharmacy Module Program, all of which keep NHIA  on the cutting edge of knowledge in the infusion world. Infusion?  Well, it’s a branch of therapy that depends on the administration of medicines into the bloodstream via a needle or catheter, and it’s a core treatment type for sufferers from cancer and other serious conditions, including some infections.  Administering such treatments at home involves not only delivery of medication, but a whole range of other things that ensure effective treatment: specialized equipment, pharmaceutical compounding and other services.  Such complex areas of medicine mean practitioners have to be “infused” with specialized knowledge….  #compounding

New York City: Interphex & Biotechnica America

INTERPHEX is the shortened monicker of International Pharmaceutical Expo, and it’s positioned as a source for complete biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions “to confidently process all dosage forms for life-enhancing drugs”.  Hmmmmmm….  Anyway, there were 12,000 industry professionals in attendance, and more than 650 vendors showing the latest pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology.  You might be surprised how diverse it can be.  It ranges over Bioprocess Equipment, Systems & Services, Cleanroom Equipment & Supplies, Research, Development, Manufacturing & Packaging, Facility Design, Maintenance, Engineering, Construction & Commissioning, Laboratory & Testing Services, Laboratory Instrumentation, Material Handling, Logistics and Transportation, Processing Equipment, Raw Materials, Ingredients…  Not so different from cooking, then…  #INTERPHEX