July 28-31, 2013. AHRMM is the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management, and the objectives of the show were to Anticipate, Connect and Lead, we were told. The AHRMM wing of the American Hospital Association is the premier organization for healthcare supply chain professionals, and it aims to strengthen the nation’s healthcare supply chain by providing leadership, education, networking, and industry-specific resources, all geared to advancing the field and enhancing the professional development of its individual members. Key topics discussed included Healthcare Supply Chain Data Standards, Disaster Preparedness, and Pandemic Flu Resources. If that sounded too heavy, delegates could lighten up their AHRMM13 experience on the Torrey Pines Golf Course, a place to network with colleagues and fellow attendees as well as practicing their putting. Wait. Is golf equipment covered by Obamacare….?
July 30 – August 1, 2013. AACC stands for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the show was billed as their Pathfinder event, aimed at “Improving healthcare through laboratory medicine”. The Clinical Lab Expo included more than 650 organizations occupying well over two thousand booths, showcasing more products in every clinical lab discipline than at any other show, we heard. On hand were global leaders in clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, mass spectrometry, translational medicine, lab management, and other areas of breaking science in laboratory medicine. Delegates could bone up on vital research, and learn about important changes in the laboratory medicine field, taking their pick from more than 200 educational opportunities in Lectures, Plenary Sessions, Symposia, Short Courses and Roundtable Sessions. So… let’s pop down to the lab… and see what’s on the slab….
July 21-24, 2013. ASHE stands for the American Society of Hematology Expo. ASH is the world’s largest professional society concerned with the causes and treatments of blood disorders. Their mission is to further the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, and the immunologic, hemostatic and vascular systems, by promoting research, clinical care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. Since that its first meeting in 1958, ASH has played an active and important role in the development of hematology as a discipline. For more than five decades, the society has sponsored its annual meeting, the premier annual education and scientific event in the field of hematology, and has published Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, which is the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field. Hey, focusing this much on blood takes guts…
July 10-12, 2013. The NACCHO acronym denotes National Association of County and City Health Officials. The theme was “Public Health by the Numbers. Our Story. Our Time. Our Future.” Local health departments face a rapidly changing landscape. They encounter pressure from limited resources and must increasingly focus on new and traditional roles, government accountability, and effectiveness models. NACCHO delegates could explore the current and future status of public health, and interact with the professionals who work every day to promote health and safety. Seminars offered opportunities to learn about research breakthroughs, new technologies, and innovative solutions and products. The public health finance balance sheet— came under scrutiny, as a way of understanding the numbers that inform strategies. All in all, NACCHO was definitely ‘healthier’ than… well… eating nachos, for instance.
May 18-23, 2013. The Annual Convention & Industrial Exhibition was the combination of two meetings: the Spring National Academy of Infusion Therapy, and the official Annual Meeting of INS. INS, you say? No, in this case not the Immigration and Naturalization Service, but the Infusion Nurses Society. This is the largest convention in the United States each year for the infusion specialty, and between 1,000 and 1,200 infusion nurses from 30 countries headed to Charlotte for six days of powerful education sessions, including three days of exhibits with industry leaders, plus poster and oral abstract presentations showcasing the latest infusion research. Education-wise, the INS Annual Convention & Industrial Exhibition consisted of presentations that addressed the nine core areas of infusion therapy: Antineoplastic/Biologic Therapy, Fluid & Electrolyte Balance, Infection Prevention, Parenteral Nutrition, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Quality Improvement, Technology & Clinical Applications, and Transfusion Therapy. Delegates were “infused” with enthusiasm….
April 23-25, 2013. INTERPHEX pitches itself as America’s leading annual pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show. Key pharma decision-makers find the products, services and information they need to ensure quality and maximize efficiency and flexibility, the better to solve manufacturing and supply chain problems. INTERPHEX, we heard, is where “intelligence and passion intersect with the full spectrum of industry products and services to create new insights and innovation”. This is supposed to be the place in the industry to showcase products and solutions to an audience from big and small pharma, biologics, service providers, and generics — which, we were told, have open projects worth over $11 billion dollars. The biggest attendee group was general management, closely followed by production and manufacturing, marketing and sales, and business development. Clearly they came looking for “healthy” growth patterns…
April 11-13, 2013. ACP is for American College of Physicians, and their show is all about Excellence in Medical Education. ACP’s goal is to provide clinicians with recommendations based on the best available evidence; to inform clinicians of when there is no evidence; and to help clinicians deliver the best health care possible. ACP develops three different types of clinical recommendations: Clinical Practice Guidelines, Clinical Guidance Statements, and Best Practice Advice. The guidelines and guidance statements are based on a systematic review of current discipline-specific literature, while best practice advice is developed through a review of available evidence and guidelines, evaluating the value of diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions. A specialist section provides physicians with team-based practices for screening, diagnosis, and management of depression in primary care settings. So cheer up…