What conferences should Patient Leaders have on their radar this year?

With a new year ahead of us, we have the chance to start filling up our schedules with great healthcare-related conferences!

We asked our Patient Leader Connection Facebook Group* what were the must-attend conferences for 2018. We were delighted to see interest in various conferences across all condition areas and topics. We’ve listed a few below, but if none of these resonate with you, check out this fantastic list of healthcare conferences from Symplur.

With so many healthcare conferences out there, we know this is a short list! Do you know of a conference you’d like to add? Please comment on our post below with the link so others can look into attending.



What conferences should every Patient Leader have on their radar this year?




National Health Policy Conference

Washington, DC | February 5 – 6, 2018

At the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference (NHPC), leading healthcare decision makers and policy experts use the latest evidence to inform the most critical issues and immediate policy priorities in United States health care. This two-day event is the only conference of its kind, putting policy insights and perspectives from diverse sectors of health and health care decision-making into context with the latest evidence and examples from science and practice.

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Agents of Change Summit

San Deigo, CA | February 12 – 13, 2018

#AOCS18 will equip professionals with evidence-based strategies proven to cause change and the technological tools to effectively drive health behaviors. Every attendee will participate in an environment of innovation intended to bring change agents together to learn and collaborate towards more effective behavior change practices.

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Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit

Washington, DC | February 21, 2018

West Health is convening an innovation summit in the nation’s capital focused on solving America’s healthcare cost crisis. The Summit features leaders from many sectors of healthcare including policymakers, healthcare providers, health systems, researchers, economists, insurers, government, industry and advocacy groups and patients. The goal is to fuel the best ideas, innovations and practical policy solutions to change the trajectory of the cost of healthcare in America.

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Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC | February 25 – March 1, 2018

Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill brings rare disease community members from across the country together to be educated on federal legislative issues, meet other advocates, and share their unique stories with legislators.

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Las Vegas, NV  |  March 5 – 9, 2018

The 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, March 5–9, 2018 in Las Vegas, brings together 45,000+ professionals from around the world for five days of education, innovation and collaboration to help uncover the promise of health information and technology. No other conference brings you the world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, and unique networking opportunities you need to solve your biggest health information and technology challenges – all at one time, all in one place. Choose from 300+ education sessions, 1,300+ vendors, hundreds of special programs, and endless networking events.

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eyeforpharma  Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain | March 13 – 15, 2018

eyeforpharma Barcelona is an annual pilgrimage for pharma’s executives who want to map their future commercial success. Now it has become the place to map a different journey, that of our customers and patients. Gain their trust and serve as their guiding light towards better outcomes for all.

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Annual Patient Advocacy Summit

Philadelphia, PA | March 19 – 21, 2018

In its 6th year, World Congress’ Patient Advocacy Summit is the platform for pharmaceutical manufacturers to join together with patient groups, patient leaders, and policymakers in order to tackle the complexities of patient advocacy and the healthcare market. As the Advocacy function continues to evolve, so must our Summit, and 2018 is no exception. Join The World Congress 6th Annual Patient Advocacy Summit, part of the 2018 Patient Congress in order to connect with the leading minds in Advocacy and patient centricity.

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New York, NY  |  March 21 – 23, 2018

There are a ton of digital marketing conferences and events. But only ONE focused on the nuances and opportunities unique to the digital pharma arena. And, who best to get your learning on with than peers who have been there and done that? Your peers from big and mid-size pharma and leading digital agencies as well as patient advocates—all a part of ePharma 2018.

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Health Datapalooza 2018

Washington, DC | April 26-27, 2018

Health Datapalooza sits at the nexus of ideas, evidence, and execution. Where Federal policymakers and regulatory leads take their seats beside Silicon Valley startups and the health system’s chief information officers. More than a meeting, Health Datapalooza is a diverse community of big thinkers and roll-up-our-sleeves-and-get-it-done problem solvers who share a mission to liberate and use data to improve health and healthcare.

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Chicago, IL | April 27 – 28, 2018

Social media shapes the way people and caregivers make decisions about their healthcare, and online health advocates are at the forefront of this movement. In an effort to connect, support and further empower the online health advocate community, Janssen created HealtheVoices™ – a groundbreaking leadership conference created exclusively for those using social platforms to advocate for themselves and their communities. Interested in attending?

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What’s the Fix?

Austin, TX | May 17th, 2018

What’s the Fix? (#WTFix) is a movement and an event that started in 2017 to help the industry learn from people. Most health care conferences focus on industry insiders talking to each other. What’s the Fix? highlights real people with real stories of overcoming health care challenges and driving change to the system as a result. The conference is about being human, being empathetic, and using storytelling as a way to drive change in an industry that really needs help.

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American College of Radiology

Washington, DC | May 19-23, 2018
The ACR Annual Meeting in May will feature the activities of the ACR Council along with programming designed to support the needs of Council members, Chapter leaders, the RFS and YPS. All ACR members and guests are welcome to attend. 
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The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting

Nashville, TN | May 30- June 2, 2018

The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) is a member-driven North American organization dedicated to improving and advancing the standards of care for those living with multiple sclerosis through educational programs, pilot research projects, and mentoring. The program of the Annual Meeting of the CMSC is the ultimate educational conference for all healthcare practitioners and researchers engaged in the field of multiple sclerosis.

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American Society of Clinical Oncology 2018 Meeting

Chicago, IL | June 1 – 5, 2018

The Annual Meeting brings together more than 32,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field.

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American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting

Chicago, IL | October 19 – 24, 2018

The American College of Rheumatology’s Annual Meeting is the world’s premier rheumatology meeting. With over 450 educational sessions, the meeting provides boundless opportunities for professional development, networking, and first-hand access to the latest rheumatology research and clinical applications.

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Standford Medicine X

Standford University Campus | September 14 -16, 2018

At Medicine X 2018 we will meet the innovators who are disrupting health care throughout the globe. We will see the emerging technologies of today and learn how they will impact the healthcare we deliver and receive tomorrow.

We will explore the drivers of change through organizational leadership and creative collaboration outside of health care’s traditional silos.

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Health 2.0

Santa Clara, CA | September 16 – 19, 2018

This September 2,000 of the best and brightest will gather to discuss, witness, and share the leading cutting-edge innovations transforming today’s global healthcare system. Health 2.0’s flagship event connects thought leaders, providers, innovators, investors, and start-ups for four days packed full of curated discussions, demos, exhibits and networking.

In 2018 we’ll continue our tradition showcasing 100+ speakers, 150+ LIVE tech demos, 10 brand new company launches, 3 top CEO interviews, and 4 amazing keynotes. Whether you’re looking to spark business partnerships, create investment opportunities, or see the latest product innovations, you can’t miss it!

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Looking to connect and learn from other Patients Leaders like the ones above? We’d love you to join our Patient Leader Network. By creating a WEGO Health Account you’ll have access to opportunities to work with healthcare and collaborate to make change. 

*If you’re already a WEGO Health Account holder, be sure to take advantage of our closed Facebook group. This wonderful community is a great way to make connections across condition areas and to learn from other Patient Leaders.

3 thoughts on “What conferences should Patient Leaders have on their radar this year?

  1. Cathy Chester says:

    Thanks for a great list, WEGO!

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