We’re delighted to announce HealthBeat, a new conference that showcases how technology is transforming health care.
HealthBeat takes place on May 20-21 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown San Francisco.
This is the first event to have a singular focus on how information technology (IT) is driving out inefficiencies in health care.
The event will cover the most interesting and disruptive IT themes in health care: how nurses and physicians are using iPads to do things like call up a patient’s health record and manage care; how hospitals, other providers, and insurers are using the cloud to collaborate with patients and each other; and how “big data” is helping the entire ecosystem identify ways to provide better care.
HealthBeat’s tagline is “Smart Hospitals. Smart Patients.”
Hospitals generate $1 billion in waste annually, according to some estimates. However, hospitals make up only a small percentage of the number of providers. So we’re including Smart Practices in our focus, too.
The event is true to the heritage of VentureBeat. We pride ourselves on covering “the first mile,” or the the incredibly innovative companies that are just emerging and are the most disruptive. Some more mature technology players, too, including Microsoft and Qualcomm, also are having significant impact, so we’ll hear from some of their most interesting health care customers too. This event thus also helps business leaders assess the multibillion dollar market opportunities in this sector. Venture capital investment in health care continues to soar, at 43 percent year over year.
The drivers of change are significant. All players in the U.S. healthcare ecosystem are facing massive pressure as health reform rolls out: The mandate to move to digital records (barely half of all hospitals have completed this), along with things like Meaningful Use, alternative delivery strategies, and Shared Risk are motivating providers to adopt a host of new technologies, from wirelessly equipped labs to cloud-connected devices.
Hear from experts in the field as they share their insights, analyze trends, highlight solutions and showcase breakthrough products. We’ll be announcing our first speakers over the coming days.
Our call for speakers opens today. We’re looking for thought-leaders, and customer case studies that illustrate where the health care industry is going.
We are looking forward to seeing you there.