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Major healthcare events of 2024

Aditi Verma
• December 5, 2023

(12 min read)

Healthcare workforce shortages have reached crisis proportions in recent years and are anticipated to remain beyond 2024, compelling healthcare organizations to do more with less as their financial condition has deteriorated.

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Meanwhile, healthcare professionals realize the importance of addressing rising health inequities as well as environmental problems in order to make health systems viable and accessible to everyone. These ten healthcare technology trends demonstrate how advances in AI, virtual care, and other areas may benefit healthcare workers, patients, and society as a whole.

1. Workflow automation and optimization enabled by AI

Healthcare companies are adapting their workforce strategies to attract and retain talent, offering greater flexibility to healthcare professionals who want a better work-life balance while battling recurring staff shortages. They are also increasingly relying on automation and artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up routine procedures and measurements, reducing the pressure on healthcare professionals.

Integrating artificial intelligence into CT scanners, for example, can automate some of radiologists’ most time-consuming tasks, allowing them to spend more time focusing on the patient. Artificial intelligence-based reconstruction produces the high image quality that radiologists need for a precise diagnosis. With comprehensive 3D quantification, cardiac modeling, and other automated metrics, AI can also reduce the complexity of cardiac ultrasound. This helps sonographers take and analyze images correctly, allowing doctors to provide better and more efficient heart care. The emergence of generative artificial intelligence in healthcare will give a boost to automation in the coming years.

In the coming years, automation will get a further boost from the rise of generative artificial intelligence in healthcare. A recent study by Bain and Company found that healthcare leaders see the greatest near-term opportunities for generative artificial intelligence to reduce the administrative burden on staff and improve operational efficiency. Some of the most promising applications include automated documentation and  patient visit summaries, freeing up clinicians’ time to focus on more valuable tasks.

2. Virtual collaboration to address workforce and skills

A health technology trend that goes hand-in-hand with automation is the use of virtual collaboration to mitigate the effects of staffing and skills. The expected growth in this field has the additional advantage of improving access to care in peripheral and rural areas where specialists are typically lacking.

A good example is the ongoing deployment of radiology operations control centers. This cloud-based hub-and-spoke model enables virtual shoulder support from experienced imaging technologists to their less experienced or specialized colleagues in remote locations while the patient is on the scanner table. Similarly, real-time virtual collaboration with ultrasound can expand the scope of specialty care by allowing doctors to  communicate with their team and patients remotely, whether they are in a hospital, clinic, or remote satellite office. In both cases, virtual collaboration can help make knowledge more widely available to achieve equity across the healthcare system.

Tele-intensive care (or tele-ICU) programs  also continue to be popular as healthcare providers increasingly look to seamlessly integrate virtual care to improve bedside care. Remote intensivists and nurses can use AI-based monitoring technology to reduce the burden on on-site staff, complementing rather than replacing them.   

As the healthcare workforce ages, such virtual collaboration models create new career opportunities for older and more experienced healthcare professionals. They can guide and mentor their younger fellow students at a distance and retain valuable knowledge and experience that might otherwise be lost as more doctors decide to retire early and more nurses  plan to leave health care.

3. Using technology to address health disparities

Billions of people around the world still lack access to the health services they need, and even in countries with well-funded health systems, health disparities are widening. The need for more equitable and sustainable health care has never been more urgent.   

The pressure to address health disparities has led leaders to increasingly look to health technology to help fill many of health care’s most pressing gaps while  reducing the industry’s environmental impact. Partnerships to advance health equity are key to leveraging technological innovation in ways that fulfill the promise of digital transformation to improve care, especially  in marginalized and underserved communities.

Philips’ recent collaboration with Emory University is one example of how technology can be used to address health disparities. With the help of the Philips Lumify portable ultrasound and the Philips HeartStart AED, the Farm Worker Family Health program is helping to expand access to health care for Georgia’s vital and vulnerable farm workers. In another partnership with Heart  Australia, the mobile hospital on wheels solution will bring diagnostic imaging services such as X-ray and CT scan services to hard-to-reach  areas. In partnership with New York’s Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, a similar mobile solution provides life-saving cancer screening to those who would otherwise not  have access.    Going forward, health technology companies will need to innovate in ways that deliver more equitable and sustainable health care—not just for some, but for all. And achieving this goal requires a new kind of collaboration between different sectors.

Healthcare Events Of 2024

2024 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

Location: Orlando, FL

Date: February 11–14, 2024

Website:- 2024 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

The 2024 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference brings together more than 1,000 dedicated rural health leaders to improve rural health care and patient well-being. Expect insights from leading rural professionals on strategies to improve access to care, unique advocacy solutions, digital adoption, and prioritizing health equity.  Who should participate? Rural hospital and health system managers, nursing and physician managers, and health care recruitment managers

2024 Health Leadership Conference

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Date: February 21–23, 2024

Website:- 2024 Health Leadership Conference

The 2024 Health Leadership Conference is hosted by the National Health Council (NHC), an organization whose mission is to “bring diverse organizations together to build consensus and advance patient-centered health policy.”  In 2023,  NHC brought together more than 130 of its members, board leaders, and dedicated staff to join forces with the leaders of the nation’s leading health organizations. All had a common goal: to immerse themselves in the best practices of health organizations and to immerse themselves in the latest issues in health policy. 

ViVE 2024

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Date: February 25–28, 2024

Website:-ViVE 2024

ViVE 2024 is an opportunity to meet other digital health professionals. The conference begins on Sunday, February 25, with partner sessions and an overview, followed by a CHIME welcome reception and other interesting events.  Stay tuned for their provisional agenda to be released in December. In the meantime, you can check out ViVE 2023 and get a taste of what’s on the horizon.

Advancing Connections 2024 AAPPR

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Date: 

  • Pre-Conference Workshops: March 24–25, 2024 
  • Full Conference: March 25–27, 2024

Website:- Advancing Connections 2024 AAPPR

Progressing Associations 2024 AAPPR presents prominent figures in the field of physician and provider recruiting. The conference provides possibilities for professional growth (AAPPR recognizes SHRM as offering PDCs to SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP), networking, knowledge of current industry trends, inspiration, and enjoyment.

Becker’s 14th Annual Meeting

Location: Chicago, IL

Date: April 8–11, 2024

Website:- Becker’s 14th Annual Meeting

Four days of programs, more than 450 presenters, and more than 2,500 executive-level participants mark Becker’s 14th Annual Meeting.

Engage with hundreds of leading hospital and health system leaders across the four days of intensive workshops. They will explore important subjects including executive leadership, value-based care, workforce development, financial strategies, talent acquisition and recruiting tactics, managing burnout, advancing health equity, and cost optimization.

This year’s speakers include Greg Till, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Providence; Brian Gragnolati, President and Chief Executive Officer at Atlantic Health System; and Erica DeBoer, Chief Nursing Officer at Sanford Health.

ASHHRA24

Date: April 14-16, 2024

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Website:- ASHHRA24

A conference for healthcare HR professionals, ASHHRA24 attracts participants from all around the country. Anticipate thought-provoking keynote addresses, innovative breakout sessions, lively networking opportunities, and lots of opportunities to create enduring relationships that will last a lifetime.

Along with learning about recruiting solutions and advancing your HR and recruitment skills, you’ll also have the chance to earn continuing education credits that may be applied toward a CHHR, SHRM, HRCI, or ACHE certification. One of the top conferences for healthcare recruiting in 2024 is something you don’t want to miss.

SHRM Talent Conference & Expo 2024

Location: Las Vegas & Virtual

Date: April 14-17, 2024

Website:- SHRM Talent Conference & Expo 2024

The SHRM recruitment conference and Expo 2024 provide a chance to delve into the most recent recruitment tactics and stay ahead of the ever-changing recruiting field. Participate in discussions with industry professionals and thought leaders as they offer creative approaches for improving your talent acquisition game. Meet top talent at this healthcare professionals and leaders conference. Updating your best practices, discovering new techniques to identify unknown talent, and mastering the art of retaining your high-performing physicians are all things to consider. Additionally, become acquainted with a variety of solutions, ranging from realistic recruitment approaches to seamless onboarding and engagement strategies that cover the whole employee’s lifetime.  However, this is not limited to learning; it also applies to networking. Create long-lasting professional ties with your coworkers.

LEAP HR Healthcare Conference 2024

Location: TBD

Date: May 2024

Website:- LEAP HR Healthcare Conference 2024

LEAP HR Healthcare Conference 2024 aims to foster community among forward-thinking healthcare HR and recruiting executives. The conference brings the community together for three days of unprecedented, future-focused, strategic debate.

The conference will highlight case studies from major hospitals and healthcare systems, allowing HR and TA healthcare delegates to network and meet with healthcare CHROs and VPs from throughout the country.

Attendees will be able to learn how their colleagues are using cutting-edge TA and HR practices to save time and money. Participants will walk away from the conference with the contacts, motivation, and toolbox they need to make a difference in their healthcare organizations.

NAHCR’s Annual Conference 2024

Location: Norfolk, VA

Date: July 16-19, 2024

Website:- NAHCR’s Annual Conference 2024

The 2024 NAHCR Annual Conference is a dynamic learning environment for medical recruiters at all phases of their careers. Whether you’re a novice recruiter, a seasoned talent acquisition expert, or a vice president in charge of nursing and clinical professional recruiting, this event has you covered. The curriculum was designed by actual healthcare recruiters to reduce barriers to hiring and set your company up for success.  You may study recruitment methods from industry professionals, listen to and engage in debates about the industry’s future, and explore bespoke solutions for particular recruiting difficulties at the conference.

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