Sector Report: Medical Shows

Editor’s note: This week, Expo begins a new weekly feature that will provide a rundown on some of the latest happenings in certain sectors. This week, we cover the health care sector.

Med Show Certification Classes at AIBTM

Conference planners and show organizers who want to get a special accreditation to organize health care events will be able to do so at the Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM) in Orlando June 9.

The program is part of a new partnership between the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA) and the incentive travel meeting produced by Reed Travel Exhibitions.

AIBTM will be held June 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Program will take place the day before, June 9, and IMMPA will host an additional education session on the certification program during AIBTM’s Education Day June 10.

Big Year for Med Shows in San Diego

San Diego expects a major boost from the health care sector this year. Anticipating more than 111 events at the San Diego Convention Center and $1.4 billion in overall economic activity, nearly a third of that activity is expected to come by way of health care-related events.

According to officials at the San Diego Convention Center, 15 health care meetings planned this year should draw more than 120,000 attendees to the city and result in $187 million in direct attendee spending and $425 million in economic impact.

What’s more, three of the five largest events to be held at the convention center will be health care-related. San Diego Comic-Con remains overwhelmingly the largest event to be held in the city on an annual basis (with projected attendance of 130,000), but it will be followed by the American Association for Cancer Research (17,000), the American Thoracic Society International Conference (16,000) and Experimental Biology 2014 (15,000).

MD&M West Keynoters Announced

MD&M West 2014, the largest medical design and manufacturing event in the United States each year, has announced its lineup of keynote speakers for the event scheduled Feb. 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

• On Feb. 10, opening day of the conference and tradeshow, Dr. Peter Tippett, the chief medical officer and vice president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ Innovation Incubator will talk about the impact of consumer electronics in the medical device market.

• Feb. 11, Rudy Mazzochi, CEO of Elenza, will deliver a keynote entitled “The Entrepreneurial Journey.” • Feb. 12, Yan Chow, director of innovation and advanced technology at Kaiser Permanente, will talk about trends in mobile monitoring in health care.

• Finally, on Feb. 13, Shahid Shah, former chief technical officer of CareFusion, will talk about the impact of big data on the heath care sector.

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Posted by Michael Hart

Michael Hart is the executive editor of Expo. Reach him at View all articles by Michael Hart →