List of Clinical Informatics Conferences

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Clinical Informatics Conferences connect a community of administrators, clinicians, scientists, healthcare workers, governmental representatives, and vendors to advance the science of Clinical Informatics. This is a list of the conferences that focus on the dissemination of scientific discovery in this field, with acknowledgment that there are conferences focused on other disciplines which also contribute to the field (such as IEEE) and local meetings of some organizations that are not generally attended by a broader audience.

ACMI Winter Symposium

An annual meeting hosted by AMIA, ACMI (American College of Medical Informatics) Symposium takes place over 4 days and focuses on the work of AMIA Fellows on Biomedical Informatics.[1][2] It was first officially held in 2014 and is typically held in the first quarter of the year, though it began as a series of informal meetings of fellows and their families in 1993.[3] Attendance is restricted to Fellows and their guests.


Annual 3-day fourth quarter meeting directed toward the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. Events are held in North America as well as Europe and Asia. First established in 2014, in 2018 the meeting reported 1,800 attendees, 350 speakers and 1,500 companies. Presentations that year featured both industry and academic presenters, with a preclivity toward the latter. Submissions are typically due about a month prior to the conference. [4]

AMIA Symposium

Held on an annual basis, the AMIA Symposium is the largest conference hosted by the American Medical Informatics Association. According to the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, Patricia Dykes, "The AMIA Annual Symposium brings together informatics professionals from diverse backgrounds committed to transforming health through informatics. It represents the scale of informatics expertise by showcasing basic, applied, and clinical interests."[5] Attendance at the 2017 meeting was about 2,500 individuals[6] with 121 Oral presentations, 21 workshops as well as other activities over a 4.5 day schedule. The meeting has occurred since at least 1997, when it was held in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.[7]

AMIA Clinical Informatics Conference

Formerly known as iHealth, this conference, which is hosted by AMIA, is focused principally on implementation of clinical informatics solutions. As stated on the website: "iHealth ... brings together leaders and peers to discuss how to use health information technology (HIT) to help improve care, enhance your leadership and socio-technical vocabulary, and discuss your experiences with like-minded professionals trying to realize benefits from significant financial investments in EHRs."[8] The meeting in 2019 had over 600 attendees (50% increase from prior year) and 48 individual sessions. The meeting first occurred in 2014 and had an attendance of exactly 200 individuals.[9]

Connected Health Conference

Formerly the mHealth Summit. Held in the fourth quarter of the year, the meeting in 2018 had 3,000 attendees, 300 speakers, and 225 exhibitors over a 3-day conference.[10] Presentations are a mix of academic and industry, with emphasis on the latter.[11]

GNUHealth Con

Held yearly since 2008, this 3-day conference focuses on the impact of open source applications in the clinical informatics space. It features an annual "Health Hack Day" event where programmers work on open source software development. No Microsoft Windows-based devices are allowed at the programming event.[12][13]

Health 2.0

Events held worldwide and several times per year. The 3-day fall meeting in 2018 had an attendance of 2,183 with 125 presentations. The exhibit hall was 35,000 sq. ft.[14][15] The event was advertised as "The mother of all tech showcases."[16]

Health Datapalooza

This is a yearly data focused conference held during the second quarter of the year and is hosted by Academy Health. In 2018, the event was 2 days long and hosted 49 presentations, most of which were moderated panels with experts from industry present.[17][18]

Health IT Summit

Monthly events throughout the year divided by region of the United States. The event held in September 2018 lasted for 2 days, had 28 speakers and featured mostly industry-sponsored presentations.[19][20]

HIMSS Asia Pacific Conference and Exhibition

HIMSS European Conference

This 3-day meeting occurs in the second quarter of the year at a venue in Europe and is hosted by HIMSS. The 2018 event had a 1,300 attendees and was collocated with the European Health 2.0 meeting.[21]

HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition

Advertised as "the leading health information and technology conference,"[22] HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition is hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an international not-for-profit organization. The first conference was held in on April 1, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland[23], with 54 members. The meeting in 2012, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, had 37,032 attendees and 1,123 exhibitors. The meeting in 2019 was anticipated to have more than 45,000 attendees, more than 300 educational sessions, and more than 1,300 vendors present.[24] The meeting typically takes place in the first quarter of the year in the United States and lasts 5 days. This conference does provoke some controversy over perceived excessive vendor influence in the educational sessions. This is in contrast to stated policy that "Presentations must not be designed to promote commercial interests or products."[25]

In 2020, HIMSS was cancelled for the first time in 58 years due to the SARS-COVID-19 outbreak and was converted into a series of virtual presentations. [26]

HIMSS Patient Experience Summit

As its name implies, this 3-day conference focuses on user experience and usually occurs in the second quarter. Not all presentations at this conference are technical, but there is a definite Informatics track where boarded Clinical Informaticists present. In regards to the 2019 conference, HIMSS published this statement:

"In 2018, participants came from 47 states and 35 countries to bring together the leaders, providers, healthcare organizations, patients, payers and industries committed to improving the patient experience through empathy and innovation. In its 10th year, Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS are partnering to enhance the focus on technology and more deeply explore how healthcare is extending empathy into an increasingly digital environment.

The annual summit provides a forum which showcases the exceptional efforts to generate and exchange ideas, strategies and practices to improve and sustain quality patient experience. Through honest commentary on what hasn’t worked, and patient and family reflections on what’s still needed, attendees will hear how organizations around the world will strive to deliver the best clinical, physical and emotional experience to patients and families."



A relatively new conference, first occurring 2018 in Las Vegas, NV, which partners closely with CHIME. It achieved 6,000 attendees in 2019. Per their website: "HLTH (pronounced “health”) is the leading platform bringing together the entire health ecosystem, focused on health innovation and transformation. From unparalleled events with industry-leading speakers to inspirational digital content and mission-driven initiatives, HLTH creates a unique marketplace for the health community leading the dialogue and development of a better health ecosystem." It is a four day event in the fourth quarter of the year. The 2019 meeting took place in Las Vegas, while the 2021 meeting is planned for Boston. This meeting focuses on "curated" networking between venture capitalists, industry, startups and researchers. [28]

Informatics Educators Forum

Previously known as InSpire (2016-2017) or the Academic Forum Annual Conference (2007-2015), and directed specifically toward those that train other clinical informaticists, this conference, hosted by AMIA, "... is an opportunity for educators, informatics professionals, and students to come together to address challenges facing health informatics education in order to improve the educational experience of both students and faculty and to better prepare students for their future professional roles, whether those roles are in academics, clinical practice, government, or industry."[29] This meeting has occurred since at least 2007, typically in the second quarter of the year.

The 2020 meeting was cancelled due to lack of interest, and no plans to revive it have been proposed as of this writing.

Informatics Summit

This meeting, hosted in the first quarter of the year annually by AMIA, focuses on Translational Bioinformatics, Clinical Research Informatics, and Informatics Implementation. In 2018, the meeting consisted in 48 oral presentations and 7 tutorials, and ran for 4 days.[30] It was previously known as the Joint Summits on Translational Science or Summit on Translational Bioinformatics and has been held annually since at least 2008.[31]

Informatics Training Conference

A yearly second quarter conference which showcases the work of graduate and postdoctoral researchers funded by the National Library of Medicine. The 2018 meeting had 101 individual presentations spanning 2 days. There has been no vendor involvement at this conference, which has been held since at least 2007. [32]

International Conference on Medical and Health Informatics

First held in 2017, this annual conference takes place in Asia. There were 27 presentations in 2018 over the course of 2 days in the second quarter of 2018.[33]

NLM Informatics Training Conference

The National Library of Medicine supports research training in biomedical informatics and data science at sixteen educational institutions in the United States. Each year an Informatics Training Conference is convened to bring NLM trainees together to showcase their work, to evaluate the full scope of current work in the field, and to meet their peers. Conference attendees included trainees and faculty from the NLM Biomedical Informatics Research Training Programs, Department of Veterans Affairs informatics trainees, NLM intramural trainees, NIH staff, and guests. [34]


This conference was first held in 1974, and is now held every other year since 2013 and hosted by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) in cooperation with its member societies.[35] In 2017 the 5-day meeting had around 2,500 attendees from 60 countries with over 200 paper presentations along with workshops, tutorials and poster presentations.[36]

Society of Medical Decision Making

This is a 4-day conference typically held in the Fall in North America. In 2018 sessions were generally presented by academics or policy makers, and most often there was only one concurrent section. Abstracts are usually collected in the Spring prior. The society's newsletter described the Fall 2018 conference: "525 attendees attended the four-day event, which included a plethora of workshops, symposia, and presentations on medical decision making, with a theme of Decision Making Across the Lifespan. The meeting was certified as a Patients Included Conference. Patients were involved in the planning of the meeting, served as presenters on symposium panels, and were encouraged to speak from the audience during question and answer sessions."[37] [38] There is also a European meeting from the same society.

Stanford Big Data in Precision Health Conference

Researchers and leaders from academia, hospitals, government and industry gather for two days at Stanford Medicine to spark collaborations, address challenges, and identify actionable steps for using large-scale data analysis and technology to improve human health. [39]


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