HLTH 2022 was one of the largest in person events since the pandemic shut them down. Over the four days the event convened the entire healthcare ecosystem, connecting and developing relationships. So what did attendees think of the event? We asked them and here is what they had to say.
HLTH did not disappoint this year as it brought together almost every startup, VC, and big brand healthcare company focused on the future of health technology. On stage, panelists espoused optimism about the future of digital health; while in smaller private conversations, companies were much more likely to talk about layoffs, missing targets, and uncertain markets. Overall, there was a sense that the digital health companies that will survive will be the ones proving clinical outcomes and financial returns with their partners.
HLTH was an invigorating event with great conversations and demonstrations of innovative digital health solutions. Virtual care and artificial intelligence were hot topics, especially for helping to improve access, equity, and quality of care. My team had some excellent discussions with investors and business partners who recognize that health systems are looking for opportunities to augment their virtual care workforce in order to improve care delivery and widen their digital front door.
Compared to the annual HIMSS conference, HLTH was much more of an investor and B2B event, with fewer opportunities to meet with representatives from healthcare organizations. Overall it was very well-organized with lots of thoughtful extra touches and provided an excellent forum to meet with several potential business partners.
This year, the presenters, sessions, and vendors at HLTH really got to the “heart” of the matter: democratizing and applying data to inform patient-specific care delivery. I was energized to hear the community embrace the role of healthcare technology in improving patient experience, quality of care, clinician experience, and efficiency.
HLTH is now the leader, if not the only Healthcare forum, that brings payers and provider organizations together in one place in an effort to bring more alignment in managing cost and quality in care settings. AI and ML are the new buzz words, more distinction, definition and evidence in the use of these technologies will need to be a part of future meetings.