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Conferences Present Unique Opportunities to Learn and Engage with Patients

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Barby Ingle

    Healthcare conferences directly impact patientsTraditionally, healthcare conferences are attended by those involved in the field, such as experts, industry specialists, and medical providers. It seemed that the past few years in-person conferences were dying down in attendance, but this year that’s all changing. Attendance and participation is increasing and more conferences are being offered on a variety of healthcare education topics.

    According to Symplur®, there are 69 conferences between May 1 and May 16, 2019 alone. Topics range from cancer events to annual society meetings, professionalism in healthcare, children’s prosthetic-orthotic, clinical trials, networking and social media in healthcare, genes and genomics, epilepsy, infectious disease, improving practice management, sports medicine, surgical complications, and wellness for the future. It seems there is something for every aspect of healthcare coming up this year.

    Many of these conferences present unique opportunities to network and an easy way to disseminate most up-to-date information on that topic to attendees. There are some other (sometimes) hidden opportunities to attending as well. These conferences can spark innovative ideas and collaborations, teach you to do hands-on-procedures with in-lab offered sessions, and bring together the voices of the providers, industry, and patients.

    The importance and benefits of participating in health-related conferences is growing, especially events where patients are included. Interacting and learning from patients at these conferences can help improve a medical practice. Not only are you all learning the latest information in the field, but it’s not uncommon for patients to share with one another which providers are attending the conference. This lets patients know that you care about the latest advances within disease specific communities and often leads new patients to your practice. Many of the conferences are designed to immerse attendees in discussions that pique interest and curiosity in options that can help maximize your practice’s exposure to the latest options. In return, you improve your patients healthcare experiences, are able to provide more options for those thick case file patients, and are “in-the-know” of what is coming down the pipeline. You may not be aware of just how much hope this gives those struggling with diseases.  

    Sharing your opinions and experiences of your day-to-day work at the conferences can also prove beneficial for your practice. Exchanging ideas with your medical peers is a great way to create a network to refer patients to, discuss common patients, and get advice on hard to treat patients.

    Also, attending these conferences can help guide you in the current procedures you do, but with better Attending healthcare conferences provides opportunities for growthaccuracy. It can teach you updated office procedures, information on legal and insurance coverage guidelines. Gaining a better understanding of the entire practice and how each part works can help you as a provider and better the patient experience in your daily work. With all of the current changes in the healthcare insurance system these conferences can give you up-to-date information that you may miss or not have time to update otherwise.

    In addition to performing better healthcare, you can also find resources that can help save your front office staff busywork with things like automated reminders and online scheduling so that you can spend more time with your patients. Having tools and technology that you and your staff understand, like text, email, and phone reminders, can help lower costs by up to 85 percent. The better your office runs, the better patient satisfaction will be, keeping you busy with patients, improving your marketing and treatment tools, and improving your financial fruitfulness for your practice.

    Going into the conferences, it is important to have an open mind. These are a chance to learn the newest information. As conferences are coming up this year (you can find a great list on Symplur) you will be deciding on what conferences are right for you. It takes an investment of time and money to attend the ones that will most help you and get something out of each one. Finding a quality medical event is important and attending regularly is important.

    The positive impact you get in your medical career can be improved for years to come by staying up to date at the many conferences that are taking place. From health IT, electronic medical records, billing and ICD codes, to new treatment options, it is an everchanging environment as a medical provider.

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    Barby Ingle

    Barby Ingle

    Barby Ingle lives with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), migralepsy and endometriosis. Barby is a chronic pain educator, patient advocate, and president of the International Pain Foundation. She is also a motivational speaker and best-selling author on pain topics. More information about Barby can be found at her website - http://barbyingle.com/. You can also connect with her on social media. Twitter: @BarbyIngle Facebook: @BarbyIngleOfficial The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only and represents the author’s opinions alone. It does not inherently express or reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of Solutionreach.

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