Healthcare professionals are a busy bunch, but that should not stop you from investing in yourself. Attending conferences is a great way to keep you updated with the industry and network with fellow professionals. To save you the hassle of searching, here are the 6 top picks that are worth your time and money.

1. Singapore Molecular Diagnostics Symposium

Happening: 27 - 28 April 2017 @ NUS University Hall, Singapore
Fees: SGD160 - SGD193

This symposium includes a series of keynote speeches, seminars, and mini exhibits on the healthcare-relevant genomic activities that are taking place in Singapore, with an emphasis on Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) - the technology driving the implementation of genomic medicine. Invited speakers hail from National University of Singapore, National University Hospital, and other industry leading organisations.

Topics include the implementation of genomics in the molecular diagnostics laboratory, genomics in reproductive medicine, prenatal diagnostics, inherited disorders, infectious diseases and oncology, rare disorders, and microbiota.

2. Annual Asia Healthcare Summit

Happening: 23 - 26 May 2017 @ Hilton Singapore
Fees: SGD2,195 - SGD3,395 for a two day conference package (group discounts available)

Branded as the leading gathering for senior decision makers in Government, public, and private healthcare, the 3rd Asia Healthcare Summit focuses on three distinct sectors of the healthcare industry: healthcare technology, healthcare facilities, and health insurance.

Delegates can expect to attend a series of conferences and plenary sessions with subjects ranging from how technology can improve operational efficiency, to avant garde facility design concepts. On top of which, there is a dedicated networking mixer for attendees to meet fellow professionals and government officials.

3. International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare

Happening: 24 - 26 August 2017 @ Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia
Fees: USD895 - USD1,580 for a 2 or 3 day forum package (group discounts available)

International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare differentiates itself from other such forums by incorporating full day excursions into its programme. In these excursions, delegates are invited to some of the leading public and private hospitals in Klang Valley for more intimate interactions with the resident healthcare professionals. Delegates will also be able to see firsthand how these hospitals implement quality standards and safety operating procedures in their respective organisations.

Side by side with the excursions, this forum will be hosting a multitude of talks and panel discussions by over 40 leading healthcare experts from around the world. Delegates will also be able to easily pick out forums of interest by following some of their customised program streams such as: Population and Public Health, Building Capability and Leadership, Safety, Person and Family Centred Care, and Quality, Cost, Value.

4. HIMSS AsiaPac17

Happening: 11 - 14 September 2017 @ Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Fees: details to be released

HIMSS AsiaPac consists of various talks, workshops, and exhibitions in the areas of data and technology innovation, collaborative care, and value-based care. For this year’s conference, it has also included an exclusive conference track for nursing professionals - meant to coalesce technology and frontline healthcare fundamentals to improve effectiveness in the industry.

As part of the main conference programme, delegates can also attend the HIMSS AsiaPac Awards Dinner, which honours excellent organisations and startups that have proven innovations that advances healthcare.

5. SingHealth Duke-NUS Education Conference

Happening: 29 - 30 September 2017 @ Academia, Singapore General Hospital
Fees: details to be released

Targeted at educators in the healthcare industry and organised by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre, the 3rd SingHealth Duke-NUS Education Conference is a landmark event in healthcare education that aims to bring together thought leaders, inter-professional educators, aspiring professionals and trainees from SingHealth, Duke-NUS as well as external healthcare and academic institutions to learn and exchange best practices in teaching.

The program lineup promises distinguished overseas and local speakers, as well as trainees to share their teaching and learning perspectives. On top of which, interested participants are also invited to contribute and help shape the conference program based on the theme "Best Practices in Health Professions Education – Challenges and Opportunities". Interested HCPs can do so by proposing topics to present at the Conference, submitting abstracts of education research or sharing stories on teaching and learning. In sharing, the conference aims to encourage stimulating discussions and the cross-pollination of ideas.

6. S3 Conference 2017

Happening: 31 October - 3 November 2017 @ Academia, Singapore General Hospital
Fees: SGD300 - SGD700

The S3 Conference, jointly organised by SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS), Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) and The Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS), brings together some of the top experts from Europe, America and Singapore to share best practices and exchange pointers on the latest state-of-the-art simulation capabilities of the healthcare industry. The collaborative nature of this event is meant to be a catalyst for further developments in simulation technology.

Attendees can expect to meet industry partners at the forefront of simulation-related technology, as well as keynote speeches and panel discussions on aligning topics. In between, S3 Conference has also provided a platform for deeper networking and partnerships, new technology experiences, and research collaborations with global industry insiders and institutions. MIMS

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