HTM World Converges at MD Expo in New England
MD Expo just keeps getting better. For more than 15 years, MD Expo has severed as a must-attend event for health care technology technicians.
The biannual conference has expanded and continues to offer new experiences each year. In 2016, the spring conference in Dallas was one of the biggest ever for parent company MD Publishing. The fall conference, recently held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, was MD Expo’s first venture to New England.
“The New England MD Expo provided an opportunity to meet many new attendees who were attending MD Expo for the first time mainly because it was local and their facility didn’t have to pay travel expenses,” MD Publishing Vice President Kristin Leavoy said. “We pride ourselves in providing a quality product at an affordable price – it’s free for health care professionals to attend! This is our way of supporting the HTM community with each and every event we host.”
MD Expo New England was a hot ticket as HTM professionals packed the hotel just as the leaves were starting to change colors in the Connecticut countryside. More than 600 people attended to take advantage of more than 30 hours of accredited CE education and a world-class exhibit hall featuring the latest technology, products and services.
MD Expo, with the support of the New England Society of Clinical Engineers (NESCE), also provided its signature brand of networking events throughout the conference. Networking events included a golf tournament, the networking happy hour, keynote address, door prize extravaganza, and the wrap-up party at Margaritaville. The Leadership Summit was another popular event at MD Expo New England.
The 2016 TechNation and Medical Dealer award winners were introduced via short videos immediately following the keynote address by The Joint Commission and included TechNation Professional of the Year – Jennifer DeFrancesco, TechNation Department of the Year – New York Presbyterian Hospital Biomedical Engineering Department, 2016 Medical Dealer Humanitarian – Greg Goll, and the Medical Dealer Lifetime Achievement was awarded posthumously to– Myron Hartman.
Attendees and exhibitors appreciated the quality of the conference and its more intimate setting compared to other large conferences.
HTM professionals praised the MD Expo in an online survey.
“This was my first MD Expo and I think overall it was very well done. Everything was easy to find. The staff was great,” biomed specialist Vasilios F. said.
“I look at it as an educational opportunity to see what changes are taking place so that I can better position not only myself but also my organization to better meet the future,” Healthcare Technology Systems Manager Joseph F. said.
“For my first MD Expo you did great, now you have to beat it,” Senior Biomed Wallace E. said.
Company representatives manning booths in the exhibit hall also gave MD Expo an A+.
“Well organized, and it was fun,” Owen Liu from Datrend Systems Inc. commented in his survey.
“It is a great show to meet with potential customers,” John Vandersteen from Technical Prospects added.
“Our customers enjoy MD Expo and the experience they have. It is nice to visit with them outside of the hospital. They are much less tense and stressed. You provide great opportunities for us to meet and network with our customers,” Paul Wessler from Pronk Technologies said.
Sponsors played a role in the success of MD Expo New England and included Sodexo, DirectMed, PartsSource, USOC Bio-Medical Services, AIV, Elite Biomedical Solutions, Northeast Electronics Inc., MedWrench, Varian Medical Systems, RPI, TriMedx, MW Imaging, Mobile Medical Repair, Philips, Select Biomedical, Connectiv, Technical Prospects and GE Healthcare.