Think Baltimore is all blue crabs and Orioles baseball? This month the city gets to play host to the 2002 HealthTech Conference and Exposition. Don’t miss the myriad of opportunities this eighth annual HealthTech offers all in one place — from keynote speakers to daily seminars to exhibitors from throughout the industry. Take a look at our preview to find out what’s on tap, in and out of the conference hall.

 The eighth annual HealthTech Conference and Exposition rolls into Baltimore once again, continuing the tradition of offering in-depth and thought-provoking sessions combined with new product announcements and a thriving exhibit hall assembled at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Paying attention to the present and the future are equally important in this industry, and the topics speakers plan to address at this year’s conference from April 21 through 23 are certainly in line with that concept. From ongoing issues to those likely to rear their heads soon, from both the perspective of front-line BMETs to top-level clinical engineers and technology managers, there’s plenty of opportunities to gain knowledge and boost confidence so you can take your career to the next level and be prepared for the challenges tomorrow surely will bring.

To make the best use of attendees’ time, the conference has been streamlined: The exhibit hall will be open two full days. Sunday afternoon, the first day of the three-day conference, will be filled with interactive workshops. Keynote speakers kick off the day on Monday and Tuesday mornings at 9. Special events include the grand opening of the exhibit hall on Monday at noon, a welcoming reception Monday at 5 p.m., and the popular 24×7 Readers’ Choice Awards presentation, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

These changes allow for plenty of time to access the exhibit hall and check out new products and services offered by more than 45 exhibitors. Many of these companies plan on rolling out new products and services this spring, some of them using HealthTech as their opening showcase. We’ve included a sampling of what to expect.

And the exhibitors include …
New devices, gadgets and software are among the most exciting things about an exposition, and this year there’ll be plenty to swoon over. Among them is the INCU incubator analyzer by Bio-Tek Instruments Inc. (Winooski,Vt.). This portable device is designed to verify the proper operation and environment of infant incubators, measuring parameters important to infant care including airflow, sound level, temperature and relative humidity. The analyzer comes with a heavy-duty rechargeable battery allowing it to be placed within the incubator chamber for up to 35 hours. The data obtained can then be viewed on its display or downloaded to a PC.

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