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Urgent Care Convention & Expo in Las Vegas to Highlight Key Industry Trends


LAS VEGAS – The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) and College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM) will bring the on-demand healthcare industry together for Evolution 2.0, the 2018 Urgent Care Convention & Expo.


At Evolution 2.0, top urgent care and healthcare thought leaders will engage with participants about key trends, including increased emergency and disaster preparedness, and accelerated innovation, at a time when urgent care and on-demand healthcare continue to diversify and improve access to care. Participants will obtain strategic approaches to meet the changing demands of discerning patients, which is vital as urgent care centers handle more than 89.2 million patient visits per year,[i] and the $18 billion industry is expected to grow 5.8 percent in 2018.[ii]


Our Evolution 2.0 Convention will provide a robust suite of educational resources, networking opportunities and knowledge directly from the experts, especially regarding the trends of preparedness and innovation,” said Pam Sullivan, MD, MBA, FACP, PT, president of UCAOA. “Participants will learn how their organizations can meet consumer demand for new technologies and solutions, and fulfill a crucial role in their communities during times of crisis and year-round.”


Evolution 2.0 will feature keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (Ret.), known as the “Category 5 General” for his leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans.


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

From mass casualty scenarios to natural disasters, urgent care centers are a critical resource in community emergency medical response. An ASPR TRACIE survey shows that urgent care centers are both willing and able to help alleviate emergency department patient backup by treating non-life or limb-threatening injuries. In addition, a recent UCAOA collaboration with the Emergency Department Practice Management Association (EDPMA) reaffirmed that it’s essential for urgent care centers and emergency departments to coordinate efforts.


Urgent care centers are a key part of an emergency response team, with the ability to treat broken bones, lacerations, concussions and mild burns, allowing emergency departments to focus on those with more serious injuries,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Extended hours, accessible locations and efficient communication with emergency departments also make urgent care a community asset in dire situations.”


Evolution 2.0 will include sessions on topics such as mass shootings and mass casualty situations, disaster triage, extreme weather, FBI and CDC epidemiological investigations, and evolving FEMA response and preparedness.


Innovative Ideas

There are significant factors stimulating urgent care growth, including more on-demand options, cost-effective delivery models, expansion into specialty services and a focus on high-value. Continued education and fresh ideas are key for the industry to push the envelope to meet consumer needs.


Evolution 2.0 participants will gain a variety of advanced strategic approaches for evolving their practices. Artificial intelligence, mobile and digital strategies, patient insights, location selection and workplace culture and productivity are just some of the sessions available.


In addition, to invigorate and support innovation throughout this healthcare space, Evolution 2.0 resources and continuing education sessions are applicable and available to advanced practitioners in urgent care as well as all on-demand providers in occupational medicine, telemedicine, retail clinics and more.


A special announcement is planned for Monday, May 7, during the Member Meeting at the Convention. At this meeting, UCAOA will detail plans to expand its offerings to further engage with and serve as a champion for all professionals and organizations within the on-demand, consumer-driven healthcare industry.


Benefits of Attendance

Attendees at Evolution 2.0 will receive more benefits than ever, as UCAOA and vendors will provide up to $5 million in products and services free to attendees as part of the VIP (Value in Participation™) Program. Each attendee can take advantage of a minimum of $5,000 in free products or services from more than 20 VIP Program vendors. The program is designed to help urgent care practices optimize and grow their business.


[i] UCAOA 2015 Benchmarking Survey Report 

[ii] HarrisWilliams&Co, Urgent Care Industry Overview, Sept 2013  

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