Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions Kicks Off In Boston To Showcase How Technology Is Shaping The Future Of Cardiac Arrhythmia Care

Renowned meeting brings together experts from more than 75 countries for new and expanded opportunities to share and explore the latest in science and education

May 13, 2015

Media Contact

Ken Demith
Heart Rhythm Society

BOSTON – Today, Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society’s (HRS) 36th Annual Scientific Sessions and this year’s leading conference on cardiac arrhythmias commences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. This year’s meeting will focus on the power of interactivity – how networks, both technological and personal, are connecting to propel the science, discovery, and innovation of the electrophysiology (EP) field.

Heart Rhythm 2015 continues to attract the world’s most renowned experts and includes more than 8,500 attendees, 250 educational sessions and 130 exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services. The meeting focuses on the latest in science, education and technology and features new, interactive learning formats and opportunities for networking.

“Through more than three days of collaboration, physicians, allied healthcare professionals, and scientists from around the globe come together to attend scientific sessions and learn about the latest in arrhythmia care, including a variety of topics from start-up company product innovations to ground breaking scientific presentations,” said Richard I. Fogel, MD, FHRS, CCDS, president of the Heart Rhythm Society. “Each session and event is designed to provide practical information and best practices that can immediately and positively impact patient care.” 

Internationally recognized speakers will present on a wide variety of topics that reinforce the importance of global access to emergent information. Sessions will cover multiple aspects of clinical practice and issues including pacing, defibrillation, clinical arrhythmia management, ablation, pharmacology, genetics, basic science and health policy.

HRS highlights the following special events and sessions during Heart Rhythm 2015:

  • Opening Plenary Session:On Wednesday, May 13 at 4:15 p.m., Steven Johnson, a leading authority on today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative, open-minded approach to innovation, will present the keynote address titled “How We Got To Now – An Optimistic Vision of Progress and Innovation.”
    • Communities of Practice:For the first time, HRS launches three pilot Communities of Practice, which involves members coming together to engage, network, and share knowledge and best practices with colleagues in similar areas of practice or common professional interest through a variety of platforms. John Day, MD, FHRS, president-elect of HRS along with other Society leaders, will be participating in three pilots:
  • 3D Body Computing:Throughout the week at Booth #535, attendees have the opportunity to learn how digital health is impacting medicine with the convergence of sophisticated diagnostic sensors, innovative mobile applications, and a powerful technology infrastructure.

1) Early Career Professionals, 2) Allied Health Professionals, and 3) Women in EP.

  • Celebration Place – Celebrate Our Legacy, Help Shape Our Future: Co-Chairs of the HRS 35th Anniversary Campaign David Barber, MD, FHRS and Michael Barber, MD, PhD, FHRS, invite all attendees to visit booth #619 to view the comprehensive timeline that chronicles the story of both Society milestones and key events that advanced the treatment of heart rhythm disorders. 
  • 30 Year Anniversary of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) in Clinical Practice: On Thursday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m., a session will take place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FDA approval of the ICD for treatment and prevention of sudden death. This session will focus on the early clinical experience and research that led to the broad adoption of the revolutionary therapy.

HRS will provide registrants with an opportunity to gain exclusive access to Heart Rhythm on Demand, which includes full-motion video of slides and audio from more than 400 hours of presentations. With this feature, participants can also access over 50 hours of CME/CE credits online. For more information, visit: www.HRSonline.org/HROD15 .   

In addition, a Heart Rhythm 2015 Mobile App is available and makes navigating the meeting easy and accessible. Attendees can browse or search sessions by category, speaker, key word, nearby sessions, time block, or program highlights. To download the app, visit: http://ativ.me/649 .

Scientists, clinicians and HRS leadership will be available to discuss specific sessions and heart rhythm innovations further. Visit the Press Room (Room 151 A) at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or contact Kennesha Baldwin (202) 590-6757. Qualified media are invited to attend and can visit http://www.hrsonline.org/Education-Meetings/Scientific-Sessions for more information.

About the Heart Rhythm Society

The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders. Its mission is to improve the care of patients by promoting research, education and optimal health care policies and standards. Incorporated in 1979 and based in Washington, DC, it has a membership of more than 5,900 heart rhythm professionals in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.HRSonline.org .