The IHA = Providing Opportunities for Learning and Leadership To Transform Healthcare

Partnering for Virtual Event Success


The Intelligent Health Association (IHA) is a global, technology based and technology focused organization comprised of many new technology communities and societies all operating under one organizational structure with a common goal: to help drive the “Evolution to the Digital Health Revolution™ ” through the adoption and implementation of new technologies in the health Eco-system.

The IHA will accomplish this goal through the delivery of vendor neutral, technology agnostic educational programs in a partnership with the other health related organizations, academic institutions, government, technology community, and standards bodies. The Intelligent Health Association (IHA) is a “By Invitation Only”, organization, whose primary members are comprised of health related technology firms and other health organizations who have met IHA’s high standards for membership. IHA members have one goal in mind and that is to improve patient care and patient safety, while at the same time helping to reduce the cost of healthcare through the use of technologies. IHA invites representatives from the entire health eco-system to join our “Evolution to the Digital Health Revolution™”.

We are excited to be exploring new opportunities to continue to bring you excellence in healthcare! Please stay tuned as we refresh the website and provide updates on projects and collaborations to keep healthcare moving forward!

The IHA is proud to be supporting the VRTL HLTH!

HLTH has gone digital

While we may not be able to meet in person this fall, you can still expect an exceptional experience you’ve come to expect from HLTH. We’re excited for the potential that a virtual experience has to bring us all together in totally new ways. 

Our history

IHA traces its roots to September 13, 2008, when the industry group “RFID in Healthcare Consortium” was founded by Harry P. Pappas and Emily Sopensky.  The association’s mission aimed at helping educate the global healthcare community, including assisted living and nursing home industries, on adoption and implementation of RFID and RTLS technologies to improve patient care and patient safety, and to reduce hospital operating expenses.

At that time the group’s scope was isolated to RFID and RTLS technology and its role in improving healthcare.  Since that time the association has grown and evolved to include numerous complementary technologies for a more holistic approach to educating the healthcare community on the use of technology to cultivate health and well being.

The group’s Intelligent HospitalTM Pavilion, first opened in 2010 at HIMSS, has presented RFID and (since 2011) a wide variety of technologies, from a multitude of vendors, in a simulated healthcare setting to enable testing and demonstration of a specific product’s interoperability and its effectiveness in improving healthcare quality and patient outcomes.

This year the IHA introduces the Intelligent Medical HomeTM at HIMSS 2014 to showcase and enable testing of technology in the simulated home environment.  The IHA continues its dedication to the continuum of healthcare through technology.

Members of the IHA are comprised of the following groups: 

  • Corporate technology members including technology vendors, telecommunication firms and software vendors
  • Associate members consisting of health organizations to include:
    • Hospitals
    • Military facilities
    • Clinics
    • Health related labs
    • Health Insurance firms
    • Physical Therapy Centers
    • Outpatient Centers
    • Cancer Treatment Centers
  • Government organizations
  • Professional health organizations and health related trade associations
    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Physical Fitness Outlets
    • Weight Loss Centers
  • Academic health related institutions:
    • Medical Schools
    • Schools of Nursing
    • Schools of Pharmacy
    • Other related groups engaged in health