Sunday, January 3, 2010

eHealth Inititative Conference Coming

Join the eHealth Initiative on January 25-26, 2010 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. to discuss and debate the rapidly changing world of health information technology. This unique conference will draw on the wisdom of some of the country’s top health and information technology experts to discuss policy and what is practical and possible.

The conference will highlight specific examples of how eHealth is being implemented across the country, as well as raise challenging questions of how to move the country towards the universal meaningful use of HIT by 2014. Policymakers, industry leaders, clinicians and patients will participate in discussion and debates revolving around eHealth issues.

This conference will be the first in 2010 to put meaningful use and other policy panaceas under a critical microscope and help attendees to understand how real-world examples of health information and health IT can be used to improve quality, safety, and efficiency.

Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the U.S., Associate Director of the White House Office and Science and Technology Policy will be the keynote speaker at the January 25th Welcoming Reception and awards Ceremony.

Confirmed speakers include:

• Deb Bass, Interim Executive Director, Nebraska Health Information Initiative
• Rachel Block, Deputy Commissioner for Health IT, New York State Department of Health
• Jennifer Covich Bordenick, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative
• Dave deBronkart, “e-Patient Dave”,, Co-Chair, Society for Participatory Medicine
• Steven Findlay, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union, Member, HIT Standards Committee
• James Golden, PhD, Director, Division of Health Policy, Minnesota Department of Health
• J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., Deputy chief Medical Officer American Cancer Society
• Robert D. Marotta, Senior Vice President and Regulatory Counsel, HLTH Corporation-WebMD
• Ronald Paulus, M.D., MBA, Executive Vice President for Clinical Operations and Chief Innovation Officer, Geisinger Health System
• Rex Plouck, Enterprise Health IT Officer, Ohio Department of Insurance
• John Rother, Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy ASRP
• Raymond W. Scott, BSc, MBCS, C.Eng, CITP, Chief Executive Officer, Azoloti Corporation
• Harry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Surescripts
• Jamie Welch, Chief Information Officer, Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange

eHI has just confirmed that there will be a new panel to discuss “Better Information, Better Health: Analyzing Health Data to Improve Care”. The panel supported by Ingenix will highlight how data can be used to improve the quality of care as well as the health of patients.

Panalists will include Julie Bartels, Executive Director, Wisconsin Health Information Organization, Larry Garber, M.D., Medical Director for Informatics, Fallon Clinic
Dan Garrett, Partner and Health Industry IT Practice Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Art Glasgow, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Health Information Networks, Ingenix, and Brian J. Kelly, M.D., MBA, National Medical Director for National Accounts, Aetna.

To register, go to