Sunday, December 19, 2010

Examining HIT's Role

Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health IT will keynote eHealth Initiative’s Annual Conference on January 19-20, 2011 in Washington D.C at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Other keynoters ABC Congressional Correspondent Cokie Roberts and eHealth Initiative CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick will join Dr. Blumenthal.

The conference “eHealth: Turning Policy into Action” will bring together influential policymakers, medical experts, and information technology providers to help attendees understand how HIT is improving the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare.

Key topics to be covered include health information technology’s role in healthcare reform, meaningful use, accountable care organizations and care coordination, and the use of data to support quality improvement in healthcare.

A special session on “Health IT Coordination: Progress and Barriers at the State Level” supported by Medicity will highlight the coordination challenges facing states.

Guest speakers will include:

• Doug Dietzman, Executive Director, Michigan Health Connect
• Gina Bianco Perez, Executive Director, Delaware Health Information Network
• Liza Fox-Wylie, Policy Director, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization
• Tom Liddell, Executive Director, Michiana Health Information Network
• John K. Evans, President, S2A Consulting
• Vikas Khosla, President and CEO, BluePrint Healthcare IT, NJ HIN Privacy and Security Committee.

Another vital panel featuring “Care Coordination in the Age of Health Reform” supported by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, will highlight how cutting-edge organizations in the midst of creating accountable care organizations are dealing with the transition of care.

Guest speakers will include:

• Robert Fortini, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Bon Secours Medical Group
• Bruce Hamory MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Research Officer, Geisinger Health System
• Charles Kennedy, MD, Vice President for Health Information Technology, WellPoint

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