Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The New WAVE OF HEALTH CARE IT (A free virtual seminar focusing on the future of EHR: From policy to implementation) is today. You can register and participate by visiting the SearchHealthIT website.

Here's a brief description:
How do you ensure successful EHR readiness and deployment? New EHR requirements from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and other standards committees place increasing pressures on health care IT leaders to understand and asses EHR readiness and make key decisions about upgrading infrastructures.

Our one-day expert virtual seminar will help you identify where you should be focusing your storage, security, application integration and networking efforts over the next year to meet these requirements.

Learn how to:

    * Assess your IT infrastructure
    * Plan for funding of your e-health infrastructure
    * Determine which technologies will help you increase efficiencies and meet meaningful use mandates
    * Implement best practices for PACS and EHR storage, mobile and wireless networking and data privacy and security
    * Train staff quickly and stay on budget while implementing process changes
    * And much more
Speakers include:

John D. Halamka, MD, MS
CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. John D. Halamka is an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was responsible for one of the first World Wide Web exchanges of electronic health records called CareWeb, which was recognized with the Martin Epstein Award at the 1997 AMIA fall meeting. He helped develop and leads the regional health information organization in Massachusetts, and his work on Health Information exchanges has been the basis for clinical and financial networks in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and California. Dr. Halamka blogs regularly at Life As A Healthcare CIO.

Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD
Acting Director, Office of Standards and Interoperability, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)

Dr. Doug Fridsma's recent work revolves around how to develop, implement, and evaluate standards-based, interoperable clinical trials applications for managing clinical trials. Currently, he is one of the leaders of the BRIDG project, an NCI funded initiative that is part of the caBIG program and the aim of which is to develop a comprehensive formal representation of the shared semantics of clinical trials research. Dr. Fridsma serves on both the BRIDG Project Advisory Board, and the CDISC (the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium) Board of Directors. He will speak about the latest updates in policy from the ONC and what it means for health care IT professionals, followed by a question and answer session.

Claudia Tessier RHIA
President, mHealth Initiative Inc.

Claudia Tessier, MEd, RHIA, is President of mHealth Initiative, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the adoption of mobile devices and applications in healthcare as the future conduits of interoperability for essential health information and as a means of enabling participatory health. From 2001 to 2006 she was executive director of the Mobile Healthcare Alliance (MoHCA). Tessier authored The AAMT Book of Style for Medical Transcription, and she is preparing the 4th edition of The Surgical Word Book. She is an internationally recognized expert, speaker, writer, and consultant on healthcare documentation, the CCR, electronic medical records, and mHealth.

C. Peter Waegemann
Vice President for Development, mHealth Iniatiative Inc.

C. Peter Waegemann has been a visionary and promoter of electronic medical record systems, including founding the Medical Records Institute (MRI), a Boston-based organization involved in applied research and functioning as an educational clearinghouse, where he served as CEO and was also the Executive Director of its Center for Cell Phone Applications in HealthCare (C-PAHC). Considered an international leader in health informatics with a special interest in electronic patient record systems, standards, networking, mHealth, and the creation of the national information infrastructure, he is the most sought-after speaker on these topics. Waegemann as been cited as one of 20 outstanding people "who make healthcare better" (HealthLeaders 2007).

William "Buddy" Gillespie
Vice President-CTO and CIO Emeritus, WellSpan Health

William “Buddy” Gillespie is Vice President and CTO at WellSpan Health in York, Pennsylvania. Gillespie joined WellSpan Health in 1996 after serving as vice president of information services at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.  As WellSpan's CTO, he is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of information technology to support integrated applications consisting of financial, clinical and administrative systems.  Mr. Gillespie holds degrees in physics and mathematics from Athens University.  He has been active in healthcare informatics for more than 25 years in both the development and implementation of technology solutions.

Al Gallant
Director of Technical Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Al Gallant is the Director of Technical Services for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. DHMC mission: To provide high-quality health care and comfort to the ill, to prevent illness among the well, and to advance health care through education, research, community service and the improvement of clinical practice. Gallant is also a contributor to SearchHealthIT.com.

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