Navigating Health IT Landscape Summit 16 Theme

Release Date: 
September 15th, 2016

BURLINGTON, VT - Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL)—in partnership with the University of Vermont College of Medicine—announces the 2016 “Navigating the Health IT Landscape” Summit at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. The Summit will open on Wednesday, October 5 from 3 to 7:00 p.m. with concurrent sessions and a networking reception, followed by a full day conference on Thursday, October 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the tenth year that VITL is hosting one of New England’s top conferences for health information technology, which will provide opportunities for attendees to engage with leaders, experts and peers around health information technology tools, resources, best practices and frameworks for successfully navigating change. The Summit is open to health care providers, industry professionals, consumers and those interested in health information technology from across Vermont, regionally and nationally.

The Summit theme is a reflection of the fact that health care reform is reshaping every facet of the system nationally and locally. While the conversion to electronic health records and health information exchange will deliver greater efficiencies and savings, the transition has been complex and challenging for patients, providers, and health care organizations alike. Networks like the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE)—managed by VITL—provide a platform to support change, while ensuring that electronic health information is secure and readily available when Vermonters need it.

VITL President and CEO John K. Evans stated that “health information technology, and the exchange of clinical information informs care and improves patient outcomes, while providing crucial support for Vermont’s health reform efforts. How we navigate the inevitable changes will depend, in part, on how technology is utilized to deliver more efficient health care services. This year the Summit will offer learning experiences that address the new landscape, with sessions on coordinating patient care with technology, the use of data to improve the quality of care, the outlook for interoperability, and the impacts of payment reform.”

A highlight of the conference will be the keynote presentation by Dr. Charles D. Kennedy, vice president and chief medical officer for clinical integration at Aetna. Dr. Kennedy is a recognized expert in health care and health information technology. He was a founding commissioner of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), the first organization recognized by the federal government to certify electronic medical records. He recently concluded a two-term commitment as the health insurance industry representative on the HIT Policy Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee that is guiding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policies to allocate $40 billion in federal funding for HIT deployment. Dr. Kennedy serves on the AHIP Foundation Board of Directors and on the advisory board for the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Healthcare and Life Science Innovation Lab.

Inventor and ePatient Dana Lewis will deliver the luncheon presentation on the intersection of all things health and digital that engages and activates the online health ecosystem. Ms. Lewis is the director of MDigitalLife for W20 Group, and is well known in the health care social media space, first and foremost from founding and leading the #hcsm Twitter chat community since 2009. Dana is also known as a leading epatient, frequently speaking worldwide and publishing on topics related to patient engagement and the DIY and #WeAreNotWaiting movements. She has worked directly with health care device manufacturers to help them solve problems from the patient's perspective. Having first developed her own "Do It Yourself" Artificial Pancreas System (known as #DIYPS), she also leads the #OpenAPS open source movement and community to make safe and effective basic artificial pancreas technology available (sooner) for people with diabetes.

Summit registration is $129 per person for both days, or register as a group of three or more for a discount of $99 per person. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available to network and interact with hundreds of professionals from all areas of health care. For more information and to register, visit

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology, to improve the quality of care delivery, to enhance patient safety and to reduce the cost of care. VITL is legislatively designated to operate the health information exchange (HIE) for Vermont, and is governed by a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. For more information, please visit