Navigating the Health IT Landscape
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) provide a platform to support change, while ensuring that electronic health information is secure and readily available when Vermonters need it.
Understanding the challenges of change, VITL is presenting—in partnership with The University of Vermont College of Medicine—Summit '16: Navigating the Health IT Landscape on October 5 & 6, 2016. The conference will provide opportunities to engage with leaders, experts and peers around health information technology tools, resources, best practices and frameworks as instruments for successfully navigating change.
Summit '16 Topics
Four tracks and 15 breakout sessions that offer a mix of presentation, panel and workshop formats are on tap for this two-day event.
- Governing Health IT through Public Policy
- Laying the Course for Coordinated Patient Care
- Measuring Care, Quality and Outcomes with Data
- Hot Topics in Health IT
New this Year: Expanded Continuing Medical Education Credits
In partnership with the University of Vermont College of Medicine Continuing Medical Education, the Summit will expand CME offerings for the following categories:
- Nurse practitioner
- Social worker
- Physical therapist
- Nursing home administrator
Keynote Speaker Announced
VITL is pleased to announce that Charles D. Kennedy, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer for clinical integration at Aetna, will be the keynote speaker for Summit '16. Previously, Dr. Kennedy was chief population health officer at Healthagen, and responsible for leading population health and care management strategies, and working with health systems and provider organizations to design and implement population health management programs.
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 EMRs. 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 will be Luncheon Speaker
Dana M. Lewis will be the Summit '16 luncheon speaker. Ms. Lewis is the director, MDigitalLife for W20 Group, working at the intersection of all things health and digital, to help organizations understand, engage and activate the online health ecosystem. Dana is well known in the health care social media space, first and foremost from founding and leading the #hcsm Twitter chat community since 2009. Before joining W2O Group, she spent years in a digital leadership role supporting a nonprofit health system and other health organizations in connecting patients with health information and services online.
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 '16 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. A block of rooms will be reserved at conference rate pricing, $175/night, until September 9, 2016. Please visit the Sheraton's Summit website for more information and to make reservations.
Ten Years as New England's Premiere Health IT Summit
For the tenth year, Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. is hosting Summit '16—one of New England's top conferences for the health information technology industry. This two-day event will offer timely sessions that attracts over 400 physicians, nurses, clinicians, practice managers, quality improvement and health care IT professionals, health care CIOs, consumers and health IT entrepreneurs.