Michael Byrne to Keynote the ESRI Health GIS Conference

The FCC's Geographic Information Officer Will Speak on Using Broadband to Support Health Care

REDLANDS, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Byrne, geographic information officer (GIO) for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will give the Keynote Address at the 2010 ESRI Health GIS Conference, to be held October 18–20, 2010, in Denver, Colorado. As GIO of the FCC, Byrne plays a key role in developing a nationwide broadband Internet strategy that has the power to transform the way patients and providers access affordable health care. His presentation will examine strategies for using broadband technology to extend the reach of health care to the greatest number of citizens.

"Making health care information more geographically relevant to consumers is one of the major tenets of recent U.S. health care reform," states Byrne. "Broadband capacity building can work as a vehicle for improving accessibility to health care services as well as reducing health care disparities regardless of the geography." Byrne's previous positions include GIO for the State of California, eServices program manager for the California Department of Public Health, and enterprise geographic information system (GIS) architect for the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.

In addition, featured speaker Dr. Amy Hillier, assistant professor for PennDesign Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, will share her pioneering experiences in using GIS technology to map social services, support advocacy, and evaluate social program impacts.

The annual Health GIS Conference brings together health and social services practitioners, researchers, executives, and policy makers to examine innovative applications of geographic technology to health and human services challenges. Moderated sessions will include a lively discussion of geomedicine, the use of GIS to better understand, manage, and communicate issues related to environmental impacts on human health. Those who want to dive deeper can attend sessions led by ESRI technical specialists. One session will delve into spatial statistics for GIS, and another will invite audience participation in building GIS workflow frameworks that respond to public health and human services objectives.

"The conference is a great opportunity to network with a growing community of health and human services practitioners who are applying geographic technology to today's issues and challenges," says Bill Davenhall, ESRI global marketing manager for health and human services solutions. The format of featured speakers, moderated exchanges, and breakout sessions combined with a hands-on GIS learning center and GIS EXPO will give attendees a one-stop opportunity to explore a wide range of GIS applications.

The early registration discount deadline is July 16, 2010. Online registration and additional information are available by visiting www.esri.com/healthgis.

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