Datebook: Highlighted sessions at HIMSS14

Monday, February 24

10 a.m. - How Workflow and Usability of EHRs Impact Patient Safety
In this session, hear about how electronic health record (EHR) workflow and usability issues impact patient safety. Potential opportunities for improving patient safety by software developers and implementing organizations will be discussed. Speaker: Emily S. Patterson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Information Management and Systems, School of Health and Rehabilitation Services, Ohio State University

11:30 a.m. - Patient Engagement: It's for Small Clinics, Too
Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements have placed emphasis on patient engagement so individuals play a more active role in managing their health. This session will focus on a model developed by the Louisiana Health IT Resource Center to assist small and rural clinics with patient engagement objectives. Speaker: Nadine Robin, Louisiana Health IT Program Manager, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

Tuesday, February 25

1 p.m. - Predictive Analytics Helps Reduce Future Health Costs at Baylor Quality Alliance
Hear how Baylor Quality Alliance, an accountable care organization of the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, is improving the cost and quality of care through the use of predictive analytics. Attendees will learn how BQA is applying analytics to current EHR data to identify future high-utilizing, high-cost patients. Speakers: Michael Sills, M.D., Vice President, Informatics and Technology, Baylor Quality Alliance; Agneta G. Breitenstein, J.D., MPH, Vice President, Providers, Humedica

2:30 p.m. - Tools and Resources to Safeguard Patient Information
This session will include an overview of the current federal health care privacy and security regulations as well as interactive demonstrations of current ONC videos, tools and resources designed to assist healthcare organizations in protecting patient health information. Speakers: Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator; Laura Rosas, Senior Advisor, Office of the National Coordinator; Nora Super, Senior Stakeholder Outreach Co., Office of the National Coordinator

Wednesday, February 26

8:30 a.m. - Improving Care Transitions with the IT-Enabled Medication Management
In this session, hear how using an innovative HIT-based medication management model as a framework can help healthcare organizations can improve care transitions processes. For example, Cleveland Clinic Florida's HIT infrastructure supports comprehensive medication reconciliation and engages patients in effectively managing their medications post-transition.. Speakers: Frank J. Eidelman, M.D., Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Florida; Michael R. Solomon, PhD, Consultant, Point-of-Care Partners

1 p.m. - Interoperability at the VA
In this session, hear an overview of interoperability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) along with various data sharing initiatives between the Department of Defense (DoD) and private sector partners. This session will also discuss interoperability within the growing mobile health field. Speakers: Theresa Cullen, M.D., Acting Deputy Director of the Department of Defense/Department of Veterans Affairs Interagency Program Office; Paul Tibbits, M.D., Deputy CIO for Architecture, Strategy and Design, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Information and Technology

Thursday, February 27

10:30 a.m. - Improving Surgical Outcomes and Lowering Costs with Clinical Analytics
In this session, learn how a large-scale, payer-funded, collaborative improvement program has improved quality and reduced costs across multiple specialties at over 70 hospitals in Michigan. Performance feedback with clinical outcomes measures and personalized decision support has been key in engaging physicians. Speakers: John Birkmeyer, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan, Chief Scientific Officer, Arbormetrix

12 p.m. - Improving Outcomes with an Innovative Approach to Population Health Analytics
Hear about how Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) deployed innovative enterprise data warehouse architecture and a multi-disciplinary approach toward quality interventions and population health management. As a result, SHC has improved primary care coordination of patients with chronic conditions, reduced 30-day hospital readmissions and optimized its ability to manage population health. Speakers: Yohan Vetteth, Executive Director for Innovation and Business Intelligence, Stanford Hospital & Clinics; Pravene Nath, Chief Medical Information Officer, Stanford Hospital and Clinics


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