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Military Health Management 2010, April 26-28,

Arlington, Va., covers a combination of high-level DoD and VA initiatives, as well as case studies around projects and developments underway throughout the military.


2010 MTIA, April 28-May 1, Daytona Beach, Fla.,

delivers educational content, networking events and activities aimed at initiating the change that is required in the fi eld of healthcare documentation.

Healthcare IT Institute, May 2-4, Atlanta,

facilitates dialogue among healthcare CIO’s regarding how IT can be used to effi ciently integrate data and information across various departments.

2010 CIO Healthcare Summit, May 9-12,

Scottsdale, Ariz., is three days of focused business meetings and networking sessions where participants discuss the many changes facing the healthcare industry.

The Spring Health IT Summit, May 12-13, Fort

Lauderdale, Fla., helps top-level executives, legislators, physicians, regulators and technologists come to grips with the swirling forces of health information technology change.

We must create demand. “We must create electronic systems so appealing that they make physicians want to leave their paper medical records behind. We must create clinical decision-support systems that make it routine for physicians to check their internal knowledge with data and evidence. We must offer work-fl ow solu- tions that improve the effi ciency of using health IT. We must make physicians want, yes, demand the enormous power that IT brings to ... medicine. “We have to change a paper-based system in which most clinical decisions are made primarily by intuitive judgment – based on the ability to recall disparate facts – into an electronic system enabling decisions to be made according to data and evidence. “We must provide clinical decision-support tools that reduce the burden of recalling facts and help to assess patients, form diagnoses and choose therapeu- tic paths. Healthcare IT opens the door to this higher level of medical practice, one where both physicians and nurses can concentrate on examining, interacting and motivating patients, while technology handles the burdens of collecting, storing and accessing data. The knowledge of best practices and evidence-based care must be delivered to every single clinician at every point of care so that every patient everywhere receives care according to this latest knowledge, rather than according to the habits of a clinician disconnected from this knowledge.


Comprehensive Healthcare for the U.S.: An

Idealized Model, by William Roth, critically examines the mire of excellent technical quality and ineffi cient delivery that has become the U.S. healthcare system.


April 2010

“It’s up to healthcare IT to make knowledge more readily available and its discovery and use more intuitive. This work will require the design of clinical decision-support systems and other tools that merge seamlessly with patient-care activities. This work will not just distribute best practices, but embed them into the work fl ow of medical practice. This work requires a unique multidisciplinary effort involving not only work-fl ow experts but also virtu- ally any person connected with clinical care. “Bringing this level of sophistication and beyond to American healthcare will signify true transfor- mation and will require all of the diverse talents represented within HIMSS. No matter who you are – whether you are a senior IT executive, a clinician or an engineer; whether you come from a hospital, a community or public health organization, a clinical practice, a payer or a pharmaceutical company; or whether your primary interest is patient safety, qual- ity, research, privacy, or return on investment – we need you to contribute to the cause of transforming healthcare through IT.”


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