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Schooler named CHIME- HIMSS 2011 CIO of the year


Rick Schooler, FCHIME, was presented with the 2011 John

E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award at the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas last month. Schooler is chief information offi cer and vice president at Orlando Health, an integrated delivery sys- tem with a variety of healthcare providers in central Florida. The lifetime-achievement award is sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS. The boards of directors for both orga- nizations annually select the recipient

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of the award, which recognizes health IT executives who have made signifi cant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The award is named in honor of the late John E. Gall Jr., who pioneered implementation of the fi rst fully integrated medical information system in the world at California’s El Camino Hospital in the 1960s. Schooler’s distinguished career in health IT spans 21 years at three different organizations: Methodist Hospital of Indiana, Central Georgia Health System and Orlando Health. In each role, he made signifi cant accomplish- ments in the deployment of electronic health records and information technology in complex environments. He has been a member of CHIME since 1994 and a member of HIMSS since 1992.

EVENTS MARCH Military Electronic Health Records, March 15-

16, Washington, D.C., brings together experts from government and industry who are modernizing the military healthcare IT infrastructure and developing next-generation military EHRs. This event will also focus on: interoperability challenges, innovative enterprise strategies, cyber security, real-time telemedicine and virtual healthcare.


Interconnected Health 2012: Enabling Health Through High-Impact IT, April 2-4, Chicago, will focus on approaches, challenges and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity. This event is geared toward the CxO suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations.


The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2012 Annual Meeting, June 7-10, Orlando, is the place to discover today’s imaging informatics essentials and trends. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide for dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors.

Virtual operating room aims to sharpen surgeon skills INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

There’s no teacher like experi-

ence, even for highly trained physicians and surgeons, so researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) are working to develop a next-generation virtual reality operating room. Most surgery simulators today are solely focused on enhancing and assessing a surgeon’s hand movements and mo- tor skills. The new system will go one better by enhancing and assessing the surgeon’s understanding of the overall procedure as well as the cause and effect of his or her actions. RPI professor Suvranu De’s system, made possible by a $2.7 million NIH grant, will feature touch-sensitive surgical instruments that enable users to feel and manipulate virtual tissues and organs through surgical tool handles used in ac- tual surgery. The system will also include an immersive 3-D headset with highly realistic graphics and a virtual mentor who

offers tips, criticisms, visual and auditory cues, and other feedback.

De and his team aim to simulate an emerging, minimally invasive technique known as single-incision lap- aroscopic surgery for pro- cedures such as gallbladder removal and gastric band- ing. Rensselaer will partner with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Tufts University in Boston on the project. Once perfected, the simulator should be expandable to other types of surgical procedures.

A student from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center tests the haptically enhanced virtual surgery simulator prototype. (Image courtesy: RPI)


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