With the continued theme of “Connected Communities of Care,” the conference’s goal is to educate attendees to learn how technology is advancing the healthcare reform movement toward accountability across the public, private, provider, payer, and patient communities, and will bring together health professionals to share their experiences, ideas, plans and breakthrough technologies.
Keynote speakers at the Second Annual HIMSS NW Technology Conference will include:
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, Pediatrician and Author of the blog Seattle Mama Doc. Dr. Swanson points the way to the future of medicine: a world where physicians connect with their patients online to build deeper relationships than was ever possible before. A practicing pediatrician and author of the popular Seattle Mama Doc blog, she brings unique, first-hand experience to this issue. Her online presence has touched the lives of over a quarter million parents who would have been beyond her reach without social media and the internet. Healthcare professionals across the board are looking to Dr. Swanson as a model for how to embrace and mold the future of healthcare delivery.
Rick Skinner, Vice-President, Chief Information Officer at Cancer Care Ontario. Mr. Skinner has over 25 years of experience in healthcare information systems, including positions as the CIO for hospitals, a medical research laboratory, independent consulting and as project manager for the development and implementation of the global medical information system for the U.S. Department of Defense. He has received several awards, including the John Gall Award for Healthcare CIO of the Year at the 2002 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. He has been instrumental in leading international initiatives in organizational change.
“Our Keynote line up this year will address ways to improve the health and care of patients and the public,” said Chris Deiner-Karr, Programs chair, HIMSS Washington State Chapter. “We are putting informative sessions together as well, focusing on Clinical/Quality, Technology and Business healthcare topics, giving attendees a deeper look into new trends in Health IT.”
“The HIMSS NW Technology and Education Symposium received astounding positive feedback last year, and is an exciting opportunity to network with peers and stay abreast of the latest developments in health IT,” said Brian Ahier, Health IT Evangelist from the Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “Whether you are a healthcare provider trying to navigate the shifting landscape of health reform, or a vendor providing innovative technology solutions to the pressing problems we all face, this conference is critically important. The future of healthcare is technology enabled, so don't miss this conference” he added.
Registration for the conference is $125 for HIMSS members, $175 for non-members, and $50 for students. For more information, visit www.nwhimssconference.com/
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About HIMSS Oregon
The Oregon Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is a professional organization dedicated to the development of healthcare information technology professionals throughout the state Oregon and southwest Washington. Our mission is to bring healthcare professionals together with their clinical and business partners in educational settings to explore issues of common concern, network with peers, and grow professionally by sharing knowledge and experience and by learning about new tools, methods and technologies. For more information, visit: www.himss-oregon.org/
About HIMSS Washington
The Washington Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society is focused on providing leadership in healthcare for the management of systems, technology and information. The Chapter promotes an organized forum for continuing education and exchange of ideas amongst its members to improve healthcare information and management systems that support patient care and wellness. For more information, visit: www.himsswa.org/
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org