Cambridge meeting: Using health information tech to transform patient care #NEHC #HIT

The Harvard School of Public Health held its annual conference Tuesday “Enabling the Adoption of HIT to Transform Patient Care”

We weren’t there, but the speaker’s powerpoints are posted online. See #NEHC for tweets.

From the program:

The next five years will bear witness to major changes in our nation’s healthcare system. These changes will be expensive, expansive, painful to implement and yet, entire-ly necessary. A key component of the overhaul will be through the implementation of health information technology, most notably the Electronic Health Record and Per-sonal Health Record.

The focus of today’s conference, “Enabling the Adoption of HIT to Transform Patient Care”, is on supporting the adoption of EHRs to deliver better care at a lower cost and emerging technologies to engage patients in care.

 2011 Conference Program

Karen Bell – Presentation

Karen Bell, MD, MMS, is Chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), effective April 26, 2010.

Dr. Bell brings to the Commission wide and varied expertise in health information technology (HIT), quality assurance and clinical practice, in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, HIT Services, Masspro, the federally-contracted Quality Improvement Organization within Massachusetts, where she oversaw the development, implementation and distribution of products and services to support adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) within the health care system

Ashish Jha – Presentation
 Ashish Jha, M.D., M.P.H. is associate professor of Health Policy and Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public HealthDr. Jha is a practicing general internist with a clinical focus on hospital care. The major themes of his research include: 1) Quality of care provided by health care systems with a focus on safety, efficiency, and effectiveness; 2) Health information technology as a tool to reduce disparities and improve the quality, efficiency, and safety of care; 3) Disparities in care, with a focus on the quality of care provided by minority-serving providers; and 4) Hospital governance and its impact on quality of care.
David Bates – Presentation

Dr. Bates is an internationally renowned expert in using information technology to improve clinical decision-making, patient safety, quality-of-care, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes assessment in medical practice.
A practicing general internist, Dr. Bates is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. At a time when patient safety has become a key driver for focusing national attention on health-care quality, Dr. Bates’ work has not only shown the magnitude of the problem but also provided a blueprint for helping solve it. He led a seminal study on the epidemiology of drug-related injuries, demonstrating that the most effective way to prevent serious medication errors is to focus on improving the systems. He has also performed many studies on how computerized, evidence-based guidelines can improve quality and efficiency.



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