Inaugural Summit to Showcase Innovative Solutions and Synergies for Improving U.S. Healthcare System

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 As total annual U.S. healthcare costs continue to soar, the role of healthcare and technology has taken over discussions in Washington and on Wall Street – and now Pittsburgh. On March 8 and 9, the Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo and The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service,along with the Western PennsylvaniaChapter, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (WPHIMSS) are partnering to present the inaugural Canada − United States Healthcare Information Technology Summit − “Improving Care Through Innovation” – which will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh.

The Summit aims to foster partnerships and identify opportunities for synergies among Canadian healthcare technology companies and U.S. hospitals, health insurers and healthcare delivery partners, to identify and accelerate the adoption of innovative solutions – ultimately leading to improved outcomes and lowered costs.

The event will kick off on March 8 with professional networking, speakers and an interactive discussion session, while the following day’s events will include educational sessions and a keynote speaker. Representative discussion topics include:

  • Surviving the conversion to ICD-10 codes
  • Use of SMS/Text Messaging for successful health management
  • Health IT Security Concerns & How to Protect Your Data and Patients
  • Use of Social Media in Healthcare

To register, visit www.wphimss.org and click on the blue Register Information button. Registration deadline is Monday, March 5 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Mary C. St. Mary, Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada via email: mary.st.mary@international.gc.ca or by calling (716) 858-9555.page1image18600

Event Details:

Thursday, March 8 (5:30-8:30 p.m.): networking, speaker and interactive session; includes buffet dinner and drinks Friday, March 9 (8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.): educational sessions and keynote speaker; includes continental breakfast and lunch

Accommodations

Rooms have been blocked at the special rate of $129/night at the DoubleTree Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh. Please mention the Canada HIT event when booking a room. For reservations, please call (412) 281-5800.

Cost (processing fees apply)

March 8 only: $35 (all attendees)
March 8 and 9: $75 (WPHIMSS members); $95 (non-members); $50 (student) March 9 only: $50 (WPHIMSS members); $75 (non-members); $25 (student)

About The Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

Every day, companies worldwide turn to Canada as a source of innovation, creativity and expertise for Health Information Technology and related industries. The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is your first step to finding the Canadian solutions to your business needs. Let us introduce you to competitive Canadian companies by including you in our local business network and by finding Canadian businesses that share your interests. Let our team of professionals introduce you to Canada; contact us for assistance.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing healthcare professionals with educational conferences, networking opportunities and a forum for the exchange of ideas related to the use of health information systems and health information management. For more information on the western Pennsylvania chapter, please contact Robert Sheesley, president, by email: sheesleyrk@UPMC.edu or by calling (312) 735-9559