Join Western PA HIMSS for “Healthcare 2020: The Technology Vision: Part II”

Updated on June 4, 2014

Over the last 50 years, technology has dramatically changed the world of healthcare. Consumers are now more well-informed than ever, using the Internet to research their conditions, possible treatments and access to providers who specialize in treating their ailments. Providers are adopting electronic health records and collaborating digitally with others to stream-line and collectively manage patient care. Payers are creating innovative pay-for-value models to help improve the quality and continuity of care and lower overall costs of care. And manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices are engaging all constituents of the healthcare value chain to extend their access and reach.

Last year WPHIMSS hosted “Health Care 2020: The Technology Vision” to offer a forum to provoke ideas and cultivate dialog about the use of technology in healthcare today, tomorrow and in the year 2020. By popular demand we are bringing back some and introducing others in Part II of this annual series of discovery, discussion and debate. This event will showcase local, regional, and national experts in the areas of healthcare delivery, innovation, patient engagement, population healthcare management and emerging technology.

Date: June 6, 2014
Time: 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Place: Double Tree Pittsburgh (One Bigelow Square)

$75 Members
$100 Non Members
$25 Students
Register here!

Featured Keynote Speakers

Kenneth R. Jennings, PhD
Head of Population Health Solutions

Alexandra (Alix) Goss
Executive Director
Pennsylvania eHealth
Partnership Authority

Brett E Trusko, PhD, MBA
Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Innovation Science

Panel Discussions:

Disruptive Technology for Healthy Outcomes
“The theory of disruptive innovation was first coined by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen in his research on the disk-drive industry and later popularized by his book The Innovator’s Dilemma, published in 1997. The theory explains the phenomenon by which an innovation transforms an existing market or sector by introducing simplicity, convenience, accessibility, and affordability where complication and high cost are the status quo.” What should we expect to see in the area of disruptive technology that will move the needle on healthy outcomes? And where are the opportunities to leap frog expectations?

Technology Catalyzing Health Beyond Healthcare Systems
Practitioners and health systems that effectively engage consumers and provide meaningful interactions will stay useful and relevant. The panel will discuss how technology is bringing a revolution towards “Person Centered Medicine” focused on health beyond systems.

The ACO: An Annual Check Up
An ACO is a health care provider organization that is accountable for meeting the health needs of a defined population, including the total cost of care and the quality and effectiveness of services. Accountable Care Organizations were made possible in the Medicare program by the new health law, and top federal health officials see them as a way to improve the coordination of care while lowering costs. In 2009 Alan Greenspan stated, “We have to find a way to curtail the federal funding of healthcare…There’s going to be a clash invariably because resources are not going to be as ample as they have been…Only a sharp boost in healthcare efficiency can keep these factors in check.” Five years later…Are ACOs effective in affecting health care quality and costs?

For more information, please visit or contact Liz Wertz Evans, WPHIMSS President: [email protected] or Robert Sheesley, WPHIMSS Immediate Past President:[email protected].

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