HIMSS reveals keynote speakers for Government Health IT conference

By Tom Sullivan
08:05 AM

HIMSS has announced its speaker lineup for the upcoming Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition

This year’s theme is “emerging care and reimbursement models.”

“Health IT is transforming healthcare at an amazing pace, but along with that, federal health IT policy and healthcare reform are bringing a variety of challenges and increased demands,” said Tom Leary, vice president of government at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). “The Government Health IT Conference is designed to provide attendees with best practices for realizing the value of health IT as they work to provide quality care, improve overall population health, and reduce costs.”

To that end, Niall Brennan, acting director, of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ offices of enterprise management, will keynote the conference.

Brennan intends to focus on leveraging CMS data to accelerate health system transformation and he plans to outline some of the ways CMS is tapping into data analytics in efforts to achieve the Triple Aim of improving individual care for healthier patient populations at a lower cost.

Patricia Dombrowski, executive director of the Health eWorkforce Consortium at Bellevue College and Seth D. Harris, Counsel for Dentons and former US acting secretary of labor, meanwhile, will take to the stage to discuss “advancing the health IT workforce.”

Harris intends to give an overview of the strategies for developing a workforce that were exercised during his tenure at the DOL while Dombrowski will share her experiences directing the 9-school Health eWorkforce Consortium with a focus on health IT and military veterans.

Beyond workforce development, the conference’s major tracks focus on care coordination for quality improvement and the intersection of healthcare and payment reform.

Sessions include: Standards-based interoperability: Hype or game-changer?, NSTIC, ONC and Inova: Trusted identities for electronic health records,  The Big Data cure: The future of Big Data in federal healthcare, Supporting connectivity for health care providers: The FCC's Healthcare Connect Fund, and Connecting providers and patients to transform healthcare, among others. 

The Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition takes place June 17-18 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

Registration is free for federal employees and Veterans.

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