Guide to EHR sessions at HIMSS18

From artificial intelligence to simulation training to optimizing the care continuum, this year’s health IT conference has many sessions on making the most of your EHR.
By Jack McCarthy
07:23 AM

Whether you are consolidating multiple systems into one enterprise electronic health record, integrating various vendors products or optimizing an existing EHR, there are many HIMSS18 sessions to pick from. 

There are, in fact, far too many sessions about EHRs to include them all here, so this is a roundup of highlights focused on making the most of your EHR at this year’s health IT conference. 

Optimizing Care Transitions Across the Continuum
Experts from a large teaching hospital will share their two-fold strategy to ensure transitions are effective and safe. The work included establishing a centralized call center for post-discharge follow up and streamlining EHR workflows to increase staff productivity. The end result: Better care for patients after they’ve been discharged. 
Speakers: Victoria Chestnut, Manager, Integrated Population Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network; James Shull, IS Project Manager, Lehigh Valley Health Network
When: 10-11 a.m. March 6
Where: Sands Showroom

Developing a Strategy to Manage Legacy Data
Speakers in this session will address data archiving, migration and retention project St. Luke’s undertook to standardize onto a single EHR and how it developed the strategy, including a look at determining what information to retain and evaluating archiving solutions. 
Speakers: Cindy Andreason, Director, Health Information Management, St. Luke's Health System; Keith Olenik, Principal, The Olenik Consulting Group, LLC
When: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 6
Where: Venetian Galileo 901

Closing the Gap: Risk Insights at the Point of Care
Officials from a physician-led ACO will share lessons learned from maintaining an accurate understanding of patient risk to inform decisions about creating care programs while ensuring reimbursement, and how to add HCC coding gaps directly into the EHR helped it succeed. 
Speakers: Heather Trafton, Vice President of Operations, Steward Health Care Network; Catherine Turbett, Director, Practice Performance Improvement, Steward Health Care Network
When: 1-2 p.m. March 6
Where: Venetian Galileo 901

The Value of the Clinical Narrative in Cancer Care
MD Anderson and Nuance will shed light on adding intelligent speech technologies to the EHR to illustrate the value of storytelling and incorporating the patient narrative in cancer care. 
Speakers: Jerry Henderson, Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Michael Clark, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Nuance Communications
When: 1-2 p.m. March 6
Where: Venetian Palazzo K

Optimizing EHR Governance to Improve the User Experience
Dignity Health began standardizing its EHR governance to optimize the user experience in 2014 and has since achieved increased throughput, decreased turnaround times as well as improved provider engagement and satisfaction. The speaker will discuss processes developed and lessons learned along the way. 
Speaker: Paula Scariati, Medical Director, Health Informatics, Dignity Health
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 6
Where: Venetian Galileo 901

Using Simulation Training to Speed EHR Adoption
This look at how MD Anderson used simulation training to augment classroom work for more than 2,000 providers as it geared up to go-live with a new EHR – a project that was seen as extremely valuable when they surveyed participants after the program. This session will include advice about preparing and scaling simulation training. 
Speakers: John Frenzel, Chief Medical Information Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Craig Owen, Executive Director, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Where: 4-5 p.m. March 6
When: Venetian Murano 3304

Clinical Process Improvement for Scalable Quality Governance
When Tampa General Hospital embarked on clinical process improvement (CPI) to enhance standardization and efficacy of treatment for high-priority conditions, it designed the program to be scalable and repeatable. This session will outline that strategy, discuss its success with sepsis, and explain the organizational changes that came about. 
Speaker: Peter Chang, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Tampa General Hospital
When: 4-5 p.m. March 7
Where: Las Vegas - Venetian Convention Center, Murano 3301

Pharmacogenomics Within the EHR
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center implemented a pharmacogenomics program within its EHR that consists of genotyping clinical decision support. Leaders from the NIH Clinical Center will discuss the clinical, laboratory, informatics, and policy decisions involved in making that implementation happen. 
Speakers: Jon McKeeby, Chief Information Officer, NIH Clinical Center; Jharana Patel, Chief Pharmacy Information Officer, NIH Clinical Center
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m. March 8
Where: Venetian Delfino 4002

From Implementation to Optimization: Moving Beyond Operations
The speaker will address the need to evolve hospitals’ when it comes to maintaining long-term operational support for EHRs, including evaluating governance, processes and structures and will share insights about optimizing the work intake, enhancing clinical partnerships, prioritization, and developing key performance indicators and service level agreements. 
Speakers: Scott Aikey, Senior Director, Core Clinical Application Support, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
When: 2:30-3:30 p.m, March 8
Where: Venetian Marcello 4405

Achieving HIMSS Stage 7: Realizing the Benefits of Your EHR
Hilo Medical Center CIO and EHR Director will share their journey to HIMSS Stage 7 and what goes in recertification. The discussion will include a look at key metrics for qualifying, the importance of using its EHR to full potential and it will also involve insights to help others discover whether they are doing more than they might think to improve patient care. 
Speakers: Kris Wilson, Chief Information Officer, Hilo Medical Center; Christine Takahashi, EHR Director, Hilo Medical Center
When: 4-5 p.m. March 8
Where: Venetian Palazzo K

Improving Health IT Through Use of NLP/AI in Documentation
Speakers will share evaluation strategies for incorporating a voice-generated electronic note system and natural language processing (NLP) technologies with an EHR to improve accuracy,  timeliness, and patient safety. 
Speakers: Li Zhou, Associate Professor; Lead Investigator, Harvard Medical School; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Suzanne Blackley, Associate Application Analyst, Partners HealthCare
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 9
Where: Venetian Galileo 904

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