The Interface - Keynote Speaker and Breakout Sessions Announced for 2016 Summit Series: Capital Area
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Keynote Speaker and Breakout Sessions Announced for 2016 Summit Series: Capital Area

Healthcare thought leaders, medical practice staff, population health advocates, healthcare providers, and HIT professionals are gathering to network and educate themselves about the value of health information exchange.

Attendees will gain insights from healthcare providers using HIE technology and from HIT experts from across the continuum of care. Learn more about the many ways that GLHC assists organizations in meeting the demands of today’s connected healthcare landscape.

There is no cost to attend the event, complimentary continental breakfast and lunch included. All are welcome, registration is required.

Capital Area Summit
Monday, May 2

Radisson Hotel
111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Keynote Speaker: Brian Ahier

Brian is a national expert on health information technology with a focus on health data exchange. Brian is Director of Standards and Government Affairs at Medicity and also serves on the Interoperability & HIE Workgroup of the HIT Policy Committee

Breakout Session Topics

  • Understanding Health Information Exchange (HIE) Basics
  • The Future of HIE in Michigan and Beyond
  • Fostering Successful HIE in your Community
  • Enhance Patient Care with the Virtually Integrated Patient Record (VIPR)
  • Using the Referral   Application to Coordinate Care
  • Safeguarding Privacy & Security for You and Your Patients
  • Introducing HIE for supporting the array of rehabilitation, long term, and elder care and services
  • Ambulatory EMR Interfaces
  • “Meaningful Use: Past, Present, and Future” presented by Altarum Institute
Register you and your colleagues today!

Not located near Lansing? Not available on May 2?
The Summit Series continues in August!

West Michigan Summit
Tuesday, August 16

Grand Rapids, MI
Prince Conference Center at Calvin College
More Information!

Detroit Area Summit
Tuesday, August 23

Ford Conference and Events Center
Dearborn, MI
More Information!

National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16

This day has been established to inspire, educate, and empower healthcare providers and the public about the importance of advance care planning. Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC) continues to expand the number of advanced directives in its health information exchange registry through collaborations with Michigan healthcare entities.


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The Exchange

The Exchange is a weekly blog written by the GLHC staff. As the name suggests, The Exchange is a virtual space for information sharing, engagement, and learning around issues that impact all aspects of healthcare and technology. 

Relax Chicken Little,
The Interoperability Sky is NOT Falling!

There is arguably no topic in health information technology that generates more industry media coverage and online chatter than interoperability.

There is no doubt that a nationally connected system for securely and seamlessly sharing electronic health data is an inevitable necessity. But making progress toward this goal has proven to be … challenging. But is the urgency and attention really warranted? Or has the hype blown practical consideration of the topic completely out of proportion? How do average providers and their patients feel about their access to the information necessary to support their health? What role does (or should) provider/patient perception play how we rank priorities and their urgency?

Particular subjects have a way of capturing our collective consciousness. That can certainly be said for those who spend a lot of time and effort wrestling with interoperability and all its challenges. What may begin as just another development project, can easily be blown out of proportion. Then, before you know it, savvy HIT consultants and developers have identified the opportunity and then emphasize the urgency to their clients and prospects in hopes of landing some new business. Then the various industry media pick up the narrative and develop several competing story lines, each trying to scoop the other. Finally, the cycle comes full circle, social media reinforces the narrative, until it has taken hold across the industry.

When you’re sitting in the eye of this storm, It’s easy to lose perspective on how much impact an issue may (or may not) have on the rest of the world. It’s like the story of Chicken Little. A falling acorn lands on our collective head, and before we know it, the sky is falling! This is in my view what has occurred with the “problem” of Interoperability.

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