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Minnesota e-Health Summit to explore how Minnesota providers can take advantage of health information technology


Wed, Jun 16th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minnesota providers can learn how to make the most of incentives for e-health at the sixth annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on Thursday, June 17. Dr. David Blumenthal, a nationally recognized expert on health information technology, will describe his work building a nationwide interoperable, private and secure health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health information technology.

The summit, which takes place at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, will focus on providing participants tools and resources to successfully implement electronic health records and health information technology, including examples of national and Minnesota e-health activities. The summit will address meeting the state mandate to achieve interoperable electronic health records by 2015.

In addition to Blumenthal's keynote address, Minnesota leaders will share the vision of e-health in the state and present some of the current programs designed to help efforts in Minnesota succeed. Breakout sessions will feature Minnesota speakers who will highlight their experience in areas such as effectively using electronic health record systems, protecting privacy and confidentiality, exchanging health information, meeting Minnesota's health reform goals and highlighting community collaborations.

"We are fortunate in Minnesota that so many people and organizations are willing to work together to implement electronic health records in a thoughtful, coordinated way," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "The collective energy and wisdom of so many is helping to ensure that we see real improvements in the quality and safety of care, and in the health of our families and communities."

This year's Minnesota e-Health Summit is aimed at anyone planning or implementing electronic health records and other health information technology, and anyone working on community or regional health information exchange in Minnesota. Past summits have attracted more than 400 participants.

The annual summit is a joint venture of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee, Stratis Health, Key Health Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Minnesota e-Health Initiative is a public-private collaborative whose vision is to accelerate the adoption and use of health information technology to improve health care quality, increase patient safety, reduce health care costs and improve public health.

More information about the summit, including registration instructions, is available at http://www.health.state.mn.us/e-health/summit/summit2010.html.

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