Fall Collaborative Communications Summit Explores Benefits of HIT with Interstate Networks and Web Portals

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Two key areas of development within the umbrella of Health Information Technology are enabling in-state and out-of-state healthcare network communications and devising a web-based portal that is essentially a workstation for healthcare providers. Two different presentations relating to these integral components of HIT will be discussed at Fall Collaborative Communications Summit (CCS).

The Fall Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Healthcare through Health Information Technology will take place November 5-6, 2007 at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. (http://www.collaborativecommunicationssummit.com)

Two key areas of development within the umbrella of Health Information Technology are enabling in-state and out-of-state healthcare network communications and devising a web-based portal that is essentially a workstation for healthcare providers. Two different presentations relating to these integral components of HIT will be discussed at Fall Collaborative Communications Summit (CCS).

Usman Mirza, the Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio Medical Management Group, will provide a presentation on Monday, Nov. 5 entitled Leveraging a National Physicians Network for Clinical and Financial Prosperity.

Mirza's presentation will specifically look at how the Sonterra Medical Management Group and the Hughston Medical Management Group are collaborating to use an on-demand national network of 12,000-plus medical providers to streamline the financial and clinical workflows of two leading orthopedic groups in two states. The talk will delve into how the two medical groups have been able to improve and increase patient care, maximize their use of IT and physician reimbursement, all by leveraging a centrally-hosted, proactive practice management and EMR service.

"Given the growing complexity of the health care system, it is critical for medical groups and care delivery organizations to leverage the latest technologies and services that will allow them to optimize their operations and care delivered," Mirza said.

"Having used an on-demand clinical and financial services, we have been able to harness the collective experience and knowledge of thousands of physicians across the nation, allowing our medical management group to achieve of strategic goals."

HIT on the Web will be a presentation given by the Vice President of Enterprise Architecture at Kaiser Permanente, Hank Mahler. Mahler's presentation, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, will talk about how this ever-changing, Internet-savvy world has impacted numerous operations within a prominent healthcare provider.

Mahler will discuss how patients and providers approach their healthcare by leveraging HIT through the Internet. He'll specifically explain Kaiser Permanente's use of a Web portal to allow members to schedule appointments, view lab test results, refill prescriptions and communicate with their doctors and other healthcare providers online.

Some of the in-depth case studies, presentations and perspectives will include Alcatel-Lucent Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic, CareData Solutions Corporation, GE Healthcare, Indian Health Service - Department of Health & Human Services, Markle Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Catholic Health Initiatives, Cisco Systems, Harvard Medical School, San Antonio Medical Management Group Inc., JaxCare, CalRHIO, Carespark, Gila Regional Medical Center, Integrated Physician Network Avista (iPN Avista), Inland Northwest Health Services, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Avanti Patient Flow Services, Kaiser Permanente, American Hospital Association, UC Davis Medical Center, St. Luke's Health System, University Hospitals and Health System, L.A. Care Health Plan, Florida Hospice of the Sun Coast, UCLA Medical Center, John C. Lincoln Health Network, HealthCare Partners, Fortune Magazine, athenahealth, Wolters Kluwer Health, Allscripts, Eclipsys and many more.

Sponsors of the Fall 2007 CCS include Alcatel-Lucent, Allscripts, athenahealth, Avanti Patient Flow Services (TeleTracking Technologies), Business Innovation, iStream Planet, CareData Solutions Corporation, GE Healthcare, Microsoft, NextGen Healthcare, Vcall, Welch Allyn and Wolters Kluwer Health.

Media and Association Partners of the Fall 2007 CCS include Healthcare Informatics, Federal Telemedicine News, Imaging Economics, Medical Imaging Modern Healthcare, Corporate Research Group, FierceHealthcare, FierceHealthIT, ARMA International (Association of Records Managers and Administrators), Technology Executives Club, American Hospital Association Solutions, ADVANCE for Health Information Executives, Health Management Technology, Healthcare IT Transition Group and HIStalk.

About CCS:

The Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology (http://www.collaborativecommunicationssummit.com) is designed to help top-level executives, legislators, physicians, regulators and technologists come to grips with the swirling forces of technology change, policy development and changing business models, giving you unparalleled insight into the forces that shape tomorrow's healthcare information technology markets.

Contact: Chad Reott +1.330.294.0094

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