Indiana Health Information Exchange CEO and Association of American Medical Colleges CEO Present Keynotes at Spring Collaborative Communications Summit

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The Spring Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Healthcare through Health Information Technology will take place May 5-7, 2008, at the Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. (http://www.collaborativecommunicationssummit.com) Keynote presentations from two of the most familiar and respected names in the healthcare industry highlight the Spring CCS HIT. Their respective presentations will discuss the challenge of culture change that healthcare faces because of new technologies; as well as various approaches that will allow healthcare systems to achieve greater success once they are able to over come culture change and perform HIT integration.

The Spring Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Healthcare through Health Information Technology will take place May 5-7, 2008, at the Mandarin Oriental Washington D.C. (http://www.collaborativecommunicationssummit.com)

Keynote presentations from two of the most familiar and respected names in the healthcare industry highlight the Spring CCS HIT. Their respective presentations will discuss the challenge of culture change that healthcare faces because of new technologies; as well as various approaches that will allow healthcare systems to achieve greater success once they are able to over come culture change and perform HIT integration.

Darrell G. Kirch, MD, the President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), will provide the opening keynote address for the Spring 2008 CCS HIT. Dr. Kirch's presentation, entitled The Challenge of Culture Change Meets the Promise of Technology, will take place Monday, May 5th at 9:15 a.m.

"Unleashing the power of IT depends in no small part on health care's ability to change its culture and work collaboratively," said Dr. Kirch. "This conference provides an important opportunity for the type of multi-disciplinary discussion and exchange necessary to bring about such transformational change."

Dr. J. Marc Overhage, President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange and Director of Medical Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. will provide the opening keynote for day two of the Summit. His presentation, Take Control of HIE: Leveraging HIT and Clinical Data to Achieve Quality Healthcare, will be at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 6th.

Dr. Overhage's keynote discussion will address collaborative approaches that will enable your healthcare system to achieve better quality care and improvement through HIT integration. Delegates will walk away with valuable insights as to the benefits providers and payors are reaping from health information exchange.

"Improving quality of care requires the cooperation of the entire healthcare continuum, and practical solutions that impact each stakeholder," said Dr. Overhage. "Gatherings such as this summit bring key stakeholders together to learn and share real-world success stories that attendees can learn from to help them navigate the changing healthcare technology landscape."

The theme for the sixth edition of the Collaborative Communications Summit (CCS) is 'HIT 2008: Achieving the High Performance Health Care System'. This year's spring summit will bring together some of the nations most influential and forward thinking healthcare leaders addressing HIT and where we're headed.

Alcatel-Lucent and AT&T are Platinum Sponsors of the Spring 2008 CCS HIT.

GE Healthcare is a Gold Sponsor of the Spring 2008 CCS HIT.

Other Sponsors of the Spring 2008 CCS HIT include Business Innovation, CareData Solutions Corporation, MDdatacor, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Welch Allyn and Wolters Kluwer Health.

Media and Association Partners of the Spring 2008 CCS HIT include AHA Solutions, ARMA International (Association of Records Managers and Administrators), Cambridge Healthtech Media Group, Federal Telemedicine News, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT Transition Group, Health Management Technology, Modern Healthcare and Technology Executives Club.

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
chad @ michaelbass.com
+1.330.294.0094

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