Deborah Gash Chief Information Officer Saint Luke's Health System to Present Keynote at the Fall Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology

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The Fall Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology announces that Deborah Gash, Chief Information Officer, Saint Luke's Health System will present a Keynote address at the 2008 summit taking place this October 27-29 at the Sofitel Los Angeles.

The Fall Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology announces that Deborah Gash, Chief Information Officer, Saint Luke's Health System will present a Keynote address at the 2008 summit taking place this October 27-29 at the Sofitel Los Angeles. http://www.ccsexpo.com/fallccs.html

Ms. Gash's Keynote will take place Tuesday October 28th, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. in Los Angeles.    

Deborah joined Saint Luke's Health System in 1992. During her tenure at Saint Luke's Health System she has been responsible for physician services for Saint Luke's Medical Group, served as project manager and director of application development in Information Services. She is currently the Vice President and CIO for Saint Luke's Health System. She is responsible for developing and implementing Information Technology (IT) strategies for the health system; updating the necessary standards, infrastructure, and security policies to protect the information assets of Saint Luke's Health System; ensuring quality IT support for the health system; and providing guidance in cost effective clinical and business solutions.

Deborah Gash began her career in health care managing physician offices and patient accounting. In 1989 she relocated to Kansas City and joined Baird, Kurtz and Dobson, CPA as a health care consultant. During this time she conducted operational assessments for hospitals and physician practices and conducted speaking engagements educating health care professionals on compliance and regulatory topics.

"I look forward to collaborating with conference attendees and sharing the experiences at Saint Luke's Health System. I believe these types of collaboration opportunities are critical to overcoming today's healthcare challenges," said Gash.

The Fall Collaborative Communications Summit Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology is geared toward provider, healthcare system, government agency CIOs, CMIOs, CTOs, and VPs of IT. The summit is designed to help top-level executives, legislators, regulators and technologists come to grips with the swirling forces of technology change, policy development and changing business models. The CCS Experience has been designed with feedback by previous attendees and leaders from the healthcare industry addressing the most pressing issues surrounding health information technology.

Alcatel-Lucent and Entisys Solutions are Platinum Sponsors with VeriSign, Welch Allyn and Minerva Advisory Group participating as Gold Sponsors. Other sponsors include Fulcrum Methods, Advanced Data Systems, YouMed, MDdatacor, Fierce Healthcare Markets, Healthcare Financial Management Association, Corporate Research Group, Federal Telemedicine News, and Healthcare Informatics.

About CCS:
The Collaborative Communications Summit: Transforming Health Care through Health Information Technology is designed to help top-level executives, legislators, physicians, payers, 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. The CCS HIT provides attendees with an intimate, high level forum that facilitates open avenues of communication amongst executives and stakeholders in healthcare fostering the growth and adoption of HIT resulting in safer, more efficient and cost effective healthcare. Each summit brings together over 150 senior level executives. Attendees will walk away with timely and actionable information that can be immediately implemented in their respective organizations. http://www.collaborativecommunicationssummit.com

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