Central Illinois Electronic Health Records Summit Coming in April; Medical Conference Offered In Three Central Illinois Locations

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The Central Illinois Electronic Health Records Summit will be offered at three different locations in central Illinois in mid-April. The conference will help healthcare professionals learn how to access economic stimulus funds to implement electronic health record systems in their medical practice. The summit is jointly sponsored by Quality Quest for Health of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and is free to attendees.

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Central Illinois EHR/HIE Summit: Modernizing Communication to Improve Patient Care

Quality Quest for Health of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria are jointly sponsoring a conference on electronic health records entitled, “Central Illinois EHR/HIE Summit: Modernizing Communication to Improve Patient Care” on three separate dates in mid-April from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The half-day conference will be held:

  •     April 20 – I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign
  •     April 21 – Embassy Suites Riverfront Conference Center, East Peoria
  •     April 22 – Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Normal

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), passed in February 2009, established substantial investments in health information technology. These investments are aimed at using technology to spur advances in healthcare quality, but many practitioners have questioned, “Is this too much, too fast?” The Central Illinois EHR/HIE Summit will focus on:

  •     how the coming changes can impact patient care;
  •     what physicians will need to do in order to access stimulus dollars; and
  •     where support is being provided throughout the transition to electronic health records and health information exchange.

Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, allied health professionals, administrators, practice managers, and business/community leaders are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to attend the conference and a complimentary breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is required – either online at http://www.qualityquest.org or by phone at 1-800-977-9670. For more information, please call 309-202-1599.

The University of Illinois (UIC) College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

The medical conference agenda includes:

7:30 a.m.:
Breakfast

8:00 a.m.:
Welcome

8:05 a.m.:
Agenda Review
Joy Duling
Quality Quest for Health of Illinois

8:15 a.m.:
The National Landscape of Healthcare IT
Laura Kolkman
Mosaica Partners

9:15 a.m.:
The Illinois Story – Office of Information Technology,
Regional Extension Centers, Health Information Exchange
Dr. Gail Amundson
Quality Quest for Health of Illinois
and
Representatives from the
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

10:00 a.m.:
BREAK

10:10 a.m.:
Meaningful Use – Practice Readiness
Deb Bass    
Bass & Associates

11:10 a.m.:
Results of Physician HIE Focus Groups & Survey
Joy Duling

11:45 a.m.:
Wrap Up/Next Steps
Dr. Gail Amundson

About Quality Quest for Health of Illinois

Quality Quest for Health of Illinois is a healthcare collaborative working together to transform healthcare in our state. We bring physicians, hospitals, health plans, employers, patients and families together to focus on creating healthier communities with better patient outcomes. We collect data and report performance information to the medical community and the public. The information helps providers compare their performance to peers and regional/national benchmarks and to improve patient care. Learn more at http://www.qualityquest.org.

About the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria was founded in 1970 and since that time has graduated more than 1,500 medical students and 1,700 residents, many who provide care right in central Illinois. In addition to medical education, the College focuses on resident education, patient care, research, and community service. For more information, visit http://www.peoria.medicine.uic.edu.

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