National Patient Safety Foundation Program to Focus on the Leader’s Role in Advancing Health Information Technology

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National HIT Experts to present at NPSF Patient Safety Congress Leadership Forum

The opportunity to hear national leaders share their vision and practical insights for safe, effective, compliant, and efficient health IT implementation will be uniquely valuable to health care executives.

The National Patient Safety Foundation has lined up an all-star panel to present a full-day program for health care leaders in advance of the 15th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress. The Leader’s Role in Making Meaningful Use…Meaningful takes place on Wednesday, May 8, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, LA.

The HiTech Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, has been called “transformative public policy” for its impact on driving health care systems to implement and advance health information technology. According to a recent article, more than three-quarters of the 5,011 eligible hospitals have successfully attested to meaningful use of electronic health records as of February 2013.

This accelerated pace of health IT implementation has been challenging to providers as well as to health care executives, who are responsible for leading safe, effective, compliant, and efficient efforts into technology. Yet in a recent survey conducted by the Health Information Management Systems Society, 80% of respondents indicated that “information provided through health information technology in their organizations helped clinicians process data and improved access to information needed to provide safe patient care”.

At this leadership forum, faculty will summarize the current state of HIT deployment and how achieving meaningful use is improving outcomes and efficiency; discuss potential unintended consequences of HIT and strategies for mitigation; identify key leadership responsibilities and actions to ensure safe and effective HIT; and outline strategies to prepare leaders for emerging applications of technology to support care coordination, population health, and patient engagement.

The session will be facilitated by Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, FACP, FACME. Dr. Perlin is president, Clinical Services, and chief medical officer, Hospital Corporation of America, and chair of the Health IT Standards Committee, a federal advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. He is also a member of the NPSF Board of Directors.

“After 15 successful years, the learning and networking opportunities of NPSF’s annual Patient Safety Congress make this a ‘don’t miss’ event,” said Dr. Perlin. “The opportunity to hear national leaders share their vision and practical insights for safe, effective, compliant, and efficient health IT implementation will be uniquely valuable to health care executives.”

The session will open with a keynote address by Paul Tang, MD, MS, vice president, chief innovation and technology officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and vice chair of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a federal advisory committee.

Also on the faculty for this program:

  • Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Director, Galloway Consulting
  • Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, Commissioner of Health at City of New Orleans
  • Terhilda Garrido, VP, HIT Transformation and Analytics, Kaiser Permanente
  • Leslie Kelly Hall, Chair, National eHealth Collaborative
  • Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Vanderbilt University; Chair, NPSF Board of Directors
  • Ronni Solomon, JD, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, ECRI Institute
  • Karen P. Zimmer, MD, MPH, FAAP, Medical Director, ECRI Institute PSO, Medical Director, Patient Safety, Quality, and Risk Group

For more information or to register for this program, visit

About National Patient Safety Foundation
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997–to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach in all that it does. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To learn more about the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation, please visit

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