Healthcare Leaders Converge in Atlanta for 7th Annual Health IT Leadership Summit

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Andy Slavitt of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Corey Wiegert of IBM Watson Health to be Keynote Speakers

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“Community and clinician engagement through events like the Health IT Leadership Summit are a priority for CMS as they help facilitate both collaboration and education,” Slavitt said.

Healthcare leaders from across Georgia will discuss healthcare innovation and the impact of new federal healthcare regulations at the 7th annual Health IT Leadership Summit, to be held Wed., Dec. 7 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta.

Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be the morning keynote speaker at the summit, which brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovations that enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people.

As acting administrator, Slavitt oversees programs that provide access to quality health care for 140 million Americans, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Slavitt and the CMS team are focused on improving quality, health outcomes, access and affordability while addressing health equity and protecting program integrity, including combating health care fraud.

Slavitt will kick off the morning program with a legislative update and discussions around the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), establishing new ways to pay physicians for Medicare beneficiaries.

“Community and clinician engagement through events like the Health IT Leadership Summit are a priority for CMS as they help facilitate both collaboration and education,” Slavitt said. “We look forward discussing the MACRA Final Rule with the thought leaders in attendance on December 7th.”

Tim Gronniger, deputy chief of staff, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will join Slavitt in a MACRA update.

In the afternoon, Cory Wiegert, VP, Offering Management of IBM Watson Health, will address “New Insights to the Healthcare Ecosystem: Driving Value Around the End Consumer.”

Wiegert is the Offering Management executive for the Value Based Care portfolio of products in IBM’s Watson Health business unit. In this role, he is responsible for product strategy, design and delivery of the offerings focused on solutions which help healthcare organizations with their transformation to a focus on quality and outcome based delivery. With over 20 years of success product management experience in enterprise software and analytics applications, he brings a unique perspective on how technology which transformed other industries can be applied to accelerate the transformation in healthcare.

The Health IT Leadership Summit was created in 2010 by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED), the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society (TAG Health).

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Institute for Healthcare Information Technology (IHIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare through the advancement of technology and education in Georgia.

Many local healthcare providers, technology companies and educational organizations are involved in sponsoring this year’s Summit. Among them is the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC).

"ATDC is proud to be a sponsor of this year's Health IT Leadership Summit to help showcase what our companies and others in the sector are doing to advance and improve the quality of healthcare," said Jane McCracken, ATDC’s healthcare catalyst. "As Georgia's technology incubator, ATDC works with entrepreneurs to help them learn, launch, scale, and succeed. The companies in our ATDC Signature and ATDC Accelerate portfolios span a broad range of technologies including healthcare IT, biotech, medical device, and diagnostics companies."

About the Health IT Leadership Summit

Now in its 7th year, the Summit brings together leaders from across the healthcare continuum to discuss how the industry can drive innovation to enable better healthcare delivery at lower costs to more people. Supported by a founding partnership that includes the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Technology Association of Georgia’s Health Society, the event will offer attendees a full day of informational sessions, innovative exhibits and networking opportunities centered around the theme of “Connecting Healthcare…Making IT Work for You.” Key presentation topics will focus on interoperability, IT security, clinical applications and funding. To learn more about this year’s Summit — including information regarding sponsorship and registration, visit http://healthitleadershipsummit.com/. Follow us on Twitter @HealthITSummit.

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