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Symposium To Explore Information Technology's Impact on Improving Quality, Cost Effectiveness of Healthcare

MILWAUKEE-Advances in information technology are outstripping the development of new drugs as science's most significant contribution to treating and preventing disease. Today, information networks are making it possible to detect outbreaks of infectious diseases earlier, and advances in genetic profiling are enabling doctors to identify patients at risk for life-threatening diseases. A flagship one-day symposium, "From Fail and Fix to Predict and Prevent - The Evolving Information Age of Healthcare" will explore this emerging frontier of health care and its impact on the efficiency, effectiveness and cost of healthcare. Produced by Wisconsin Technology Network, in conjunction with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the symposium will be hosted Friday, November 7th beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, 8701 W. Watertown Plank Road.

The event includes sessions focused on six of the most crucial and evolving applications of information technology: personalized medicine, geriatric care, patient information systems, clinical imaging, "smart" healthcare devices, and healthcare information networking. These sessions will be led by healthcare information technology pioneers including the CEO of GE Medical-IT, Dow Wilson, and the Director of Information based Medicine for IBM, Ruth Taylor.

"Information technology is already impacting the delivery of healthcare in this country," said Dr. William Hendee, Senior Associate Dean and Vice Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, of the Medical College of Wisconsin. "We are now faced with the challenge of reorganizing our delivery systems and changing our culture to more fully realize its capability to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. The Medical College of Wisconsin has taken a leadership role in the development of healthcare IT, and we are pleased to host this event to explore these important issues."

"The Wisconsin Technology Network has selected Wisconsin's Health technology Industry as the focus of its first full day conference, where statewide thought leaders will provide a look into technology breakthroughs in the healthcare information system," said Mike Klein, Wisconsin Technology Network ( "This conference is line with our mission to connect the people, technology and ideas that will help our states residents live healthier more productive lives in a more cost efficient health care system."

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