21 Apr UW symposium to explore impact of IT on improving quality, safety and cost of healthcare
MADISON – Advances in the development of healthcare information systems are helping to define 21st century electronic healthcare. Although the technology exists, organizations often struggle with the transition from error prone paper-based systems to a more efficient and safer digital healthcare network.
A flagship one-day symposium, “Leveraging Information Technology to Improve Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare” will be presented as part of the Digital Healthcare Conference, presented by UW Health, the University of Wisconsin – Madison Medical School, College of Engineering and School of Nursing. Produced by the Wisconsin Technology Network, the symposium will be hosted Wednesday, June 23 beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, in Madison, 601 University Avenue.
“When information technology is properly deployed following intelligent, clinically relevant workflow, medical errors are reduced and patient safety increases. This also creates a better and more rewarding working environment for the clinical staff, says Dr. Barry Chaiken, Conference Chairperson and Chief Medical Officer, for the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
The event includes sessions focused on the most critical topics surrounding the deployment of healthcare information systems. Attendees will explore the impact of information technology on patient safety and quality care, the efforts necessary to build effective healthcare IT networks at the local, state and national level and the legal obstacles to information access.
The sessions will be led by leaders in the fields of healthcare delivery, information technology, and law to stimulate discussions on how information technology can be better leveraged to improve quality, patient safety and reduce costs. Featured speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, President and CEO, UW Medical Foundation, Dr. William A. Yasnoff, Senior Advisor, National Healthcare information Initiative, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dennis Dassenko, CIO, UW Hospital & Clinics and Dr. Carl Weigle, Medical Director of IS, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
“Information technology is already impacting the delivery of healthcare in this country,” said Dr. Jeffrey Grossman, President and CEO University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs – UW Medical School. “The Digital Healthcare Conference will provide healthcare executives, clinicians, and IT professionals with a forum to discuss the challenges and imperatives we must embrace to harness the potential of healthcare information technology for the benefit of all patients.”
Founding sponsors include Mason Wells, Wisconsin Technology Network, Network 222, and MG&E.
The conference is open to the public. Cost is $249. For more information contact Mike Klein, Wisconsin Technology Network. 608-310-6018. The agenda, registration and sponsorship information can be found at wistechnology.com/dhc.htm.