Proponents have argued that the full utilization of electronic health records will serve to improve patient care, increase patient safety, and simplify compliance and regulation of the US healthcare system and save money. All this may occur if the roadblocks to success are identified and appropriately handled. Does the science bear this out? The federal government is injecting billions of dollars into this experiment with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).
The final event in the Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series for this academic year, will be held on Friday, May 13, in Indianapolis, and will bring experts from industry and the regulatory environment together to discuss the use of electronic health records to improve patient care, increase safety, streamline compliance and regulation as well as decreasing the cost of health care. The day-long conference will examine the ramifications and opportunities associated with electronic health records and Indiana’s opportunity to influence their use on a nationwide basis.
The May 13 event will take place 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Walther Hall Auditorium at the IU School of Medicine, 980 W. Walnut St., in Indianapolis. Robert M. Kolodner, M.D., executive vice president and chief health informatics officer at Open Health Tools Inc. and former national health information technology coordinator at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker. Charles D. Kennedy, M.D., vice president of health information technology at Wellpoint, will speak at lunch. Confernence cost is $90.
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