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HITSE Provides CIO Insight on Meaningful Use


What are five reasons to attend the Healthcare IT Solutions Exchange (HITSE) 2011 Conference, on October 19, at the Hilton in Dedham, Mass.?

Answer: prominent speakers, vendor solutions sessions, CIO Forum, face-to-face collaboration with peers and idea exchange.

What is HITSE? This annual event brings together hospital information system users to discuss the selection, planning, implementation and support of healthcare IT solutions. Why should you care? As you know, Meaningful Use is a hot topic across healthcare IT, and that is what HITSE’s theme will be:  “Meaningful Use: Staging for Achievement.”

There will be more than 20 sessions to check out throughout the day. Here are just a few:

In the morning, Dr. John Halamka, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, will be presenting “Beyond Meaningful Use.” Meaningful Use Stage 1 is providing hospitals and eligible professionals with goals that improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care. Stage 2 provides significant additional health information exchange, patient engagement and quality metrics. What’s next?  

Dr. Michael Blackman, vice president of Medical Affairs for McKesson’s Paragon Business Unit, will be presenting “What’s Old is New Again: Physician Adoption ion the Era of Meaningful Use.” As we know, physicians are still working through the American and Reinvestment Act’s HITECH Meaningful Use provisions. Dr. Blackman will discuss tips on how to make it easier for physicians to transition to meaningful use with healthcare professionals.

After the morning break, Anthony Guerra, founder of, will be presenting “How CIOs are Dealing with HITECH/Meaningful Use Mandates.” If you want to learn more about qualifying for Meaningful Use, transitioning to ICD-10, complying with evolving accountable care organization (ACO) requirements…all recent pressures on healthcare executives, this is the session for you.

What would a healthcare IT conference be without some discussions around Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? Dr. Karen Bell, chair of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) will be presenting, “EACH: Overcoming Barriers to Certifying Installed EHR Technology.” What are the hurdles in meeting the EHR certification requirements around Meaningful Use? Dr. Bell will describe the EACH™ program, designed by CCHIT, an EHR alternative certification for healthcare providers to effectively certify self-developed systems.

At the end of the day, be sure check out the CIO Forum, a panel of CIOs discussing what is and what is not working in their efforts to meet Meaningful Use objectives. This is an opportunity to interact with the panel and other members of the audience, discuss issues, ask questions and get a recap of the earlier sessions.

Still deciding if you should attend? If you are a part of the healthcare IT ecosystem, you should.  HITSE is aimed toward CIOs, IT managers, department managers, IT staff, consultants and vendors.

Schwartz MSL clients who attended this conference last year were positive about the conference, noting that users and vendors work together. They liked that the conference was uniquely set up to allow vendors and hospitals to discuss the selection, planning, implementation and support of healthcare IT solutions. The partnering atmosphere allowed vendors to learn more about the challenges facing hospitals. At the same time, hospital executives could learn more about the development of solutions and tools to meet those challenges.

If you haven’t registered to attend yet, you still have time. Registration is currently open, and at an affordable rate.

If you are interested in getting more involved with healthcare IT conferences, contact Doug Russell, our Healthcare IT Practice Leader at 781-684-0770 or

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Davida Dinerman

Davida Dinerman

Account Director at MSLGROUP

A member of MSLGROUP since 1996, Davida has been entrenched in the agency’s healthcare IT and tech practice groups. She earned her MBA from Babson College and her BA degree from Dartmouth College.

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