Opening Keynote: Health IT, Health Policy

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Sunday, March 14, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Dr. David Blumenthal, national coordinator for Health IT, has had a busy year, primarily working with other governmental agencies to help implement provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 that deal with defining and funding the adoption of EHRs. In December, he announced the long-awaited interim definition of “meaningful use,” which describes who is eligible for stimulus dollars, as well as the necessary functions of the EHR for a facility or practice to be considered eligible by CMS for funding.

On Sunday at ACC.10, Blumenthal will deliver the keynote address. He will focus on federal health IT policy and standards. Many providers have expressed concern and confusion over provisions of the ARRA and of meaningful use. If you’re one of them, this lecture is a must. Blumenthal is essentially ground zero when it comes to EHRs. If he doesn’t address your concerns during the formal lecture, approach him afterward and pose your questions to him.

Following Blumenthal, Dr. Michael F. O'Toole, an electrophysiologist at Edward Hospital & Health Services in Naperville, Ill., will discuss “Cardiovascular Use of Health Information Technology.” This topic is key for cardiologists and cardiology practices to integrate their data and performance measures into the enterprise-wide EHR.

Finally, ACC President Dr. Alfred Bove, chief of cardiology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, will discuss the use of health IT technology as a driver for improved quality. Bove’s mantra as ACC president has been “It’s the Year of the Patient” and this lecture is an extension of all the work he’s done in the last 12 months to improve patient cardiac care. In fact, Bove organized a special CardioSmart Atlanta Health Fair to take place at ACC.10 on Saturday, March 13. Area residents can be screened to detect problems with blood pressure, cholesterol or weight, and they can take in patient-specific lectures from cardiologists.

Location: Room B405

Speaker Information:

David Blumenthal, MD, Washington, D.C.
Michael F. O'Toole, MD, Naperville, Ill.
Alfred Bove, MD, Philadelphia