At the HIMSS15, peer-reviewed educational sessions occur in both Pre-Conference and General Education programs. In the pre-conference education program, we are pleased to offer 10 symposia and 2 workshops. And for general education programming, we offer 16 concurrent sessions across a total of 15 timeslots that address 22 different topic categories.
With almost 500 speakers across our peer-reviewed educational offerings, we are pleased to welcome nearly 100 physicians to our faculty. Our topics address either high touch or personal aspects of health IT, while also focusing on the high tech or technology of health IT.
Examples abound in our HIMSS15 educational lineup. For example, the Physician IT Symposium is focused on The Journey from Data to Transforming Health.
- In the symposium’s opening keynote, Diverse Roles of Physicians in Health IT, speaker and HIMSS Board of Directors’ member Michael Zaroukian, MD, PhD addresses a magnitude of issues, like championing and advancing EHR usability; appreciating and using health IT as an enabler in detecting patient safety issues; and advancing care in a technologically connected world.
- In Session PHY5, The Impact of Medical Mobile Technologies: An Interactive Discussion, Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA and other panelists share their experiences with these technologies surrounding the benefits of leveraging telemedicine to connect with patients; the positive impact that smartphones and other mobile devices are having on health literacy; and the medical implications of incorporating data into an EHR from consumer devices that are not FDA-approved.
Beyond the Physician IT Symposium, physician faculty present topics that address both the high tech and the high touch of health IT in the
In fact, at least one physician faculty member (and multiple ones in many cases) can be found in 9 out of the 10 symposia offered at HIMSS15.
In the General Education program, sessions addressing the high tech and high touch of health IT are plentiful as well.
- In Session 13, Managing Population Health with Science, Analytics, and QI, Charles Macias, MD, MPH discusses one pediatric facility’s journey to build a clinical and data analytic framework for population health management across venues of care within a healthcare enterprise.
- In Session 34, Rishi Sikka, MD discusses the topic of Data Enabled Strategic Resource Planning in ACOs; she stresses as well that it become imperative for organizations to reallocate human and capital resources, ensuring efficient and effective care for an entire patient population.
- In Session 53, Safer Medication Ordering Using Big Data, Jonathan Bickel, MD, MS discusses advanced techniques, drawing on healthcare data warehousing experience and analysis expertise used to identify previously unknown risks, explore potential interventions, and measure their effectiveness when ordering medication.
- In Session 73, Staying Connected with Patient Generated Health Data, Philip Marshall, MD, MPH and Danny Sands, MD, MPH, FACP present an up-to-date review of the promise and the reality of using digital communication to stay connected with patients through the collection and analysis of patient-generated health data.
- And in Session 138, How a Physician Practice ‘Triple-Aimed’ to Reduce Variation, Scott Hines, MD and Jonathan Nasser, MD discuss the how variation reduction aims to standardize care and eliminate waste by using data and technology to engage physicians to develop best practice guidelines and share their personal practice patterns.
From an Exhibition perspective,
- in the Disaster Preparedness Knowledge Center, Session KC66, The Next Disaster: Are You Prepared?, Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD will summarize lessons learned from a major explosion (the Boston Marathon bombing) and from an acute epidemic (the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone). He will provide insights into what you can do to prepare for an immediate response when a crisis occurs.
In the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite,
- Session VS15, Driving Value from Clinical Data: The Next Frontier in HIT Value, Michael Zalis, MD speaks on three areas: reduction in medical errors, increased use of evidence-based guidelines, and improved quality measures reporting.
And in the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ in collaboration with IHE,
- Session IS2, Ten Years of Medication Reconciliation Insanity: It’s Time to Do Something Different, Dewey Howell, MD, PhD discusses why it’s time to do something different in this critical area.
Many other physicians will also present in exhibitor’s booths throughout the Exhibition.
And from a Networking perspective, physicians can be found throughout the many opportunities that HIMSS provides for attendees. For example,
- William Hirsch, MD, FACP, FACMI, will receive the Physician IT Leadership Award 2014 at the HIMSS Awards Gala.
At the HIMSS Block Party, modeled after the many neighborhoods of Chicago, all HIMSS committees, communities, task forces, and other volunteer groups will come together to celebrate. Be sure to attend this event where you can speak with physician leaders and others in a very casual and fun environment.
HIMSS is highly appreciative of the many HIMSS15 physician faculty who are sharing their time, talents, and expertise with our audience. So thank you and enjoy the conference!