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14th annual LTC HIT summit heating up

Organizers have put out the early call to make reservations for the 14th annual Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit, which will be held June 24-26 in the nation’s capital.

Health IT summit on tap for long-term and post-acute care providers

Information technology experts and interested stakeholders throughout long-term care and post-acute care fields will be gathering Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore for their annual IT Summit in Baltimore. The LTPAC Health IT Summit will feature policy makers, standards development organizations, vendors and grant leaders, in addition to providers. Continuing education credit will be available as they explore top issues pertaining to a national healthcare strategy.

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EHR problems are “worse than we know,” a new report from the ECRI Institute contends. Transitioning from paper to electronic health records is creating problems, and “we’re only now beginning to understand the extent,” says ECRI’s Karen Zimmer. “Mistakes are bound to go unnoticed for months or even years.” The ECRI report documented 171 health IT problems that caused or could have caused patient harm.

Accountable care organizations in focus as Health IT Summit opens Wednesday

The Seattle IHT2 Health IT Summit, now in its seventh year, will focus on defining meaningful use as participants convene on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The opening keynote will be on the “State of the Health Care IT Union” by Advisory Board Executive Director David Garets. Other sessions will cover accountable care organizations, security and privacy in health IT, and telehealth applications. The summit will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Future summits will be held in 2012 in New York City in September; Beverly Hills, CA in November; and Austin, TX, in December.

IT ‘roadmap’ points to care coordination, HIT adoption

Forging partnerships and adopting health information technology are critical to the survival of long-term care providers, new guidelines recommend. Released this week at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health Information Technology Summit in Baltimore, the “Roadmap for Health Information Technology (HIT) In Long-Term and Post-Acute Care” identifies five key areas providers should focus on over the next two years. These priorities include: care coordination with hospitals and primary care providers; devising coordinated quality measurement and improvement activities; viewing healthcare information technology as business imperative; accelerating adoption of culture change strategies; and boosting educational efforts to keep LTC workers up with new technology.

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