The Oregon and Washington Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) today announced registration is now open for the Inaugural NW HIMSS Technology Conference to take place at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon on Monday, November 14 – 1 pm – 7pm; Tuesday November 15 – 7am – 1pm
With the theme of “Connected Communities of Care,” the conference’s goal is to educate attendees to learn how technology is advancing the healthcare reform movement toward accountability across the public, private, provider, payer, and patient communities, and will bring together health professionals to share their experiences, ideas, plans and breakthrough technologies.
“The Pacific Northwest is home to many of the world leaders in both technology development and use,” said Ernest Hood, Senior Research Director at The Advisory Board Company and Washington HIMSS Chapter President. “This is a rare chance for us North-Westerners to see the latest health care technology on display in one place close to home!”
Keynote speakers at the conference will include Jack Friedman, Chief Executive Officer, Providence Health Plans who will kick off the conference by giving the audience a keynote on an Insurance company leader’s perspective on health care.
Brian DeVore Director of Industry Affairs from Intel Corporation will be giving a presentation discussing Intel’s use of an employer-designed Medical Neighborhood which is helping to drive improved care and lower community costs in Oregon.
Dr. Alan Bates, Oregon State Senator and Practicing Physician will round out the keynote line-up with an overview of Oregon’s Health Insurance Exchange, which provides apples to apples comparison of health plans, portability to consumers and leverages group rates for small businesses.
“This is the first time the Oregon and Washington HIMSS chapters have come together for a joint conference,” said Tom Finnerty, Senior Healthcare Account Manager and Oregon HIMSS President. “This is a great time to meet and interact with our neighboring state’s health professionals.”
This conference also gives you the chance to hear from business, clinical and technology experts about the current state and future road map of delivering health care in the Northwest. Breakout sessions focusing on Clinical/Quality, Technology and Business healthcare topics will also be offered, giving attendees a deeper look into new trends in Health IT.
Registration for the conference is $125 for HIMSS members, $175 for non-members, and $50 for students. For more information, visit nwhimssconference.com/index.html.
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About HIMSS Oregon
The Oregon Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (himss-oregon.org) is a professional organization dedicated to the development of healthcare information technology professionals throughout the state Oregon and southwest Washington. Our mission is to bring healthcare professionals together with their clinical and business partners in educational settings to explore issues of common concern, network with peers, and grow professionally by sharing knowledge and experience and by learning about new tools, methods and technologies.
About HIMSS Washington
The Washington Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (himsswa.org) is focused on providing leadership in healthcare for the management of systems, technology and information. The Chapter promotes an organized forum for continuing education and exchange of ideas amongst its members to improve healthcare information and management systems that support patient care and wellness.
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.