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Just announced: Our 2019 IT Virtual Summit agenda

June 18, 2019

    Don't miss our biggest event of the year

    Last year, the Health Care IT Advisor program piloted our first ever virtual-only national meeting in response to the changing needs of our members. This new format was able to reach a record number of IT (and non-IT) leaders in a more flexible, convenient, and economical way—and we hope you'll join us again this year!

    Checklist: Get started with digital innovation

    We are excited to announce the 2019 Health Care IT Advisor Virtual Summit agenda. Register for all sessions or just the ones of interest to you.

    At a glance, this year's series:

    • Is a multi-day event with once-a-day sessions between July 30 to August 8 at 3 pm ET;
    • Includes three 60-minute presentations and four 30-minute breakout sessions;
    • Is included in your membership;
    • Doesn't require travel or whole-day absences from work; and
    • Provides a great opportunity to pull your team together for group "watch parties" and discussions; (sessions will be recorded for on-demand viewing).

    Register for the Series

    Sneak peek of our 2019 sessions

    This year's theme reflects a major question circulating the industry right now: How should provider organizations respond to continued pressure to build their business and advance their organization's digital strategy?

    As always, we will kick off the summit with the latest Advisory Board "State of the Union." Here's a sneak peek of our IT-specific 2019 sessions:

    Build your digital front door

    Basic portals and search engine optimization are no longer enough. Modern digital health systems are increasingly rolling out comprehensive digital experiences that support their patients at every step of the health journey. From search, to scheduling, to care delivery, to follow up and support, learn what services patients actually use and how to adapt existing systems and processes to deliver the digital experience patients want. 

    Aug. 1, 3 p.m. ET: Register Now

    Assemble the digital transformation dream team

    Health care IT skills are critical to support the innovative solutions deployed in these transformative times. IT leaders face several new imperatives for success:

    1. Develop a more rigorous, thoughtful approach to staffing and employee engagement;
    2. Respond to the shift toward shared leadership models and democratization of IT;
    3. Become a strategic partner with non-IT leaders;
    4. Embrace new opportunities that arise from new technology; and
    5. Find the capacity to innovate.

    This presentation will provide tactics for IT leaders to cultivate the skills and resources to excel in digital transformation.

    Aug. 6, 3 p.m. ET: Register Now

    30-minute break out sessions

    Natural language processing 101

    Natural language processing (NLP) is a subset of technologies within the artificial intelligence ecosystem that allows computers to analyze, understand, and derive meaning from text and speech similar to humans. Among its various applications, NLP technology can convert clinical notes, patient narratives, academic journals text, radiology and lab interpretations, and other unstructured data into actionable information—whether at the point of decision making or for back-end analytics. This 30-minute presentation will provide an overview of NLP for both IT and non-IT leaders as they plan for the next stage of digital transformation.

    July 31, 3 p.m. ET: Register Now

    Precision Medicine 101

    Precision medicine has the potential to dramatically transform health care delivery. However, as with any major investments, health system leaders need to take a thoughtful approach to implement a precision medicine program. IT leaders in particular are challenged to effectively acquire, share, and use massive new data streams (e.g., genomics, social determinants of health data, patient-reported information) across patient cohorts and partner ecosystems. This 30-minute presentation will provide an introduction to the field of precision medicine, and give some initial strategic steps for IT leaders to prepare for the new era of patient care.

    Aug. 5, 3 p.m. ET: Register Now

    How to negotiate win-win technology contracts

    It is increasingly important to negotiate contracts that align the interests of buyers and vendors to deliver long-term mutual value. In a competitive market, vendors must find new ways to serve provider partners while they deliver strong financial performance. Though contracting is often viewed as a competitive exercise, win-win contracts can lay the foundation for mutually beneficial, long-term relationships. This 30-minute session is intended for anyone with a stake in the technology negotiations and contracting process. We'll present a framework to approach IT contracting and offer best practices and anecdotes to find common ground and cultivate strong buyer-vendor relationships.

    Aug. 7, 3 p.m. ET: Register Now

    EHR optimization: A prescription for clinician burnout

    The EHR has become the "face" of clinician burnout, but it is just one part of the broader clinician wellness picture. Burnout has a clear link to care quality, patient safety, and clinician health and well-being. IT, business, and clinical leaders must approach the problem holistically. This 30-minute presentation will describe the EHR's role in clinician burnout, and offer practical recommendations to address this growing problem.

    Aug. 8, 3 p.m. ET: Register Now

    Not a Health Care IT Advisor member, but interested in learning more? Reach out to the and we can connect you to someone from our team.

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