Campus Hosts Health IT Breakfast Forum
On January 26, the campus hosted a Health IT Breakfast Forum titled “Medical Records – Focusing on Standards and Company Implementation.” The forum was the second in a four-part series that is being sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Tech Council of Maryland.
The organizations co-created this series because all three of them recognize the importance of Health IT in fixing our nation’s major medical dilemmas, as well as the importance of the industry to our County’s economy.
“In Health IT, collaboration is critical,” said Gigi Godwin, President & CEO, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. “Innovations in Health IT often mean the difference between life and death. We must innovate together to meet our most difficult medical challenges.”
The event, which drew more than 100 attendees, was well-received.
“We were pleased to hear such great feedback about the speakers,” said Janis Pitts, Director, Life Sciences Strategy, Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. “I especially enjoyed. Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, who was not only knowledgeable, but also funny!”
Sharfstein, Secretary, Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, was the morning’s keynote. During his presentation, he discussed what he called Maryland’s Health Care Puzzles, focusing on four issues – access, outcomes, private cost, and public cost – in relation to Health IT. He also shared some startling statistics such as:
- 733,000 Marylanders were uninsured for the entire year of 2010 (U.S. Census Bureau)
- State rankings: Education System: 1st; Per Capita Income: 4th; Overall Health: 21st; Infant Mortality: 41st; and Infectious Disease: LAST
Not one to merely present problems, Sharfstein also talked about “assembling the solution,” which he identified as being composed of four areas: insurance & coverage, public health, delivery reform, and Medicaid reform. He discussed reform measures such as not allowing insurance companies to exclude pre-existing conditions and expanding Medicaid, again tying many of the solutions back to the possibilities presented by Health IT advances.
Other presenters included Art Jacoby, Managing Partner, Maryland Cyber Investment Partners; Chuck Kramer, Vice President of Health Systems for GlobalNet Services, Inc.; Daniel Wilt, Program Manager, Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients (CRISP); and Christophe Roturier, Director, Sales and Business Development, Voluntis.
The next Health IT Breakfast Forum, titled “Technology for Patient Care,” will be on March 27 and feature a panel discussion moderated by Richard Singerman, Ph.D., Professional Faculty, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and Chief Innovation Officer & CoFounder, TrustNetMD. Panelists will include David Brennan, Director of Telehealth Initiatives for MedStar Institute for Innovation; Susan Glover, Senior Vice President, Chief Quality and Integrity Officer, Adventist HealthCare; and Chris Timbers, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Suburban Hospital. The program will highlight the evolving technology for improving and managing patient care.