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Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:50 CDT
Category: General Health

Technology to Transform

The 10th annual Iowa eHealth Summit will be held at the West Des Moines Marriott June 24 and 25. More than 200 people are expected to attend the event, which is led by Telligen and co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa eHealth program and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise. The conference will highlight efforts to incorporate health information technology as a tool to transform health care.

The keynotes on Day 1 focus on Patient Engagement, Practice Transformation, and Health Information Exchange. Breakout sessions will include topics such as quality improvement, data privacy and security, and ‘meaningful use.’ A panel discussion on Day 2 will highlight regional health information exchange efforts and health IT leadership perspectives from Iowa health systems.

Most Iowa practices and hospitals are now using electronic health records. With this foundation, the next challenge is to use the systems to transform care for better health outcomes, better patient experiences and lower costs.

Iowa’s Health Information Network (IHIN) is a crucial component of health care transformation. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Henry County Health System are now using the Iowa Health Information Network’s (IHIN) Patient Look-Up functionality. Several other hospital systems, including Mercy Health Network - CHE Trinity, Unity Point, Decatur County Hospital, and Burgess Health Center have completed technical testing and are working to go live soon with Patient Look-Up. Broadlawns Medical Center has finished testing and is preparing to move in to production. Genesis Health Systems is working to complete technical testing. Additionally, 484 clinics and hospital locations across the state are at various stages of connecting to the IHIN, with 1000 active users on the IHIN’s Clinical Portal using Direct Secure Messaging.

For more information or to register for the Iowa eHealth Summit, visit

Contact Information: Polly Carver-Kimm at (515) 281-6693

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