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The North Carolina chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society held their annual conference on April 20 & 21 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown Hotel in Raleigh, NC. This year’s event focused on Patient Engagement and provided an opportunity for more than 250 attendees representing healthcare delivery organizations from across the southeast to come together to learn the latest and best practices in healthcare IT.
“Moving, Motivating, Inspiring” was one attendee’s review of UNC’s Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s keynote presentation, “Winning the Biggest Game of Her Life”. Speaking from her heart, Coach Hatchell shared her story of surviving Leukemia and issued a challenge to all who serve in healthcare, encouraging the audience to serve with the right “Attitude” to continue to make a difference in the lives of our patients and friends.
Jennifer Maddocks, PT, WCS, MMCi, Service Line Owner of Patient Engagement at Duke Health Technology Solutions (DHTS), relayed how Duke is pursuing a higher level of patient activation and engagement to continue to foster and improve excellent care and overall health for patients.
Jill A. Ohar, MD, FCCP, Professor of Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and James F. Donohue, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shared a physician’s perspective on patient engagement and how technology impacts their world and the way they deliver care to their patients. The message was clear: while technology overall improved care and helped to involve patients in their care, there remains lots of opportunities for innovation and improvement.
In addition to the plenary sessions, the two-day event included educational sessions on pertinent healthcare technology. Topics covered ranged from Cybersecurity to Population Health, to Telehealth, to Interoperability and Bridging the Gap with a Patient-Centric Approach to FHIR.
To enhance the formal education, 30 companies sponsored the NC HIMSS chapter and displayed their latest products and services. For fun, the group had a special guest visit from Elvis who provided entertainment as part of the Casino Night Networking Reception.
“Thanks to our attendees over the past several years NC HIMSS has grown in participation, range of content, and networking opportunities”, said Sulaiman Sulaiman, NC HIMSS president. “We continue to work to serve and advance the Healthcare IT industry throughout the state of North Carolina.” Leigh Anne Carter, an attendee for the past several years indicated, “This was, by far, the best NC HIMSS event that I’ve been to. The keynotes, session presentations, exhibit space, food service and casino night were all top notch!”
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