Health and Family Services Cabinet
e-Health Summit to Draw Leaders in Health Care, Business
Governor Fletcher Will Deliver Address About Future of e-Health in Kentucky
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Kentucky e-Health Network Board will sponsor the state’s first e-Health Summit in January to unite various stakeholders in health care, public health, business, academia, technology and policy communities.
The summit, set for Jan. 19, at the Louisville Marriott downtown, will provide an opportunity to discuss the progress, opportunities and challenges facing Kentucky as the state works to develop and implement e-Health, a computerized medical information network to improve patient privacy, reduce medical errors, lower administrative costs and help make electronic medical records available to more Kentuckians.
Governor Ernie Fletcher will be a featured speaker at the event.
“Kentucky has made advances in recent years toward improving the health status of our state and leaders continue to address challenges,” said Governor Fletcher. “Still, costs of care remain high and Kentuckians are in poorer health compared to people in other states. An effective information network would dramatically improve the accuracy and speed with which medical records are processed and transferred, resulting in more efficient and improved care across the board.”
The vision of Kentucky’s landmark e-Health legislation passed in 2005 is to lower costs, increase quality and improve health outcomes. The e-Health Summit will allow state and community leaders involved in e-Health initiatives throughout Kentucky to learn more about the efforts of the Kentucky e-Health Network Board and various local health information exchange efforts.
In addition, the summit will serve as a networking forum for individuals and organizations interested in health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) and showcase the work of the Kentucky e-Health Network Board, e-Health innovators around the state, and national trends and efforts.
“In every other area of our economy technology has transformed the way America does business making it more productive and efficient,” said CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell. “It is time for information technology to do the same for health care and public health.”
The agenda will offer a number of educational sessions including:
· An overview of state efforts led by the Kentucky e-Health Network Board and CHFS.
· An update on federal activities and plans.
· Trends in health IT nationwide.
· Information on various statewide and community exchange efforts in Kentucky and around the nation.
· Regional roundtables for individuals and organizations to develop contacts with others interested in e-Health.
The goal of the summit is to provide attendees with a clearer understanding of statewide efforts and strategies related to e-Health; familiarize attendees with regional and community e-Health efforts; and to form a larger network of contacts in the e-Health community.
More information about the summit and how to register can be found by visiting the e-Health Summit Web site http://ehealth.ky.gov/summit/.