Health Information Technology (HIT) Initiatives: Linking Healthcare, Consumers and Public Health A Public Health Informatics Perspective

Presented by the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, College of Graduate Studies Department of Health Policy, Thomas Jefferson University

Monday, April 28, 2008

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Thomas Jefferson University, Bluemle Life Sciences Building, Room 101 10th & Locust Streets, Philadelphia

Increased use of health information technology (HIT) is expected to have a significant impact on medical care, research, and specifically public and population health. There are many Federal and state HIT initiatives in process, with the goal of improving healthcare quality and efficiency. The use of standards-based electronic health records (EHRs) and Personal Health Records (PHRs) allows for the orderly exchange of crucial information between consumers, providers, payers and public health practitioners. Public health practitioners can learn how to be active participants in the design of business processes and development of standards to help leverage the emerging health information exchanges to perform core public health services. Providers, consumers, researchers, and public health professionals will participate in this forum to discuss the opportunities and barriers to the expanding uses of health information for care decisions, health outcomes, program and policy decision making, and new opportunities for community collaboration.

AGENDA Introduction and Welcome David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Professor and Chairman, Department of Health Policy, Jefferson Medical College Rob Simmons, DrPH, MPH, CHES, Division Director for Public Health, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Jefferson Medical College What is Public Health Informatics? Susan M. Salkowitz, MA, MGA, Health Information Systems Consultant, Salkowitz Associates, LLC Ruth S. Gubernick, MPH, Public Health Consultant, Practice Improvement National HIT Initiatives: Public Health Participation in Standards Activities and Health Information Exchanges John W. Loonsk, MD, Acting Director for Interoperability and Standards, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator Pennsylvania HIT Initiatives: PA eHealth Initiative and Chronic Care Management Commission Mark Jacobs, MHA, CPHIMS, Director of Technology Services, Wellspan Health, and Vice Chairman, Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative Local Public Health Informatics Case Study – Philadelphia Immunization Information System Jim Lutz, MPA, Manager/CDC Senior Public Health Advisor, Immunization Program, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Discussion, Wrap Up and Next Steps

TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE SYMPOSIUM PLEASE RSVP BY APRIL 21, 2008 TO: LISA CHOSED, MPH PROGRAM COORDINATOR, AT LISA.CHOSED@JEFFERSON.EDU OR CALL (215) 503-0174.