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10 Reasons to Attend the Digital Health Conference in New York City

Posted on October 5, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Many of you might have read my post about the Digital Health Conference in New York City which is put on by the NYeC. It’s looking like it will be another great conference this year for those of us in the health IT & EHR world.

Turns out their marketing people are pretty creative as well. They just sent me 10 reasons to attend their health IT and EHR conference. I thought it was a great list and not just because I’m included in number 7.

1. The “Father of the U.S. health IT movement,” Dr. David Brailer and the enthralling Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner will keynote the event.

2. Unveiling of the inaugural class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator, a $4.2 million program run by the New York eHealth Collaborative and the New York City Investment Fund for early- and growth-stage digital health companies.

3. NYeC’s Gala & Awards show hosted by CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, honoring GE’s Chairman & CEO, Jeff Immelt and IBM’s Chairman Sam Palmisano.

4. A peer-driven educational program featuring 18 thought-provoking lectures, panels and interactive presentations.

5. IBM’s Watson featuring IBM’s Chief Medical Scientist, Dr. Martin Kohn and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s VP & CIO Patricia Skarulis

6. The opportunity to network and increase your visibility with over 700 senior-level health IT professionals

7. Social Media Panel featuring Brian Ahier (@ahier), John Lynn (@techguy), Wen Dombrowski (@HealthcareWen) and Amy Dixon (@amyrnbsn).

8. Statewide Health Information Network of NY: HIE Strategy 2.0 led by NYeC Executive Director, Dave Whitlinger

9. Health Tech Innovation & Funding panel featuring StartUp Health’s Co-founder Steven Krein, Health 2.0’s SVP Jean-Luc Neptune, NY City Investment Fund’s CEO Maria Gotsch, and Blueprint Health’s Founding Partner Brad Weinberg, and NYeC’s Director of Business Development, Anuj Desai.

10. All that New York and Chelsea have to offer – take a stroll on the High Line, visit Chelsea’s art galleries, or taste an unrivaled restaurant scene.

I hope many of you can make it to the event. Plus, Monday night we’re holding a tweetup as well.

Relaxing of Meaningful Use Final Rule

Posted on June 25, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

There’s a lot of interesting speculation going on right now around what HHS is going to do in regards to meaningful use. There’s no doubt that a lot of the feedback given to HHS on meaningful use surrounded the idea that it was too much and had too many objectives. The question remains, what will HHS do with this feedback?

A number of people have suggested that the meaningful use objectives will be relaxed. In this company is past healthcare IT czar, David Brailer. The interesting part of this chorus is that it includes a large number of providers that say it’s going to be relaxed. Then, they follow up that statement with something like, “If it’s not relaxed, then doctors won’t show meaningful use and will not worry about the EMR stimulus money.” Basically, it will become a failed government initiative if the meaningful use bar is too high.

Other people are suggesting that meaningful use is going to stay the same. Carol Flagg of HITECH Answers quotes the following from David Blumenthal as indication that meaningful use will not substantially change:

“Introducing change in health care is never easy. Historically, adopting our most fundamental medical technologies, from the stethoscope to the x-ray, were met with significant doubt and opposition. So it comes as no surprise that in the face of change as transformational as the adoption of health IT – even though it carries the promise of vastly improving the nation’s health care – some hospitals and providers push back….The question health care providers are facing today is whether we are pushing too hard, too fast to make this important change. I respectfully submit, no. In turn, I ask, ‘Can we make these changes expeditiously enough?… Every provider, every patient throughout our nation will benefit from the goals envisioned by the HITECH Act. Yes, this will be a challenge. While large hospital networks and smaller providers may be stretched to meet national health IT goals, it is not beyond their capacity for growth.”

Little by little I’m leaning this direction. I’m not sure exactly why, but I’m getting the feeling that HHS either can’t or won’t change the meaningful use criteria. It’s basically going to be similar to what we have now with maybe one or two items of note.

What do you think? What will happen with the MU final rule?