Health IT Fair

March 13, 2012

An extravaganza featuring health information technology will take place throughout the day this Friday, March 16th beginning at 10 a.m. and running through 4:30 p.m. at the School of Information and Library Science on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Learn more about the exciting field of health information technology by attending the Health IT Fair that will include an opportunity to meet and greet professionals from 17 local businesses and organizations, learn about current research and development and attend special presentations by experts in the health IT field.

The morning presentations will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (see topics and presenters below). At 1 to 3 p.m. the fair will take place in the Manning Hall Lobby and in room 208. A special panel discussion featuring representatives from Allscripts, EHR 2.0, Family Health Network, Infina Connect, Axial Exchange, Epic and RENCI is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

If you can attend any or all of the presentations, please send your RSVP to Heather Lewis at:

Companies represented at the Health IT Fair include:

•Axial Exchange
•Bioinformatics Core, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
•Carolina Center for Health Informatics, UNC Department of Emergency Medicine
•EHR 2.0
•Family Health Network
•Health Care & Bioscience Strategic Advisor, Leslie Alexandre
•NC Health IT, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
•NC Immunization Registry, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
•Infina Connect
•Quantal Semantics
•RTI International
•SAS Institute
•Thomson Reuters

The schedule for the day includes:

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. presentations from RTI International - Manning Hall room 208

Barbara Massoudi, Senior Research Health Scientist: “BioSense 2.0: Public Health Surveillance through Collaboration”
The BioSense Program provides local, state, and federal partners a timely regional and national picture of trends in disease syndromes and situation awareness. This presentation will provide an overview of the BioSense Program Redesign that aims focus to meet the needs of stakeholders and end users in state and local health departments, CDC programs, hospitals, and other federal programs (i.e. DoD and VA) to improve regional and national coverage.

Robert Furberg, Clinical Informaticist: “mHealth at RTI International: How in How Mobile Technologies Are Changing the Practice of Medicine & Public Health”
Using mobile technologies to more rapidly and accurately assess and modify behavior, biological states and contextual variables has great potential to transform medical research. This session seeks to illustrate the uniqueness of this transdisciplinary field and describe some of the ongoing projects RTI is working on in mHealth.

Beth Lasater, Health Research Analyst: “Practice Transformation Project: Road to Successful EHR Adoption and Implementation”
A discussion of an ONC project with the initial purpose of identifying and developing best practices for EHR implementations to assist 100,000 primary care providers become meaningful users of EHRs by this year. And the long term purpose of ensuring that providers implement and use the most advanced health IT to facilitate the electronic exchange of health information to transform practices in the US.

Michael Shapiro, Senior Health Informaticist: “Patient-generated Health Data – exploring its definition and impact on care delivery and health IT”
A discussion of the environmental scan conducted for the ONC, and a working definition of PGHD. Some ideas about how new sources of health-related data may alter care delivery and drive changes in health IT.

Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Saira Haque, “Chronic Illness in Second Life: Virtual Communities Supporting Real Healing”
Virtual communities such as Second Life (SL) show great promise for designing and conducting interventions to support behavior change in chronic disease patients. Use of virtual worlds can help overcome challenges to receiving care in the real world. In addition, this allow people to integrate education and support with other aspects of their online lives. For example, communities addressing HIV+, diabetes, cancer and chronic pain have developed in Second Life (SL). More needs to be understood about these communities and how to leverage them to conduct interventions. In addition, there are special considerations in recruiting people from chronic disease populations which should be taken into account when designing and implementing interventions in the virtual world. In order to better understand these aspects, a survey of Second Life users with HIV+ status, cancer, chronic pain and diabetes was undertaken. Measures included basic health status and computer use.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Health IT Fair Displays - Lobby and room 208 of Manning Hall

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Panel discussion on health information technology, featuring panelists from Allscripts, EHR 2.0, Family Health Network, Infina Connect, Axial Exchange, Epic and RENCI.

Be sure to attend all or part of this exciting day of activities around this important and emerging field!