The 2011 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care HIT Summit

On June 13 and 14, the Long-Term and Post-Acute (LTPAC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Summit took place in Baltimore, MD, discussing key issues and solutions regarding health information technology (HIT). The conference consisted of roughly 300 post-acute and long-term care (LTC) professionals from the health information management (HIM) field. The conference also held an exhibit of the industry’s leading vendors, including LINTECH.

The summit served as an educational tool, a resource and a means of support as the health care industry experiences a rapid transition. Particular areas of concentration included the healthcare stimulus and the opportunities for post-acute and long-term care, HIT initiatives, electronic health record (EHR) certification and implementation, and case studies regarding the latest LTC solutions. Industry experts and speakers provided the necessary guidance to ensure successful EHR implementation within their organizations.

Jim Walker, the chief medical information officer of Geisinger Health Systems and HIT Standards Committee member, discussed Long-Term and Post-Acute Care in 2020, concentrating on the direction of healthcare and the impact of technology.

Claudia Williams, Director of the State Health Information Exchange Program for the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT, spoke about policy priorities for the agency and resources to support LTPAC adoption of health IT.

Sean Cavinaugh from the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center addressed the significance and initiatives in advancing new models of care in order to achieve the "triple aim" goal. The three components of the triple aim include care, health and cost. This is an attempt to improve the experience of care, improve the health of the population and reduce the cost of healthcare.

Other industry leaders discussed topics including health information exchange initiatives, transition of care priorities and quality resident reporting.