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Advances within health IT are leading to efficiencies and improvements in both patient care and the management of public health. Save the date for our in-person event as federal leaders discuss pressing modernization initiatives around electronic health records (EHRs), equity, interoperability, data management and more.

Join us for a full day of networking, and discover the latest progressive cybersecurity strategies that are securing patient and agency data.

September 21, 2023
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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8:00 - 8:30 am
Breakfast and Networking
8:30 - 8:35 am
Opening Remarks
8:35 - 8:55 am
Opening Fireside Chat: The New Public Health Data Strategy

Over the next two years, CDC is overseeing a modernization plan to deliver public health guidance in near real-time. The Public Health Data Strategy outlines the data, technology, policy and administrative actions to exchange core data efficiently and securely across the health care and public health ecosystems.

9:00 - 9:35 am
Panel: Modernizing the Electronic Health Record

The vision of the federal EHR is to create a single, common health record to provide seamless care throughout a patient’s health journey. Successful implementation hinges on a mindset shift, and some argue that people are even more important than technology. Join the leaders behind the cross-government EHR rollout to learn how they are harmonizing IT system upgrades with change management principles as they modernize systems to ensure a seamless experience for both patients and providers.  

9:40 - 10:15 am
Panel: Improving Cross-Agency Interoperability

Interoperability in health care enables timely and secure access, integration and use of data to optimize health outcomes for patients and inform data-driven decision making for providers. ONC launched the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to establish a universal technical and legal baseline for information exchange and interoperability nationwide. Hear from federal leaders backing the framework on the progress they’ve made and their vision for TEFCA moving forward.  

10:15 - 10:30 am
Networking Break
10:30 - 11:05 am
Panel: Forecasting the Future of Health and Climate

Climate change is introducing new threats to public health, some predictable and some not. Agencies are expanding their response capabilities for public health emergencies, and also working to understand how rising heat and other environmental factors will impact human health. Learn about how agencies are exploring new models and tools to track environment and health information and developing data-driven recommendations for building a more resilient health care system.

11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Views from the CIOs - Lightning Rounds

CIOs are responsible for managing, evaluating and assessing how well their agency is managing its IT resources. Hear from these CIOs on how they’re prioritizing technology to streamline processes to ultimately improve patient health care and delivery.  

12:00 - 12:30 pm
Networking Lunch
12:35 - 1:00 pm
Flywheel Awards Presentation

We'll present the Flywheel Awards to recognize leaders and their work in federal government.  

The flywheel — a critical component in a machine to increase its momentum — is also a critical symbol representing our publication’s goal to keep federal IT decision-makers informed on technology's impact on government. This momentum is what fuels the constant need for transformers to innovate in health IT and communicate evolving strategies in health equity, patient access and more across the ecosystem. Categories and Winners to be announced. 

1:05 - 1:40 pm
Panel: Protecting Patient Data

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was developed to protect the privacy of patients and ensure patient data is appropriately secured, but the policy hindered the ability to quickly share information for improved health care delivery. Agencies are investigating new ways to keep data privacy top of mind while also enabling data-driven health care and decision making. Leaders unpack innovative ways they’re using innovative solutions – such as synthetic data, privacy policies and more – to drive actionable, secure health care.

1:40 - 1:55 pm
Networking Break
1:55 - 2:30 pm
Panel: Investing in Emerging Tech

There’s a lot of buzz around emerging technology, and federal leaders are responsible for cutting through the noise to fund the projects that have the greatest impact on patient care and health service delivery. Here’s how government is budgeting for and integrating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and more. 

2:35 - 2:55 pm
Closing Fireside Chat: Unpacking the Federal Health IT Strategy for Better Interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is charged with the adoption of health IT and development of nationwide, standards-based health information exchange to improve health care delivery. Hear from the head of the agency on his top priorities concerning a federal health IT strategy including information-blocking regulations, standardization of APIs, the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement and priorities for 2024. 

2:55 - 3:00 pm
Closing Remarks

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