World of Health IT Pre-Conference Satellite Symposia

The World of Health IT (WHIT) Conference & ExhibitionFor the first time in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), leaders across all spectrums of healthcare IT will come together 10 October, for The World of Health IT (WHIT) satellite symposia which are designed for healthcare IT leaders, physicians, nursing informatics and other international eHealth professionals. The satellite symposia will unite key players so they can exchange experiences, discuss challenges and find solutions which will help them improve the quality of patient care and delivery.

The symposia will be held during The World of Health IT (WHIT) Conference & Exhibition, 10-13 October, 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland – designed for and by the health IT community. As part of these programmes, keynote speakers and thought leaders from the public and private sectors will present at each symposium, share their insights into emerging eHealth trends and discuss real-life case studies in various geographic regions and healthcare settings.

Registration for the satellite programme symposia is open to both attendees and non-attendees of the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition. To attend any or all of the pre-conference symposia and to receive the early bird discount and special hotel rates for the main WHIT event, registration must be received by 10 August. Visit: www.worldofhealthit.org/registration.

The Healthcare IT Leadership Symposium: Towards a Citizen-Centered Delivery World focuses on leading organisational readiness and change, technology adoption and integration of healthcare IT into the healthcare setting. When it comes to addressing the growing demand for IT implementation, healthcare executives must be prepared to successfully deploy an information system by fostering a spirit of internal collaboration and acceptance, making strategic integration decisions, anticipating key milestones and accurately measuring return on investment. Guest speakers will talk from their own experiences by providing valuable benchmarking insight and highlighting the factors that influence the rollout of an information system within the context of local, regional and broader geographies that comprise a "citizen-centered delivery world."

The Physicians' Symposium: IT Driving Innovation addresses how medical professionals can improve patient safety and quality of care by embracing the power of IT in their healthcare practices. With more clinical data available than ever before, practitioners can make critical decisions right at the point of care if they take advantage of IT as the stimulus for innovation. World-acclaimed keynote speaker Dr. Lucian Leape, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, will speak about the impact of changing IT on patient safety and quality of care. Additional presentations will focus on how clinical data and systems can be used to improve decision making, care processes and workflow. Through interactive dialogue, physicians will have the opportunity to influence the value chain in the hospital and in their private practices.

The Nursing Informatics Symposium: Quality Frameworks for Enhanced Care and Empowered Nurses provides an opportunity for nurse practitioners, clinicians and managers to gain fresh insights into healthcare IT innovations, the impact of technology on the nursing profession and the future role of nurses in the patient care setting. Presenters and attendees will be able to openly discuss topics related to the day-to-day challenges of using new healthcare IT to improve patient care, understand its implications on their role, and manage the availability of even more clinical data in the future. They will also explore the impact technology on outcomes in their practice, popular terminology, medication management and medical device integration.

Key Dates

  • 10 August 2006 – Early registration and special hotel rates end
  • 10 October 2006 – Pre-conference satellite programme
  • 10-13 October 2006 – The World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition

About the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition
The World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition is the first of its kind event, attracting leaders and experts in health IT from Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). It has been designed for and by the healthcare IT community in the EMEA region — be they technology users, buyers, vendors, providers or healthcare regulators. Addressing the perspectives of clinicians, directors and other healthcare professionals, The World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition will offer educational sessions, vendor exhibitions, best practice exchange networking sessions and other professional development opportunities. The World of Health IT Conference bridges the gap between public policy and the realities of day-to-day implementation. Prominent representatives from major world bodies will provide insight into emerging trends, while managers, practitioners and technicians will present case studies, tips and solutions. The World of Health IT Exhibition will robustly complement the Conference, gathering some 100 exhibitors from around the region to demonstrate new strategies, tools and technology designed to enhance the day-to-day quality of healthcare delivery through ICT.

For more information on the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition, visit: www.worldofhealthit.org. Further details on each of the pre-conference symposia as well as additional satellite programmes are available at: www.worldofhealthit.org/education.

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