Thursday, November 17, 2011: ONC Grantee and Stakeholder Summit
8:30 am-5:15 pm
All Thursday sessions were open to the public. Plenary and keynote sessions are now available as archived video at the lower right of this webcast site, under ‘Webcast Archives’.

8:30am - 9:00am

Opening Remarks
David Blumenthal, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners HealthCare System and Harvard Medical School
Location: Grand Ballroom

9:00am - 9:45am

Plenary: The Ice Has Broken!
Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS
Location: Grand Ballroom

9:45am - 10:15am

Acceleration and Tipping Points
Moderator: Josh Seidman, Director, Meaningful Use, ONC
Location: Grand Ballroom
Topics that were discussed include:

  • E-Prescribing

Speaker: Troy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD, Director of the Network Pharmacist Program, Community Care of North Carolina

  • EHR Adoption

Speaker: Carol L. Steltenkamp, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Information Officer, Associate Professor Pediatrics, University of Kentucky; Director, Kentucky Regional Extension Center

  • Informed Transitions

Speaker: Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, Chief Medical Officer, MedAllies

  • Consumer E-Health

Speaker: Ted Eytan, MD, MS, MPH, Director, The Permanente Foundation, Kaiser Permanente


Keynote: Achieving Big Changes
Jay Walker, Curator, TEDMED Conference
Location: Grand Ballroom

11:00 - 11:15 am



Interactive Session: Privacy and Security - You can do it!
Moderator: Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer, ONC
Speaker: Leon Rodriguez, Director, HHS Office for Civil Rights
Location: Grand Ballroom




Keynote Presentation
Rick Gilfillan, MD, Acting Director, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Location: Grand Ballroom


Getting it Done
Moderator: Claudia Williams, Director, State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Program, ONC
Location: Grand Ballroom

Speakers from the State HIE, Regional Extension Centers, Workforce, Beacon Communities, and SHARP programs discussed progress, challenges, and solutions. Speakers included:
  • HIE Grantee

Speaker: Harris Frankel, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC); Medical Director, UNMC Clinical Neurosciences Center;  President, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)

  • REC Grantee

Speaker: Lisa Rawlins, Executive Director, South Florida Regional Extension Center

  • SHARP Grantee

Speaker: Josh C. Mandel, MD, Research Faculty, Children's Hospital Boston & Harvard Medical School

  • Workforce Grantees

Speaker: Norma Morganti, Executive Director, Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium, Cuyahoga Community College

Speaker: Julie A. Jacko, PhD, Professor of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Principal Investigator and Director, University Partnership for Health Informatics (UP - HI)

  • Beacon Grantee

Speaker: Julie Schilz, BSN, MBA, Director, Community Collaboratives and Practice Transformation, Colorado Beacon Consortium


Meaningful Use is the Foundation for Better Care
Moderator: Janet Wright, MD, Executive Director, Million Hearts Initiative, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Location: Grand Ballroom

A series of four presentations focusing on how meaningful use can be used to transform care. Topics that were discussed include:
  • Improving the Quality, Safety, and Efficiency of Patient Care

Speaker: Peter Basch, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Ambulatory EHR 
and Health IT Policy, MedStar Health

  • Engaging Patients and Families

Speaker: Christopher H. Tashjian, MD, FAAF, Rural Family Physician, Ellsworth Medical Clinic

  • Improving Care Coordination

Speaker: Deb Aldridge, MSN, RN-BC, Beacon Program Director, Community Care of Southern Piedmont

  • Improving Population and Public Health

Speaker: Bruce D. Greenstein, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals




Breakout Sessions: Journey to Change

Session 1:  IT Bricks and Mortar to Optimize Patient Centered Medical Homes*
Location: Grand Ballroom
Description: This session showcased concrete examples of how information technology-enabled Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) care models have led to improvements in health outcomes. Panelists discussed their use of strategies and tools (such as registries, clinical decision support and panel management) to increase IT-enabled PCMH-effectiveness in a variety of healthcare settings, and discussed how to support better uptake and spread of promising practices. Questions the panelists addressed included: What are the high yield HIT investments to optimize PCMH cost, quality and population health outcomes? What are the key operational learnings for practices across the country? What should other stakeholders (i.e., payers, employers, state government, vendors) consider to improve IT-enabled PCMH performance?

Session 2: Sustaining the New Paradigm: Clinician Use Experiences and Strategies
Location: Mount Vernon Square
Description: During this session, clinicians from a variety of practice settings shared real-life health information IT adoption stories and detailed specific clinical outcomes achieved by using health IT.  The panelists will shared how meaningful use helped focus and accelerate their adoption efforts, how they overcame barriers, and also explored some unintended consequences to using HIT. These clinicians inspired you to try some of the approaches or share them with others!

Session 3: Transforming Health Care at the State Level      
Location: Renaissance West A
Description: This session highlighted how states are driving health IT-enabled health care transformation using tailored approaches. It explored questions such as: What are the most critical opportunities to use health IT to lower health care costs for states? What kind of delivery systems and health IT capacity will we need to address the opportunity of integrated care for dual eligibles?  How are states driving adoption of health IT and attainment of meaningful use in 2011?

Session 4: Educating and Engaging Individuals in their Care           
Location: Congressional B
Description: Come learn about the 'I' in health IT! This session discussed how consumer eHealth strategies and tools can empower 'I'ndividuals to be partners in their healthcare through the use of health information technology.  Panelists highlighted specific examples of their consumer engagement strategies - from connecting one-on-one through stories to using consumer eHealth tools to engage patients.

Session 5: The Vendor Landscape: Meaningful Use and Beyond   
Location: Renaissance East
Description: This session utilized two facilitated panel discussions to highlight key opportunities for collaboration between ONC grantees and vendors to achieve the shared goal of getting providers to meaningfully use EHRs. The second half of the sessions participants broke out into 5 workgroups to identify and prioritize collaborative activities for the first half of 2012 that would accelerate adoption and use. The final 10 minutes of the session included a report out of the work groups.

Session 6: Tackling Disparities with Health IT
Location: Congressional A
Description: This session highlighted how HITECH-funded programs and health care providers are harnessing health IT to both identify and reduce health disparities among racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographically diverse populations. Participants from a variety of geographies and practice settings shared their experiences in using a complement of strategies, services, and health IT to unearth disparities and target interventions that address the needs of patients, under-resourced providers, and data sharing partners.

Session 7: S&I Framework: Helping Shape Interoperability and Improve Patient Care
Location: Renaissance West B
Description: The Office of Standards and Interoperability (OSI) is charged with enabling people to solve interoperability challenges, curating a portfolio of things that work, and enforcing compliance with standards to achieve interoperability. While technical solutions to interoperability can be complex, the lack of interoperability among EHRs has a real and significant impact on patient care. In this interactive session, attendees heard the personal story of a patient with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer who is facing many challenges managing her treatment across multiple providers and organizations. This lead into a panel of S&I leaders who discussed their projects and how they relate to the patient's experience, highlighting how grantees and other participants can leverage the work of the OSI  and the S&I framework standards and services to support better coordinated and more efficient care. Our goal was to showcase opportunities for stakeholders to become involved and to create a sense of urgency for participants to engage to solve these real world problems.




Closing Remarks
Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
Location: Grand Ballroom