Pensacola Bay Area Chamber Hosts Health Summit

PENSACOLA – Using information technology to bring down the cost of health care – and improve the delivery of medical services – will be the focus of the second annual Strategic Health Intelligence Summit hosted by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

   Scheduled for Nov. 13 and 14, the summit will bring together national leaders in healthcare, the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, research organizations, insurance companies and private sector innovators to discuss and find solutions for more efficient sharing of medical information.

   “The Chamber is leading this effort because health care is such a drain on the business community, so (we’re) looking for a way to solve it,” said Craig Dalton, the Chamber’s vice president armed services. “We’re being strategic and intelligent…picking places where information technology can make a difference.”

    More efficient electronic sharing of medical information would cut down on duplication of medical tests and insure patient histories can be accessed by their doctors and hospitals.

    “This Summit represents a convergence of local, state and federal governments, and organizations in partnership with hospitals and private industry to promote healthcare connectedness,” Dalton said. “Strategic Health Intelligence is about tactically applying healthcare information technology to improve healthcare in America and this Summit will leverage our best and brightest minds and innovators to discuss and attain national goals.”

    Guest speakers at the event will include Dr. Robert Kolodner, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Chuck Campbell, Chief Information Officer, Military Health System.

   Panels will focus on Tactical Wins Today: Pervasive Digital Healthcare, Early Adopters and Emerging Standards; Pensacola: Emerging Standards, Sustainability, the Internet and Healthcare Connectedness; and Tactical Wins: The Emergence of a Personal Information Network into a Dynamic Social Network.

   Panel participants will include representatives from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Health Affairs, Perot Systems, US Navy’s Naval Network Warfare Command, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, the US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, Ascension Health, Sacred Heart Health System, Gulf Coast Veterans’ Health Care System,  US Army’s Department of Medicine, COGON Systems, CPS Healthcare, Gastroenterology and Associates, Sacred Heart Health System, Baptist Health Care, Center for Information Dominance, Aetna, Madigan Army Medical Center, RelayHealth, Microsoft and Availity.

  Moderating each of the three panels will be area US Navy Commanding Officers from Naval Hospital Pensacola, Naval Operational Medicine Institute, and the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical (JTF CapMed).  

   The Strategic Health Intelligence Summit will be held at Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. For more information, visit or call 850.438.4081.

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