#AHCJ18 panel to cover some of the hottest health IT trends

About Rebecca Vesely

Rebecca Vesely is AHCJ's topic leader on health information technology and a freelance writer. She has written about health, science and medicine for AFP, the Bay Area News Group, Modern Healthcare, Wired, Scientific American online and many other news outlets.

New to blockchain? Predictive analytics got you scratching your head? A little fuzzy on the ins and outs of the “Internet of Things?” Wondering how to separate hype from reality in technology adoption?

We will be discussing all these topics and more during the session, “Health IT trends you need to know now,” at Health Journalism 2018. These panelists will guide us through some of these tech trends and provide specific examples of how technology is reshaping the health sector:

  • Chris Young is vice president of innovation and new virtual market development at Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the nation and the world’s largest Catholic health system. Young spends much of his time analyzing the application of new technologies to improving patient care and system efficiencies.
  • Brad Tritle, partner for digital health at Alira Health, an international consulting firm, has dedicated his career to implementing technology in health and analyzing the impact. He was founding executive director of Arizona Health-e Connection (now Health Current), a health information exchange system for providers, payers, employers and the Arizona state government. He was president and CEO of a telehealth and patient engagement company and has served on advisory committees and task forces for HIMSS, the premier health IT advocacy organization.
  • Melissa Buckley is the director of the Health Innovation Fund at the California Health Care The Health Innovation Fund invests in companies that share the foundation’s mission to improve the health of low-income Californians. The fund has backed companies that are offering affordable opioid treatment options in rural communities; firms that focus on the Medicaid population; and new platforms that integrate physical and behavioral health treatment. Buckley previously worked as a consultant and in investment banking at McKinsey & Co. and JPMorgan.

Session attendees should come away with a deeper knowledge of the biggest trends in health information technology as well as how providers and payers are starting to use these technologies in ways that affect patient care and system design. Armed with this knowledge, journalists will have the foundation for covering local providers and payers as they implement these new technologies.

The session begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. To follow or comment on the panel during the conference, use the hashtag #AHCJhit.

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