MEDIA ADVISORY: Conference
Launches Creation of Statewide Health Information Exchange
Contact: Beth Potier
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 26, 2005
What: New Hampshire Connects for Health Conference sponsored
by the New Hampshire Health Information Center at the University
of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Citizens’ Health Initiative
When: Nov. 4, 2005, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Highlander Inn, Manchester, N.H.
- New Hampshire health care leaders from hospitals, community
health care services, insurers, and government
- Leaders of health information exchange initiatives from Maine,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island
- Federal representatives from the Centers for Disease Control
and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Background: This first annual summit explores a question
critical to increasing the quality of care and decreasing medical
errors: How can New Hampshire create a statewide health information
exchange network that allows a patient’s information to follow
him or her from provider to provider? As individual providers move
forward with electronic medical records and monitoring systems,
how can those systems be linked statewide for cost savings and enhanced
“The quality implications are pretty high. There is potential
for cost savings and for creating a better understanding and coordination
within and between our patient care and public health systems,”
said Robert McGrath, executive director of the New Hampshire Health
Information Center and instructor in the department of Health Management
and Policy at UNH.
The New Hampshire Connects for Health Conference is sponsored by
UNH in partnership with eHealthinitiative, GE Healthcare, Kryptiq
Corporation, Novell, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, MVP Health Care,
Editors, news directors, reporters: You are invited to cover
this conference. Suggested sessions are the welcome and overview
(8–9:15 a.m.), “Keynote Address: Federal Visions and
Perspectives” (11a.m –1 p.m.), or “Road Map to
Next Tangible Steps” (2:45 – 3:30 p.m.). For more information
and a complete schedule: http://www.nhhic.org/conference.htm.
Contact Beth Potier at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Gretchen Bean at email@example.com.