The Delta Health Alliance

Electronic Health Records Summit Press Release

Posted on: October 25, 2010

Delta Health Alliance to Host an Electronic Health Records Summit In Stoneville – November 3, 2010

(Stoneville, MS) – On November 3, the dream of providing better health care in the Mississippi Delta is one step closer to reality as Delta Health Alliance will host the “Telemedicine & EHR Summit – The New Standard in Health Care Today” summit at the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Entrepreneurial Center in Stoneville.  Nationally recognized speakers will present information about telemedicine and electronic health records and the impact of improved health care for Mississippians. The summit will serve as the introduction event for the Delta BLUES Beacon project, a project funded through a $14.7 million grant awarded to DHA in April 2010 for the Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program through the Office of the National Coordinator.  The Delta Health Alliance is one of seventeen agencies nationwide to receive the grant to build upon its work in the area of electronic health records and health information exchange.  Aaron McKethan, PhD Program Director of Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services will speak on the national vision for Beacon Communities and what it means for Mississippi.

Other nationally recognized speakers include David Goodman, MD, MS, professor of Pediatrics and of Health Policy at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice Director, Center for Health Policy Research.  Dr. Goodman will share how the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented variations in how medical resources have been used in the U.S. for twenty years. Using Medicare data to provide information about national, regional, and local markets, this program has helped form the foundation for many ongoing efforts to improve health and health systems across America.  Completing the keynote speaker lineup will be Alex Nason, Director of Tele-health, Program Director, John Hopkins Medicine Interactive Learning – Baltimore.  Nason will conduct a forum on emerging trends, opportunities, and challenges in telemedicine, and discuss the future of telehealth standards and guidelines, and remote patient monitoring.  Karen C. Fox, PhD, President & CEO of Delta Health Alliance; Lisa Morton, Assistant Professor at University of Mississippi Medical Center; and Anthony LoSasso, Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Health Policy and Administration Division at the School of Public Health and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago will present outcomes of the DHA BLUES project, a comparison study of diabetes patient care from EHR clinics to non-EHR clinics, including tracking outcomes, reducing errors, and improving provider communication.

Summit participants can join an interactive discussion with a panel of state health care professionals talking about state health information technology initiatives, such as electronic health records, health information exchange, and telemedicine.  Karen Fox will lead the discussion along with other panelists:  G. Douglas Campbell, MD, Professor Pulmonary, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Principal Investigator, VISICU eICU®; Craig P. Orgeron, PhD, Director, Strategic Services Division, Department of Information Technology Services; Randy Borderlon of Mississippi Regional Extension Center, EQ Health; and John F. Lucas III, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Persons interested in attending the November 3rd DHA Telemedicine – EHR Summit can register online at  The $25 registration fee is waived if registered by October 31, and lunch will be provided.  Conference time for the event is 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information about the summit or Delta Health Alliance, call (662) 686-7004.