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​Entrepreneur of the Year to Give Keynote Talk at Health Care Forum

Providence College’s Health Policy and Management (HPM) Program is partnering with the Rhode Island chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives to present the 2013 Health Care Leadership Forum on Tuesday, March 19, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Ryan Concert Hall of the Smith Center for the Arts on campus.

The forum, “The Present and Future of Health Care IT: Strategies for Successful EHR (Electronic Health Records) Implementation,” is geared to further educate local and regional health care providers and professionals about EHRs but is expected to attract students and alumni as well.

This is the second time in the last three years that the College has hosted the forum.

“The Health Care Leadership Forum highlights the challenges facing health administrators in today’s health care system, including organizational leadership and development,” said Dr. Robert B. Hackey, professor of health policy and management and HPM Program director.

Joining Hackey in coordinating the event are Dr. Todd M. Olszewski, assistant professor of health policy and management, and Christopher Dooley ’90, co-chair of the HPM Program’s Advisory Council. 

Girish Kumar Navani, chief executive officer and co-founder of eClinicalWorks, one of the nation’s leading providers of electronic medical records solutions, will serve as the forum’s keynote speaker. His company designs software to help create a digital format for health records that is capable of being shared across different health care contexts.

Named 2009’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the area of healthcare technology in New England, Navani will address past efforts to expand the utilization of EHR systems, current challenges in implementing EHRs after the 2009 American Recovery and Retirement Act, and future prospects for optimizing health information technology (HIT).

Following the keynote address, Hackey will moderate a discussion by two physicians. G. Alan Kurose, M.D., and Herbert J. Brennan, D.O., will offer local perspectives on the national debate about EHRs. The panelists will discuss the challenges in using HIT to improve the quality of care, control costs, and transform clinical processes.

“Since the passage of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in 2009, the federal government has invested more than $27 billion to promote the adoption of (EHRs),” said Hackey. “Our forum provides a checkup, and by bringing a national leader (Navani) in HIT to campus, we hope to open up a conversation about the future prospects and trends for HIT.”

—Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14

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