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Global Perspectives on Health IT From Harvard Medical School Thought Leader, Dr. Blackford Middleton


July 9, 2012 - Singapore

The HIMSS AsiaPac12 Conference and Exhibition (www.himssasiapac.org/12) in Singapore will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Blackford Middleton, Corporate Director, Clinical Informatics Research & Development, Partners HealthCare System, Clinical Informatics R&D Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. Dr. Middleton will describe research and development efforts at Partners HealthCare System and Harvard Medical School focusing on clinical decision support (CDS) and knowledge sharing. Highlights will be drawn from the multi-national CDS Consortium.

Focusing on the central theme of 'linking people, potential and progress', the HIMSS AsiaPac12 will connect people and information in new ways that increase patient care and safety, reduce healthcare costs and improve quality of care across the continuum of care in Asia Pacific. This new and unique annual conference will focus on the information technology (IT) needs of healthcare providers and services during the three day-event to be held from September 17-19 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

"HIMSS AsiaPac12 Conference is crucial for IT healthcare providers throughout the Asia Pacific region. No other organization offers the type of IT healthcare information and services that contribute to improving the quality and safety of patient care all in one three-day event. I am privileged to be a part of this conference," Dr. Middleton said.

The HIMSS AsiaPac12 will gather global healthcare leaders and professionals who will be sharing technological advances and innovative best practices for the industry. At the start of the conference on 18 September, Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health for the Republic of Singapore, will give an opening address as our guest-of-honour. Dr. Charles Sawyer (MD, FACP), Associate Chief Health Information Officer for the Geisinger Health System, will give the closing keynote, in which he will present some of the tools and data routinely utilized by Geisinger to deliver reliable, high quality medical care to the population we serve. Specific examples will be provided emphasizing improvements in the quality / cost relationship and improved clinical outcomes.

A number of education sessions and symposia will be available during the conference, reaching out to key target audiences. The HIMSS AsiaPac12 will include:

The Four Conferences in One comprises of HIT X.0, mHIMSS (Mobile Health), Standards and interoperability, and Care in the Community. In order to promote the understanding of the reality of ageing in countries undergoing marked demographic changes, the Care in the Community track will focus on the myriad social and cultural differences in people's experiences of ageing and health and helps to identify strategic opportunities for appropriate technologies and services for the aging population;

The Symposia Programme, which includes the Clinicians IT Leadership Symposium, Nursing Informatics Symposium, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) & real-time location system (RTLS) in Healthcare Symposium.

The Interoperability Showcase, providing an important opportunity for participants to come together with purchasers of clinical technologies to show that interoperable clinical solutions are not far off in the future.

The Exhibition will showcase hundreds of products and services for healthcare IT needs. Attendees will experience live demonstrations, technology updates, new products and services in the healthcare IT industry.

At the HIMSS AsiaPac12, the distinctive expertise of the speakers, the in-depth sessions, and the large exhibition will give attendees exclusive information that will focus on the 'Continuum of Care' of information flow for homecare and acute care.

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About HIMSS
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care.

To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himssasiapac.org

For more information about HIMSS AsiaPac12, please visit www.himssasiapac.org/12

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Yvonne Lim
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HIMSS Asia Pacific
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