Boston hosting AMDIS Fall Symposium: Innovation and the patient-provider relationship

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The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Fall Symposium in Boston will be getting “back to basics” by looking at the role innovation in health IT should play in the relationship between patient and provider.

“The fundamental relationship in healthcare has always been between provider and the patient—that goes back to Hippocrates,” said William Bria, MD, AMDIS board chair and CMIO at the HCI Group in Jacksonville, Fla. “The world of electronic health records is confusing, and there is a certain amount of physician ennui about the disruption that’s occurred as a result of having them, but we need to remember that information tools are best used where there is communication between providers and patients.”

With that in mind, Bria said, he and Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD, CMIO of Elsevier, and co-chair of the symposium along with Bria, wanted to make this more than a physician-only health technology meeting. “That’s why we wanted to include patients and nurses, was well as physicians, in order to best characterize one of our persistent challenges,” Bria said, which is how patients can best communicate what they need to providers, and, in turn, how providers communicate to patients how they provide care.

Along those lines, one of the sessions looks at “Informatics and the Patient-Provider Partnership,” and includes David DeBronkart, who has survived stage IV kidney cancer and has since become a blogger, health policy advisor and a leading advocate for patient engagement. Known as e-Patient Dave, he’s the author of  “Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook,” and co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Bria pointed out that the symposium will also be focusing on innovation—as suggested by the title of this year's symposium, "The Innovation Revolution: Innovation and the patient-provider relationship"— and not just as it relates to compliance with Meaningful Use

For example, Peter Basch, MD, FACP, medical director, ambulatory EHR and health IT policy for MedStar Health, and Pat Hale, clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College and deputy director of the Office of Health Information Technology Transformation, New York State Department of Health, will be presenting a session on “The Physician Perspective—Annoyances and Foibles of Real-life Users; Problems and Solutions in Implementing Real-life solutions the Way We Want.”

“You’re going to see the word ‘innovation’ over and over on the agenda,” said Bria. “We live in an era where one of the most anticipated news events is the release date of the iPhone 6. But, while the American public has become completely engaged with technology we’re not really leverage the meaningful use of tools and techniques. We’re missing a real opportunity to improve communication between the healthcare profession and the American public and to deliver information where people live—and that’s not in a hospital bed.”

The AMDIS Fall Symposium will be held October 20 and 21 at the W Boston Hotel. You can click here for more information.