Physicians, administrators, IT decision-makers and other leading health IT experts will gather in Denver July 24 and July 25 for the iHT2 Health IT Summit. The event, to be held at The Brown Palace Hotel, is hosted by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation.
According to an article appearing on MedicalBackBone.com, featured speakers will include former NASA astronaut Bernard Harris, Jr., who is also a physician and president of the American Telemedicine Association. Dr. Harris flew space flights aboard the Shuttle and was the payload commander in February 1995 during the first flight out of the new Russian-American Space Program.
Also making a keynote presentation will be Peter Fine, President and CEO, of Banner Health, which operates four medical centers in Colorado.
Fine has led the Phoenix-based nonprofit healthcare company since November 2000. Banner employs more than 35,000 people and is the second-largest private employer in Arizona.
A number of Colorado-area health IT experts are among the scheduled speakers, Medical BackBone notes. These include Gregory Veltri, CIO, Denver Health; Andrew Steele, MD, MPH, Director, Medical Informatics, Denver Health; and Jonathan Gold, MD, MHA, MSc, Regional CMIO, Catholic Health Initiatives.
Others on the agenda are: Dana Moore, CIO, Centura Health; Mark Caron, CIO, Capital BlueCross; and Nancy Fabozzi, healthcare analyst, Frost & Sullivan. A complete list of speakers and the schedule is available here.
A news release for the event notes that it will provide health IT executives an opportunity to “interact with a national audience of peers, national leaders and solutions providers featuring the latest solutions for practice management, mobility, telemedicine, outsourcing, IT infrastructure, next-generation electronic medical records, and disease management.”
The Institute for Health Technology Transformation works to bring together private and public sector leaders to foster the growth and effective use of technology in all areas of the healthcare industry.
Sponsors and partners of iHT2 include: ICA, Quantix, Extract Systems, SLI Global Solutions, Nuance, Comcast, Altus, Rubbermaid Healthcare, VMware, and others.
Medical Back Bone, based in Denver, is an initiative to highlight and honor the people and institutions who comprise America’s health infrastructure.
It is spearheaded by Dr. Ben Guiot, a noted Colorado neurosurgeon and medical researcher affiliated with South Denver Neurosurgery. Dr. Guiot, formerly director of spine surgery in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of South Florida, is chairman of the Medical BackBone board of advisors.