The Governor’s Workplace’s Workplace of Well being Info Expertise (OHIT) hosted its first Digital Well being Summit July 26-27 on the Charles Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas and introduced collectively greater than 20 main worldwide and nationwide well being IT companies, who sponsored the occasion and exhibited their options to summit attendees.
Audio system additionally flew in from throughout the nation from organizations like Google, Public Consulting Group, Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid, Howard College, Blue Cirrus Consulting, Microsoft, Meditech, Zane Applied sciences, CRISP Shared Providers, Prince Georges County Well being Division, CommHIT, Audacious Inquiry, Workplace of the Nationwide Coordinator, Foley and Lardner, Digital Healthcare Community Accreditation Fee (EHNAC), viNGN and the Bureau of Info Expertise.
The governor addresses the Workplace of Well being Info Expertise Digital Well being Summit this week on St. Thomas.
Further representatives from a wide range of native and federal authorities organizations, together with personal sector leaders, converged on the library to debate the development of telemedicine, challenges and desires associated to interoperability and safe information trade, and the appearance of the USVI Well being Info Trade (HIE) within the territory.
The target of the summit was to equip suppliers and healthcare professionals with the data, entry to sources and subject material specialists to navigate the evolving well being IT panorama and make knowledgeable selections that may remodel the best way well being care is delivered within the territory via safe applied sciences.
Bryan established the Workplace of Well being Info Expertise in 2021 and it’s led by Government Director Michelle Francis.
“The Workplace of Well being Info Expertise is a key part to the Bryan-Roach Administration’s ‘More healthy Horizons’ initiative to tremendously improve the standard of well being care selections and sources out there to Virgin Islanders,” Bryan mentioned.
In accordance with the governor’s government order: “The Workplace of Well being IT will function the nucleus for progressive and transformative well being info, know-how sources and options throughout the USVI with the intention to enhance the well being and wellness of Virgin Islanders. The overarching targets of the Workplace of Well being IT are guided by the Mission of the Well being IT Workgroup Plan: To design and implement an built-in well being care system that makes use of well being info know-how to enhance the well being and wellness of U.S. Virgin Islands residents.”
The summit’s keynote speaker was Dr. Ernest Carter, chief well being officer of Maryland’s Prince George County Well being Division. Dr. Carter began the primary Telehealth module in USVI within the Nineteen Nineties and is the well being officer for Prince George’s County Well being Division (PGCHD) with greater than 38 years of expertise in direct affected person care, greater than 25 years of expertise within the fields of telemedicine and well being IT, in addition to greater than seven years in public well being.
Carter was chairman of the Division of Pediatrics at Washington Adventist Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. He has an BA diploma in physics from Harvard School, an MD diploma from Harvard Medical College and a Ph.D. in bio-engineering from the College of Pennsylvania.
Along with offering updates on the progress of the HIE and interoperability generally, the summit was an, partaking, thought-provoking and informative occasion with enthusiastic responses from attendees.
Different notable presenters collaborating within the first USVI Digital Well being Summit 22 included swyMed, Redmane, eClinicalWorks, Gainwell, Cognosante, UVI and UVI CERT and UVI CELL, Schneider Regional Medical Middle, Juan Luis Hospitals, Amazon’s native know-how accomplice, Frederiksted Well being Facilities, St. Thomas East Finish Medical Middle, Division of Labor, Division of Well being and the Division of Human Providers.
“This summit supplied a crucial alternative for bi-directional training. Not solely did we study from the specialists coming to our shores however we educated our company on distinctive well being IT challenges, sources and alternatives current within the Caribbean,” Francis mentioned.
“The Workplace is bringing collectively all of the stakeholders essential to create coalitions, partnerships and alliances that may drive innovation and obtain true transformation in healthcare for the general public good. This inaugural summit was important in lots of respects. Not solely are we gathering in particular person whereas additionally livestreaming, however we’re bringing a primary of its sort summit to the territory. The summit aimed to attract upon each the progress and failures of the previous with the intention to chart a course to deal with unprecedented challenges as skilled with COVID-19,” she mentioned.
The occasion was streamed stay on the OHIT’s Fb web page and likewise was out there every night on the Authorities Home YouTube web page.
For extra info, go to the Workplace of Well being Info Expertise web site: www.ohitusvi.com/summit and Fb web page: www.fb.com/ohitusvi for particulars, downloadable supplies or watch classes once more.
The Bryan-Roach Administration is investing within the Territory’s folks, infrastructure and future via transparency, stabilizing the financial system, restoring belief within the authorities and guaranteeing that restoration initiatives are accomplished as shortly as doable. Go to https://transparency.vi.gov.