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Think Tank Session

"Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Check-Up For Health Care eBusiness Needs"


Invitation-only. No Fee. 8:00 am - 2:30 p.m.

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The focus of this Think Tank Session is to create a body of knowledge around the most critical technology pressure points of health care organizations. The Session will also focus on understanding which
of these pressure points merit investment in the short-term (12-18 months) and long-term (18 months and beyond) for a solid YeBusiness strategy. Twenty-four invitation-only thought leaders in the health care industry -- representing health care providers and institutions (end-users), as well as system integrators (SIs) and vendors (ISVs) - will convene at the Center for a high level exchange and networking opportunities.

The management of HCOs is plagued with challenges that keep increasing. Integration and inter-operability, information duplication, and medical errors account for a large part of business inefficiencies found today in HCOs. Limited revenue, increasing costs, continued provider and consumer dissatisfaction with health care financing and delivery, and an uncertain financial environment have led boards of directors and shareholders of HCOs to be more demanding that IT investments deliver adequate business value. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations of 2001 place additional pressures on HCOs to embrace the Internet economy. Security and privacy dimensions have been recently elevated due to the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

Enabling technologies -- such as the Internet, XML, workflow, business process automation, mobile technologies and other technologies -- can be applied to many areas in health care to reduce business inefficiencies, comply with HIPAA regulations, address security concerns, and directly increase productivity and return-on-investment (ROI). The business risks to HCOs of not adopting these technologies, proven in other industries, into a long-term eBusiness strategy, is considered to exceed the technology risk in attempting to deploy them.

• End users have the opportunity to verbalize their technology needs and learn about existing and upcoming technology solutions.
• The ISIs and ISVs have the opportunity to gather knowledge first hand on existing and future needs of customers.
• Written proceedings will be issued from this Think Tank Session to the participants to assist in their eBusiness strategies and budgets for 2002 and beyond.
• As a select group, those who participate are able to network with one another for business opportunities.

This program is invitation-only. If you have an interest in possible participation and represent a health care provider or institution (end-users) or a system integrator (SIs) or vendor (ISVs), send your name, title, bio, short summary of your company, email address and phone number to:

Dr. Venilde Jeronimo
Sr. Director, Client Services
T: 650.462.9800