SOURCE: Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc.

June 30, 2015 14:00 ET

Vermont Information Technology Leaders to Host Health Care Technology Summit on September 30 & October 1

BURLINGTON, VT--(Marketwired - June 30, 2015) - Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) is announcing the 2015 Transforming Health Care Through Technology Summit at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, Vermont. The Summit will open on Wednesday, September 30 from 3 to 7:00 p.m. with concurrent sessions and a networking reception, followed by a full day conference on Thursday, October 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the ninth year that VITL is hosting one of New England's top conferences for health information technology, with attendance expected to be from 350 to 400 people. The Summit is open to health care providers, industry professionals, health care consumers and those interested in health information technology from across Vermont, regionally and nationally. This two day event will be packed with sessions on patient engagement, telemedicine, HL7 and FHIR standards, the connected clinician, technology's role in health care reform, health technology innovations, data analytics and more.

VITL President and CEO John K. Evans stated that, "health care in Vermont -- and nationally -- is transforming from the traditional fee-for-service model to a system based on clinical, financial and patient satisfaction outcomes. Information technology is a foundational element of health care reform efforts, and the VITL Summit will explore and highlight the transformations that ensure health information is secure and readily available when providers need it."

A highlight of the conference will be a presentation by keynote speaker Dr. Shahram Ebadollahi, IBM Watson Health vice president and chief science officer. The cognitive computer IBM Watson rose to fame after its triumph on the television quiz show Jeopardy!, and has since expanded to tackle the complexities of health care. IBM announced its new Watson Health business unit in April 2015 to help patients, physicians, researchers and insurers use data to achieve better health and wellness. As the head of innovations Dr. Ebadollahi oversees development, solutions, and partnerships for IBM Watson Health. As the chief science officer, he has global responsibility for IBM's direction in the area of health informatics as well as the innovation strategy for IBM Watson Health. His keynote address is titled IBM Watson Health: Innovating toward a patient centric world.

In speaking about the event, Dr. Ebadollahi said, "IBM's mission with the Watson Health effort is to create a more complete and personalized picture of health and to transform the way we think about health care. Vermont has long been a leader in the use of technology to deliver coordinated, personalized health care, and I look forward to a robust discussion at the VITL Summit about our common goals for health system transformations."

Although health care as a subject may not conjure ideas of fun and laughs, the Summit lunch speaker, David Glickman, will remedy that with A Dose of Health Care Humor. David has been presenting programs to health care professionals since 1981. He began his career as director of public relations for the American Heart Association of Greater Miami. In 1985, David left the American Heart Association to become a full-time speaker and entertainer. He has presented over 2000 programs since that time, specializing in finding humor in the hectic health care environment.

Summit registration is $129 and includes both days. Register by July 31 to receive an early bird discount of $99 for both days. Groups of three or more and college student discounts are also available. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available to network and interact with hundreds of professionals from all areas of health care. For more information and to register, visit

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology, to improve the quality of care delivery, to enhance patient safety and to reduce the cost of care. VITL is legislatively designated to operate the health information exchange (HIE) for Vermont, and is governed by a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. For more information, please visit

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