On May 14, the Medical Education Campus (MEC) hosted a conference on Health Information Management (HIM) and Health Information Technology (HIT) at the Ernst Cultural Center. The conference brought together stakeholders from a variety of areas including government institutions, clinical providers and educational institutions. The discussion focused on workforce issues facing the industry to meet the federal act that calls for electronic medical records for all patients by 2014.
The conference goals were to define employers’ needs in three areas:
(1) to attain a trained workforce to implement electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry systems, (2) to create synergy between educators and employers to address workforce needs and (3) to create a committee to guide the recommendations of this group into a viable action plan.
More than 70 participants attended the conference, including President Robert G. Templin, Jr., Marymount University President James Bundshuh, Senator George Barker, Dean of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University Alan McKay, Provost Brian Foley (MEC) and representatives from Inova Health Systems, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and George Mason University.
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