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Bellevue to Host Second Annual HIMSS NW Technology Conference; Call for Presenters Now Open


The Oregon and Washington Chapters of HIMSS today announced registration and Call for Presenters is open for the Second Annual HIMSS NW Technology Conference taking place November 12 & 13, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bellevue, Washington.

Bellevue, WA, September 15, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The Oregon and Washington Chapters of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) today announced that registration and a Call for Presenters is now open for the Second Annual HIMSS NW Technology Conference to take place November 12 & 13, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bellevue, Washington.

With the continued theme of “Connected Communities of Care,” the conference’s goal is to educate attendees to learn how technology is advancing the healthcare reform movement toward accountability across the public, private, provider, payer, and patient communities, and will bring together health professionals to share their experiences, ideas, plans and breakthrough technologies.

The conference will be developed to assess ways to improve the health and care of patients and the public. This conference will focus on what we know, what is underway, what is available, what has worked and what has not.

“Last year’s event brought the community together, and we received great feedback from attendees,” said Chris Deiner-Karr, Programs chair, HIMSS Washington State Chapter. “We are proud to host the event this year in Seattle, and hope to continue the success of the HIMSS NW Conference.”

The conference has also now opened its Call for Presenters, welcoming topics from across the Health Information Technology landscape including Healthcare Provider and HC Payer Topics. Presenters will share their experiences, ideas, plans and breakthrough technologies. Breakout sessions focusing on Clinical/Quality, Technology and Business healthcare topics will be offered, giving attendees a deeper look into new trends in Health IT. Presentations last year included keynotes from Providence Health Plans, Intel Corporation Industry Affairs, and State Senators.

Access to the full Call for Presenter submission site and suggested topics can be found here: http://www.nwhimssconference.com/speakers/speakers.html. Deadline for submissions is September 28th. Selected presenters will be notified by October 14th.

“This conference will give you the chance to hear from business, clinical and technology experts about the current state and future road map of delivering health care in the Northwest,” added Brian Ahier, Health IT Evangelist at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. “The Pacific Northwest is a National leader in Health IT, and we are looking forward to expanding our reach.”

Registration for the conference is $125 for HIMSS members, $175 for non-members, and $50 for students. For more information, visit http://www.nwhimssconference.com/index.html.

Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities are still available. Visit http://nwhimssconference.com/sponsorship/sponsorship.html
Discounted Hotel Rates are available through visiting http://www.nwhimssconference.com/travel/travel.html

Contact:
Raina McSherry 503-970-9105
raina.mcsherry@himss-oregon.org

About HIMSS Oregon
The Oregon Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is a professional organization dedicated to the development of healthcare information technology professionals throughout the state Oregon and southwest Washington. Our mission is to bring healthcare professionals together with their clinical and business partners in educational settings to explore issues of common concern, network with peers, and grow professionally by sharing knowledge and experience and by learning about new tools, methods and technologies. For more information, visit: http://www.himss-oregon.org/

About HIMSS Washington
The Washington Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society is focused on providing leadership in healthcare for the management of systems, technology and information. The Chapter promotes an organized forum for continuing education and exchange of ideas amongst its members to improve healthcare information and management systems that support patient care and wellness. For more information, visit: http://www.himsswa.org/

About HIMSS
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org
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NW HIMSS Chapter
Heidi Olson
503-349-8139
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