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Technology track keeps you up to speed

September 16, 2011
by Dennis Grantham, Editor-in-Chief
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Keeping pace with the fast-moving field of health information technology (HIT) is always a challenge. But it’s a challenge you can master at NCAD 2011. Use your time at NCAD 2011 to tap into a remarkable blend of technical expertise and personal attention in educational sessions and in the exhibition hall.

  • Key developments in public policy and HIT are sure to be noted in the Sunday morning keynote by Westley Clark, MD, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Along with his policy responsibilities, Dr. Clark takes an active role in learning about the IT needs of our field, including electronic patient records that accommodate behavioral health information and meet the special confidentiality requirements for protection of addiction treatment information.
     
  • Later on Sunday, Session T10, “Overcoming Resistance to Change When Implementing New Technology,” features Jane Mindrup of Valley Hope (VHA-IMCSS). She will explore her experiences along with proven strategies to minimize or work through the resistance that can occur when professionals face technology-driven changes at work. You’ll see quickly that she knows what she’s doing.
     
  • Monday’s Session T27, “Planning for Electronic Medical Records: Applying Technology to Clinical Interactions,“ by David Smith PhD LICSW of New Beginnings at Waverly, LLC, addresses the careful planning needed to ensure “a good fit” between an EHR system and an organization’s people and processes. Whether you’re one voice in the process or a final decision maker, you’ll want to hear what David has to say.
     
  • Also on Monday, Bill Connors, president and CEO of Sequest Technologies, offers a detailed, executive-level view of the technology, legislation, organizations, and opportunities that are shaping the future of behavioral health information technology in Session T36, “Meaningful Use.” It’s a presentation that no leader should miss.
     
  • Tuesday, NCAD’s technology track wraps up with a presentation by Harold Urschel, MD, of Enterhealth. In Session T49, Dr. Urschel will explain how a new, web-based education tool not only extends the reach, resources, and monitoring capabilities of substance use treatment programs, but also engages even distant consumers in activities that help them stay on track and maintain sobriety.

If you have technology questions, NCAD 2011 has answers. Look, listen, and ask!

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