HIMSS Summit of the Southeast

The Summit of the Southeast took place Sept. 28-29 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The Tennessee Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) sponsored the regional event.

The city hosted more than 700 members representing HIMSS chapters in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee who gathered in Nashville to discuss the state of the industry and share thoughts and ideas on future healthcare technologies and projects. 

Each year, the Summit of the Southeast provides members from across the region with collaborative opportunities to connect with top national healthcare information technology leaders, consult on business and marketing strategies, and investigate innovative technologies for the year to come.

The Tennessee Chapter provides statewide leadership for the advancement and management of HIT. Its members include executives at the forefront of technology who ensure Nashville’s stature at the epicenter of the business of healthcare in the United States. 

Nashville’s position as the healthcare industry capital generates more than 400,000 jobs and more than $70 billion in annual revenue, which makes it the city’s largest and fastest-growing employer.

It is estimated that by 2020, healthcare, which is also the fastest-growing industry in the country, will account for more than 20 percent of the nation’s GDP and will become the nation’s single largest expenditure at $4.6 trillion.

The affiliation with the national HIMSS organization allows members of the state chapters to participate in shaping the direction the industry will take, foster emerging technology and encourage public policies to improve healthcare delivery in their home states.

The Technology Forum, which took place during the Summit, gave participating vendors an opportunity to showcase the newest and most innovative healthcare data management technology from firms including Microsoft, CQ Media, IBM, and Aspect.

Membership in HIMSS is open to all healthcare professionals and offers a resource for critical exposure to innovations and opportunities to meet other leaders and creative thinkers in the healthcare technology space.

During the “Entrepreneurial HIT” panel, members were able to hear success stories from entrepreneurs who represented ParentalHealth, InQuicker, Primocare, Stratasan, and Friends4Cures.

Spotlight speaker to the group was local healthcare leader Ravi Chari, MD, vice president of Clinical Excellence and Clinical Services Group at HCA, who addressed the members on “Leading Change: New Healthcare Interactions and Models for Success.” Chari is charged with leading HCA through the innovative transformation to determine how physicians could leverage HIT to obtain the maximum clinical outcomes while maintaining optimal cost structures.

Justin Lanning, president of the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS, said, “From seminars on meaningful use to value-based purchasing and the accountable care organization initiative, 2010-2011 more than ever has highlighted the importance of a healthy partnership between the clinicians on the front lines of healthcare and HIT leaders throughout our nation.”