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Each year, as many as 98,000 deaths are caused by avoidable medical errors and, in 2003 alone, approximately $510 million was spent on ineffective care. At the same time, costs continue to rise-in 2003 and 2004, the average insurance premium rose 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively. And demographic trends forecast even more problems due to a population that is living longer and with a greater incidence of chronic disease.

Clearly, something has to change.

At the root of these problems is the lack of coordinated care. Seventy-five percent of all healthcare spending is spent on people with one or more chronic diseases, and these patients typically see more than four physicians each year for care. If the patient population that drives 75% of the cost is seeing multiple care providers, a collaborative model becomes imperative. Without a system of collaborative care in place, quality of care will be driven down as medical errors, duplicate testing and costs continue to increase.

The 2005 Get Connected Knowledge Forum will help facilitate education on how we can solve this problem and foster more collaborative care.

A Unique Event That Merges Healthcare Providers and RHIO Advocates in One Collaborative Setting

The 2005 Get Connected Knowledge Forum, sponsored by Healthvision, VHA and eHealth Initiative (eHI), is the premier event that will bring together attendees seeking information on how to build a Connected Healthcare Community (CHC) or Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) and visionary leaders that are either executing today or have a dream for transforming our healthcare system.

At this event, attendees will learn how to collaborate with healthcare systems and CHCs will better understand the role of this critical stakeholder in building a true connected community. The Get Connected Knowledge Forum will provide a "how-to" guide to help facilitate collaborative care, with real-life examples of solutions that exist in many of our communities today.

It will be an exciting and truly unique event-the first of its kind-to bring together those visionaries who are successfully executing the collaborative care model with healthcare community leaders that need answers, direction and inspiration.

  • CIOs
  • CEOs
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
Government Organizations
  • State HHS Departments
  • Federal HHS Representatives
  • QIOs
  • Public Health Organizations
  • Center for Medicaid Services (CMS)
Physician Organizations
  • IPAs
  • Medium to Small Physician Groups
Advocacy/Non-profit Groups


Our learning sessions are designed to present the detailed processes, techniques and strategies involved in developing a Connected Healthcare Community. Sessions are led by industry experts and key representatives from government.

  • Provide an overview of ongoing issues in healthcare reform and strategies related to health information exchange.
  • Give insight into federal and state-level initiatives currently impacting the field.
  • Define the roles and responsibilities of the provider, patient, and payor in utilizing health information technology to coordinate care across the community.
  • Tackle the issue of ROI through the use of case studies and proven solutions in the field.
  • Assess the role of health information technology in transforming health care through clinical process redesign, eRX, enhanced patient-provider communications, eConsultation and care management.

  • Assess varied technology models for building a health information infrastructure.
  • Analyze ongoing security issues specific to the community care model.
  • Describe the most recent advances on the Continuity of Care Record (CCR).

  • Examine sustainable funding models.
  • Present an overview of successful fund-raising techniques.
  • Tackle the complex issue of governance and board structure.
  • Provide insight into the role of federal and state governments in RHIO development.
  • Describe in detail the legal issues specific to the connected community model.

  • Present case studies showing how healthcare systems can use technology solutions to effectively manage care.
  • Provide insight into strategies for physician adoption of new technology.
  • Describe how information therapy can help to educate patients.
  • Demonstrate how new technologies such as secure messaging and eConsultation can effectively connect patients and providers.


Conference attendees will benefit from the opportunity to learn from and interact with the teams from successful RHIOs. A series of case study presentations will show how these groups have connected their communities and engaged providers to support community efforts.

The breakfast, lunch and session breaks provide additional networking opportunities to learn from and interact with the teams from successful RHIOs.


The event is being held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, just north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Nationally renowned as one of the newest premier resort properties in the country, guests will experience the best of the Lone Star State under the signature glass atrium where they can dine, shop, socialize and be entertained among four-and-a-half acres of lush indoor gardens. Guests can stroll around and experience the festive atmosphere of the San Antonio Riverwalk, explore the vast canyons of Texas Hill Country, view a rendition of the Alamo, and taste the Nuevo Latino creations of award winning Texas chef Stephan Pyles. Guest rooms are themed with various western dˇcor and all boast spectacular views of either Lake Grapevine or the atrium.

While most other RHIO events are held in Washington, DC and focus on policy and federal participation, the 2005 Get Connected Knowledge Forum provides a more central location, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, with a robust agenda that is sure to inspire and evoke change in the healthcare community.

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