Health information technology companies attend meeting in Chicago to compare their latest programs

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New healthcare reforms are pushing many hospitals and private practices to upgrade their medical record keeping systems so that they may receive federal incentives and avoid monetary penalties. As a result, many information technology companies are beginning to gear their services toward clinics.

For instance, many companies will be participating in the 12th annual Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise North America Connectathon (IHC) through January 21 in Chicago, to showcase new health information technologies.

The IHC is a global healthcare integration initiative that promotes data exchange among hospitals, public health institutions and physicians practices.

During the meeting, companies will participate in a series of real-time, practical scenarios. For instance, one program will involve an ambulatory event which uses a health management system to to deliver a patient’s medical records to the specialists who will be caring for them when they arrive to the hospital.

Furthermore, the meeting will help health institutions define accountable care and other quality reporting standards as well as show the benefits to the creation of the Nationwide Health Information Network.

“These proving grounds for the progression of interoperability and electronic health records have never been more paramount,” said Tee Green, Greenway president and CEO, who will be participating in the meeting.