March 6, 2020
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March 6, 2020

MN HIMSS and Minnesota e-Health Initiative Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

We are excited to announce that Cris Ross, Chief Information Officer of Mayo Clinic, will be our keynote speaker for our for this first ever collaborative conference: Beyond 2020 Vision: Create the Change on June 11, 2020 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center!

Now is the perfect opportunity to sponsor and exhibit at the event! Sponsoring and exhibiting is a fantastic way to connect with other health systems, vendors, and consultants to reach hundreds of Minnesota leaders and professionals from a range of settings who are making health information technology decisions and learning to leverage technology in new and exciting ways. Sponsorship information is online. A full prospectus will be available soon.

Updates and registration information will be posted to the MN HIMSS and Minnesota e-Health Initiative Conference webpage early spring.

2020 Innovator Awards First-Place Winning Team to Hennepin Healthcare

Hennepin Health, a safety-net accountable care organization (ACO) serving Medicaid patients in Minneapolis, was named as a first-place winner in Healthcare Innovation’s 2020 Innovator Awards Program for their leading edge work in addressing social determinants of health (SOD). Their work created change through a comprehensive, multi-layered initiative designed to properly address patients’ social needs that are leading contributors to high healthcare utilization, and then appropriately intervene with care management for certain underserved members. An analytics tool was created to comb through the electronic health record (EHR) for common risk factors indicating housing insecurity, including patient address corresponding with a homeless shelter, prior visits to Hennepin County Health Care for the Homeless, medical diagnoses of homelessness, and previous social assessments from across the health system. (2/27)

Many Faces of Community Health Conference Call for Presentations

Event planners for the Many Faces of Community Health Conference are seeking presenters experienced in working with populations from diverse communities that face significant health, social, and economic challenges. They are looking for abstracts for 60-minute oral presentations describing your practical, tested, culturally-appropriate strategies or promising practices that can be implemented in clinical or community settings. Deadline to submit is March 27, 2020. Detailed information is available on the Many Faces Conference webpage.

ONC Releases a Policy and Development Agenda

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the National Health IT Priorities for Research: A Policy and Development Agenda that articulates a vision of a health IT infrastructure that supports alignment between the clinical and research ecosystems. Developed in collaboration with federal partners and with input from stakeholders, the Agenda outlines nine priorities, including concrete steps that stakeholders can take to achieve that vision and enable research to happen more quickly and effectively. The vision put forward in the Agenda will enable researchers to pursue more complex questions and make faster, more reliable discoveries. (2/24)

As you continue to hear about COVID-19 in the news, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and coordinating entities are working hard to keep Minnesotans informed with reliable and up-to-date information. This information is found on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page of the MDH website.

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Updated Thursday, 02-Apr-2020 14:39:36 CDT