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Improving healthcare

A recent editorial in the American Journal of Medical Quality called for health care quality improvements through medical education. That will be a goal of the statewide CSOHIMSS (Central & Southern Ohio Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society) fall conference held at Columbus State.

Medical AssistingOther organizations include: Northern Ohio HIMSS, Columbus State Community College, the Ohio Health Information Partnership, HealthBridge, eHealth Ohio and 22 health information technology vendors.

Achieving Healthcare Quality – The Next Frontier is the theme of the event that will bring nearly 200 health care professionals, educators and students together. Specific areas of focus will include quality measure standards, patient-centered medical homes, Beacon Communities, eligible providers and hospitals, and other quality initiatives to improve patient health care.

The conference will provide Columbus State health care students with a front-row seat to issues impacting the industry. Columbus State programs include Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Hygiene, EMS, Mental Health/Addiction, Nuclear Medicine Tech, Radiography, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology.

The conference will be of particular interest to students in the recently-added Health IT program. In just two years, 300 students have completed a certificate in the Health Information Technology (HIT) program with 82 expected to finish early next year. HIT students are employed at hospitals throughout the state, at the Ohio Department of Health and at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Keynote speakers are Dr. John Halamka, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-chair of the National HIT Standards Committee, and Bonnie Cassidy, vice president of HIM (Health Information Management) Innovation for Nuance.

The conference will be held October 12 from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Columbus State Conference Center in the Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus. Remote locations via teleconference will be at Kent State University and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.