Solutions for a New Century

imageThe still of this year’s winter was shattered by profound events that will direct the future of American medicine. Falling outside the traditional “volts and jolts” universe of healthcare technology management, these developments in bioengineering and organizational awareness are either a fantastic opportunity for the industry – an opportunity as great as the electrical safety issues of the 1970s – or the beginning of biomed’s spiral into healthcare oblivion. This prompted the organizers of HealthTech 2001 to add new presentations that will hopefully inspire and broaden the horizons of industry leaders attending the April 22-25 conference in Cleveland.

A historic marker that appeared this year on healthcare’s roadside was the revelation that the human genome had been successfully mapped. To explain this event and the technology required to make it so, HealthTech invited the president and chief executive officer of NetGenics, Inc., Manuel J. Glynias, to deliver the opening address to HealthTech attendees at 9:00 AM Monday morning.

Manuel GlyniasGlynias has been involved in both commercial and research applications of bioinformatics software for the past 15 years, beginning in 1986 when he developed MacGene, one of the first sequence analysis programs. Glynias will offer his insights on the effect information technology has had, and will increasingly have, on the understanding of human diseases and on the identification of new molecular targets for drug discovery.

Anyone following the Human Genome Project will certainly look with awe at the possibilities this newly extrapolated data provides us. But amid the popular coverage, there was little mention of the need to process and assimilate the terabytes of public data mixed with terabytes of private data created during the investigations. It continues to be a data mining problem unlike any we have ever seen, and Glynias will discuss how innovative bioinformatics and cheminformatics software is making sense of it all.

On Tuesday at 9:00 AM, the HealthTech 2001 audience will hear from James B. Battles, Ph.D., Senior Service Fellow in the Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality — the organization given money and a mandate to reform the application of technology in American medicine. Battles’ topic: “Doing What Counts for Patient Safety: Federal Actions to Reduce Errors and Their Impact — So, What Exactly Have We Done?”

In response to the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System,” the Federal government, through the Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force, initiated a number of activities to address the problem of preventable medical errors. Battles will outline these activities, update their status and discuss, in particular, the role of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) which serves as the lead for QuIC. These projects returned to the forefront of public attention in February, when the Institute of Medicine issued a new report that demanded an additional $1 billion be appropriated to AHRQ to fund public and private technology integration efforts.

David FrancoeurIn addition to safety, the science of organizational psychology can be applied to many other areas of technology management, including the most important resource — people. David E. Francoeur, vice president at Fisher Consulting Services, will explore how an examination of career goals benefits managers and technicians alike in Monday morning’s presentation, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

Francoeur will discuss how healthcare technology offers many career directions for the individual, and through example will show how a person can determine which is best with aptitude testing, self-assessment and career counseling. For chiefs, Francoeur will examine techniques to organize and direct a stronger technology management tribe.

And speaking of tribes, the Cleveland Indians will be home at Jacobs Field facing the Tigers on Sunday afternoon and the Angels on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Tickets are hard to get, so call the club at (888) 70-TRIBE as soon as possible.

Exhibitor List
as of March 1

512    Akron Therapy Products / Electro- Medical Equipment
804    American College of Clinical Engineering
606    American I.V. Products, Inc.
201    Ampronix, Inc.
504    Astea International
304    BAPCO / Sencore
506    BBC Lighting
210    BC Group International, Inc.
604    Bio-Tek Instruments
812    BioTronics Inc.
711    CPI Canada, Inc.
605    Datex-Ohmeda
718    DITEC, Inc.
105    DNI Nevada, Inc.
209    Dunlee
715    EMCON CMA, Inc.
112    Encore Technologies
716    Enhanced Imaging Technologies
516    Express Systems & Parts Network, Inc.
615    Florida International Medical Expo
101    Four Rivers Software
709    Genesis Technology Partners
806    HealthTech Publishing Company
712    Huestis Medical
603     International Paper
218    Karl Storz Endoscopy
411    Magnetic Resonance Technologies, Inc.
305    MedEquip Biomedical
705    Medrad
211    MedServ International
311    Metrix
404    Metron
510    Modern Biomedical Services
610    Netech Corporation
315    NovaMed Corp.
518    Omega Management Corp.
412    Premise Development Corporation
310    Quest International Inc.
212    Replacement Parts Industries
505    Reset MD
103    RSTI
216    Service 800
811    ServiceMaster
815    Service Industry Association
110    St. Croix Systems
206    Stephens International
109    Technology in Medicine
803    TLD Concepts
309    TMA Systems
503    TriMedx
410    UltraServ, Inc.

How to Register
Call (401) 455-0555 for more information on HealthTech 2001 or visit our Web site at www.healthtechnet.com  to view the complete Conference Program.