Dear Friend of Health and Patient Advocacy,
While we all wait to learn the results of the tremendous public debate on expanded health care and insurance reform, significant changes in the practice of medicine and delivery of health care are proceeding non-stop. Electronic health records are one example of how technology is transforming patient-provider interactions, but digitalization is also being applied to new devices and medical technologies. When combined with wireless communication, patient and diagnostic data can be uploaded from and sent to all locations with an Internet connection. For patients with chronic conditions anywhere or living in remote areas, this means vital signs and many health conditions can be monitored and reported without limitations of geography, transportation or time. But one more change is also quickly revolutionizing health care and that is genomic applications.
Now, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine has organized front-line developers and users of these new technologies in a ground-breaking two-day conference at the Natcher Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD to highlight how these changes are fostering true patient-centered care and creating a new “e-Patient” paradigm. The conference will also put the patient experience at the forefront of the presentations and consider the meaning of comparative effectiveness evaluation in a time of personalized health care.
Although the early registration deadline is past, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine is offering a 50% registration discount to personnel associated with nonprofit and patient advocacy organizations. You can review the entire ePatient program at http://www.fnlm.org, but to register at the $195 rate, please send an email requesting this special rate to Sarah Pease at email@example.com.
Thank you, and I hope to see you at FNLM’s ePatient conference on April 6-7, 2010.
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
P.S. Flash Update: Dr. David Blumenthal, the Administration’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has confirmed as keynote speaker. Other keynotes will be given by Susan Dentzer and Ewe Reinhardt as well as presentations by leaders in research, technology, industry, patient advocacy and other topics.