Every day there is more information technology coming to physician practices. An educational session at the Medical Group Management Association 2011 Annual Conference, Oct. 23-26 in Las Vegas, will walk practice administrators through the basics of I.T., such as servers, SharePoint, business intelligence, SAAS, in-house, and other terms, applications and issues.

Administrators often are in charge of I.T., or handling some I.T. issues, and they need to know some of the basics, says presenter Brian Cabral, president and CEO at Datam Point LLC, a San Antonio-based consultancy. "They hear things but they don't know what they are. They're just going with what the vendors or I.T. guy tells them."

So, Cabral will define various terms and types of technologies, and tell how they are applied and the benefits. The goal, he says, is to get administrators comfortable talking about and handling technology issues. "When it comes down to it, they're holding the reins of technology available to them or being developed in the future," he says. "They need to be in the know because they're responsible for it."

Session D16: "Technology and You--Just Enough to be Dangerous," is scheduled at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. More information is available at mgma.com.


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