All health professionals can find issues they want to learn more about during 10 symposia being held during the weekend before the start of the HIMSS 2010 Conference & Exhibition, March 1-4 in Atlanta.

The HIE Symposium on Feb. 28, for instance, offers seven sessions exploring various aspects of health information exchanges. It includes a panel discussion with four officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. They will review the health information technology provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including meaningful use incentives and support for health care reform and the national HIT agenda.

Speakers from CMS include Richard Friedman, director of the division of state systems, and Jessica Pollak Kahn, technical director for health IT. ONC speakers are Chris Muir, senior program analyst, and Matthew Kendall, senior advisor.

Other pre-HIMSS symposia cover physician and nursing issues, clinical engineering, payers, pharmacies, supply chain management, financial systems and personal health records. Of note: Henry Chao, chief technology officer at CMS, will present the keynote at the financial systems symposium, "Follow the Money - Healthcare Reform and Financial Systems Implications."

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