Some educational sessions at HIMSS11 in Orlando are designed to be interactive group discussions on a variety of information technology and management topics. Ten of these roundtable sessions are grouped in a block spanning all four days of the main conference. Among the sessions:

* Joseph Miller, director of e-business at AmeriHealth Mercy, will facilitate discussion on vendor readiness for the ICD-10 code sets. Issues on the table include defining key software components that require changes, questions to ask vendors to assess their readiness and identifying vendor compliance risks.

* A workshop will teach the new rules of getting a better health I.T. job and advancing career potential. Dan DeMaioNewton, director of strategy at Monster Worldwide, will lead the workshop. He’ll cover the hottest opportunities and where the competition is the weakest, effective use of social networking, building the perfect resume, and nailing an interview, among other issues. The four-hour workshop also will give opportunities to speak with recruiters and health I.T. employers, to learn how to gain a competitive advantage and get inside opportunities.

* Robert Noecker, M.D., vice chair of information technology at UPMC Eye Center, will discuss clinician and staff appraisals of a newly implemented electronic health records system in an ambulatory setting. He’ll talk about early perceptions on proficiency of the system and its effect on practice efficiency and care quality.

All 10 roundtable sessions are spelled out at

--Joseph Goedert

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