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SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute

Fourteenth Annual
SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute
Location: Lesar Law Building, 1150 Douglas Dr., Carbondale IL. Room 108

EHRs, EMRs, and Health Information Technology: To Meaningful Use and Beyond

May 18, 2012

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Health information technology (HIT) promises to transform the nation's health care system. Through the computerized, secure, and comprehensive management of health information, the goal is to provide patients better and safer health care more efficiently and at lower costs. With the enactment, in 2009, of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government sought to encourage hospitals, physicians, and other providers to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). In the initial phase, with $3.1 billion in incentive payments, some 2,000 hospitals and 41,000 physicians adopted EHR systems. The next phase will focus on the exchange of health information across the delivery system.

Challenges remain if HIT is to achieve a positive impact on health care quality, safety, and efficiency. Further, concerns persist about privacy and the security of sensitive patient health information in the emerging digital world.

The 2012 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)/Southern Illinois University (SIU) Health Policy Institute will examine the current status of HIT within the health care system, as well as look to the future as the drive to adopt and implement HIT continues.

Sponsored by:

Southern Illinois Healthcare
Southern Illinois University School of Law - Center for Health Law and Policy
School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities
Paul Simon Public Policy Institute
Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C



Welcome and Introductions

Cynthia L. Fountaine, Dean and Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Woody Thorne, Vice President, Community Affairs, Southern Illinois Healthcare

Morning Moderator:
W. Eugene Basanta, JD, LLM, Southern Illinois Healthcare Professor of Law, Professor of Medical Humanities, Director, Center for Health Law and Policy, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Framing HIT Implementation Beyond Meaningful Use: What We Know and Do Not Know about Effectiveness, Financing, Regulation and Liability Exposure
Nicolas Terry, BA (Hons) Law, LLM
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law


Informational Exceptionalism in Health Information Technology and the Ethics of Patient Control
Eric M. Meslin, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine

Lunch Presentation: HIT Expert Panel
(Supported by a grant from Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.)

David Donnersberger, MD, JD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
David Holland, BA, BS, VP for Information Technology, Southern Illinois Healthcare
Professor Garth V. Crosby, PhD, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


Afternoon Moderator:
Michele Mekel, JD, MHA, MBA, Assistant Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law; Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, Southern Illiniois University School of Medicine Department of Medical Humanities

The Federal Strategy for Advancing the Exchange of Health Information—Developing Policies and Standards Jodi Daniel, JD, MPH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Meaningful EHR Attributes for an Era of Accountability, Transparency, Shared Decision Making and Value Assessment
David Liebovitz, MD, Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine

Evaluation and Adjournment