2018 PHI Conference: Sneak Peek at Plenary and Town Hall Sessions

With the plenary and town hall sessions set, we’re pleased to introduce you to the diverse set of plenary and town hall speakers who will provide a big-picture overview of how public health and its cross-sector partners are engaging in efforts to connect systems and people to improve population health. There’s something for everyone at the 2018 PHI Conference. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from your peers, hear from thought leaders, discover new solutions, and get inspired about how to “Connect Systems and People to Improve Population Health.” REGISTER today!

Plenary 1 – Connecting People: Building and Strengthening Partnerships across Sectors
Tuesday, August 21 (8:00-10:00am)

Leveraging electronic data for population health improvement requires the engagement of public health practitioners and representatives from other critical sectors such as information technology, education, healthcare, law, law enforcement, business, academia, housing, social services, and transportation. Cultivating skills and partnerships among the workforce is essential for bridging distinct disciplines and catalyzing collaboration to respond to today’s challenges and opportunities, and prepare for those of tomorrow. This session will highlight how individuals from different agencies and companies have moved beyond the boundaries of their professions to harness electronic data from traditional and non-traditional sources and foster a healthier, more equitable society.

Town Hall 1 – Key Principles Guiding CDC’s Public Health Data Strategy & IT Modernization
Tuesday, August 21 (3:00-4:00pm)

This session will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and partners hear more about CDC’s Public Health Data Strategy and IT Modernization activities. Important to this session will be a discussion of the key principles guiding these related efforts and their ability to improve the use of data and technology as strategic assets that lead to more informed decisions and healthier lives.

Plenary 2 – Connecting Systems: Facilitating Electronic Information Exchange
Wednesday, August 22 (8:00-10:00am)

Technology has continued to drive innovation and the development of products that acquire, store, compute, and exchange vast amounts of electronic data with the potential to inform population health improvement efforts. Sharing and coalescing these data – particularly in an automated, interoperable, and secure manner – remains a work in progress, but novel approaches can offer insights on how separate data sources can join to facilitate electronic information exchange. This plenary will highlight existing and potential efforts to integrate technology and information systems with the ultimate intent of enhancing the delivery of public health programs and services.

Town Hall 2 – Forging a Path to Interoperability with the Trusted Exchange Framework
Wednesday, August 22 (3:00-4:00pm) 

The 21st Century Cures Act calls for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to, “…develop or support a trusted exchange framework for trust policies and practices and for a common agreement for exchange between health information networks.” The draft Trusted Exchange Framework, released earlier this year, outlines the principles and minimum required terms and conditions for trusted exchange that enables greater interoperability. This town hall will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and partners to engage with the ONC about the draft Trusted Exchange Framework, including aims, current status, and stages of implementation.

Plenary 3 – Connecting Systems and People for the Future of Population Health: Where Do We Go From Here?
Thursday, August 23 (10:30am-12:00pm)

To advance population health, public health and its cross-sector partners must strengthen their ability to quickly and effectively gather and apply data to improve health outcomes. The closing plenary will highlight the critical role of public health in supporting population health and present a call to action for the field to: strengthen the informatics capabilities of the public health workforce; leverage data and build synergy with healthcare; and explore how public health informatics can become the enabler of health across the spectrum of care.

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