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PRESS RELEASE: There is Still Time to Register for the Health Information Technology Event of the Summer: The HIT Symposium at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The Only in Depth Executive Education Event on Health Information Technology in the United States
  • Sponsored by Health Affairs and Harvard Health Policy Review in conjunction with the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation and Center for eBusiness
  • Symposium Sessions Held at MIT's Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences
  • July 17 - 21, 2006, Cambridge Marriott, Cambridge, MA
Phone: 800-684-4549

CAMBRIDGE, MA USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- JULY 5, 2006: There is still time to register for the HIT event of the summer, the Health Information Technology Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,, July 17 - 21, 2006.


The HIT Symposium at MIT offers the following categories of continuing education credits: ACCME, ACPE, ANCC/CA BRN, AHIMA, HCCB, CPHIMS, MCLE and NASBA.


In Association with

of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Registrants may participate in any of the following optional activities that are available on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 5:30 pm: Tour of MIT Campus, Charles River Sunset Cruise (limited availability) or Play MIT Sloan Business School Beer Game (limited availability).

Registrants may go on a Charles River Boat Cruise. Join us on the Henry Longfellow for a lovely cruise up and down the Charles River for beautiful views of Boston and Cambridge from a unique vantage point. The 2-hour cruise around the Charles River Basin will include the historic sights of Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, MIT and Harvard as you cruise past countless sailboats and rowers. With any luck at all, the weather will cooperate and the sunset will be fantastic. The ship will take on and leave off passengers at the MIT Sailing Pavilion conveniently located less than four blocks from the conference. Light hors d'euvres and cash bar will be available.

The MIT Sloan Business School Beer Game is a role-playing simulation developed at MIT to clarify the advantages of taking an integrated approach to managing the supply chain. In particular, it demonstrates the value of sharing information across the various supply chain components. Our reason for offering this game to Health IT Symposium attendees is to give participants a realistic simulation of how analogies can be drawn to communication in the health care domain. In this exercise, four teams of eight will be faced with the following scenario: Consider a simplified beer supply chain, consisting of a single retailer, a single wholesaler which supplies the retailer, a single distributor which supplies the wholesaler, and a single factory with unlimited raw materials which makes (brews) the beer and supplies the distributor. Each component in the supply chain has unlimited storage capacity, and there is a fixed supply lead time and order delay time between each component. Each week (or in our case, each iteration of the simulation), every component in the supply chain tries to meet the demand of the downstream component. The goal of the retailer, wholesaler, distributor, and factory, is to minimize total cost, either individually, or for the system. It is hard, but it is also fun! The reward for the winning team is, of course, ice cold beer - plus the notoriety of announcing the members of the winning team the following day at the Health IT Symposium.

Student-led tours of the MIT campus can be very revealing. Start your tour right at the Stata Center - the newest building on campus, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry - and explore the other varied sites of the campus. See just how long the "Infinite Corridor" is; view the original photographs of Doc Edgerton, the father of high speed strobe photography; watch others exercise in the new, state-of-the-art sports facility; take pictures of your friends beneath the huge pillars at the grand entrance to MIT; and peek into the nooks and crannies that only a student-led tour can uncover.


Special rates of $209/single and double, per night, plus tax, have been arranged at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel and use the conference code "HIT" to receive the reduced rate. Reservations will be accepted until Monday, June 26, 2006. After the cut-off date, reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis.

    Hyatt Regency Cambridge
    575 Memorial Drive
    Cambridge, MA 02139
Masanori Akiyama, MD, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Director, Medical Informatics/Internal Medicine, International Medical Center of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
President, Margret\A Consulting, LLC, Adjunct Faculty in Health Informatics, College of St. Scholastica, Former Executive Director, Computer-based Patient Record Institute, and Former Associate Executive Director, AHIMA, Schaumburg, IL
Mark R. Anderson, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Healthcare IT Futurist, and Chief Executive Officer, AC Group, Inc., Montgomery, TX
Geoffrey B. Baker
Chief Executive Officer and President, Med-Vantage, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Douglas S. Bell, MD, Ph.D.
Senior Natural Scientist, RAND, Assistant Professor, Division of Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Karen M. Bell, MD, MMS
Acting Deputy National Coordinator and Director, Office of Health IT Adoption, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
A. John Blair, III, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Taconic IPA, Inc., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MedAllies, Wappingers Falls, NY
William R. Braithwaite, MD, Ph.D.
"Doctor HIPAA", Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, eHealth Initiative, Former Senior Advisor on Health Information Policy, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Paul Browne
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Trinity Health, Novi, MI
Catharine Burt, Ed.D.
Chief of the Ambulatory Care Statistics Branch, Division of Health Care Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD
Robert M. Cothren Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, Health Solutions, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Falls Church, VA
Molly Joel Coye, MD, MPH
Founder and President, Health Technology Center Board Member, CalRHIO, Former Director, California Department of Health Services, Former New Jersey Commissioner of Health, San Francisco, CA
Greg DeBor
Partner, Global Health Solutions, Computer Sciences Corporation, Waltham, MA
Ted DellaVecchia
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Owings Millls, MD
Carol Diamond, MD, MPH
Managing Director of the Health Program, The Markle Foundation, and Chair, Connecting for Health, New York, NY
Jessica DiLorenzo
Program and Operations Leader, Bridges to Excellence, eHealth Initiative, Schenectady, NY
Douglas Emery, MD
Director, Payment Policy, eHealth Initiative, Washington, DC
Lori Evans, MPH
Managing Director, Manatt Health Solutions, Former Senior Advisor, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Washington, DC
Mary Jo Flynn, RN
Audit Services, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Minneapolis, MN
Maria A. Friedman, DBA
Senior Adviser, Office of eHealth Standards and Security, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Baltimore, MD
Mark Frisse, MD, MBA, MSc
Director, Regional Health Initiatives, Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, Nashville, TN
Robert S. Galvin, MD, MBA
Director, Global Healthcare, General Electric Company, Founding Member, The Leap Frog Group, Vice Chair, Washington Business Group on Health, Fairfield, CT
Daniel T. Garrett
Vice President and Managing Partner, Global Health Solutions, Computer Sciences Corporation, Berwyn, PA
Janlori Goldman
Director, Health Privacy Project, Research Scholar, Center on Medicine as a Profession, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY
Richard Granger
Director General, Information Technology, National Health Service, London, United Kingdom
Lori L. Hack, MBA
Interim Chief Executive Officer, CalRHIO, San Francisco, CA
John D. Halamka, MD, MS
Chief Information Officer, CareGroup Healthcare System, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
W. Michael Heekin, JD, MBA
Chair, Florida Governor's Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board
Amy Helwig, MD
Medical Director, Clinical Strategy and Policy, eHealth Initiative and Foundation, Washington, DC
Eugene D. Hill, III
General Partner, SV Life Sciences, Boston, MA
Richard Hillestad, Ph.D.
Senior Management Scientist, and Head of the Management Sciences Group, RAND, Santa Monica, CA
Gerry Hinkley, Esq.
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, San Francisco, CA
Kevin Hutchinson
President and Chief Executive Officer, SureScripts, Alexandria, VA
LeRoy Jones
Program Manager, Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), American National Standards Institute, New York, NY
Charles Kennedy, MD
Vice President, Clinical Informatics, WellPoint, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA
Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC
David Kibbe, MD, MBA
Director, Center for Health Information Technology, American Academy of Family Physicians, Chapel Hill, NC
Sarah Hudson Scholle, Dr. PH, MPH
Assistant Vice President, Research and Analysis, NCQA, Washington, DC
Shannah Koss
Director, Health Information Technology Practice, Avalere Health, Washington, DC
Missy Krasner, MA
Former Senior Advisor, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, San Francisco, CA
Gilad J. Kuperman MD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director of Quality Informatics, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Steven E. Labkoff, MD, FACP
Director, Healthcare Informatics, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, New York, NY
Steven S. Lazarus, Ph.D., CPEHR, CPHIT, FHIMSS
President, Boundary Information Group, Past Chair, WEDI, Former Executive, Medical Group Management Association, Denver, CO
Mark Leavitt, MD, Ph.D.
Chair, Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology, Medical Director, HIMSS, Chicago, IL
Jason Lee, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Policy, National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, Washington, DC
Janet Marchibroda
Chief Executive Officer, eHealth Initiative and Executive Director, Foundation for eHealth Initiative and Connecting for Health, Washington, DC
Dave Matheson
Senior Vice President, Boston Consulting Group, Boston, MA
Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc
Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development, Partners HealthCare, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Robert H. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Economics, Institute for Health and Aging, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Julie Vaughan Murchinson, MBA
Co-founder and Principal, Object Health, San Francisco, CA
Ivo Nelson
Healthcare Industry Leader, Global and Americas, IBM, Former Chief Executive Officer, Healthlink, White Plains, NY
Richard A. Norling, MA, MHA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Premier, Inc., Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Fairview Hospital and Health System, San Diego, CA
William D. O'Leary
Director of Health and Human Services, Microsoft Corporation, U.S. Public Sector, Redmond, WA
J. Marc Overhage, MD, Ph.D., FACP, FACMI
President and Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Health Information Exchange, Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Senior Investigator, Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis, IN
Herbert Pardes, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Eric Poon, MD
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Michael E. Porter, MBA, Ph.D.
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA
Pamela J. Pure
Executive Vice President, McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Mitt Romney (D) (Invited)
Governor of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Michael Samuhel, Ph.D.
Senior Research Statistician, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
Daniel Z. Sands, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Faculty, Harvard/MIT, Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Boston, MA
Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, Ph.D.
Rolf H. Scholdager Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
Steven R. Simon, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Boston, MA
Peter P. Swire
C. William O'Neill Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University, Former Chief Counselor, Office of Management & Budget, Office of the President of the United States, Washington, DC
Peter Szolovits, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Paul C. Tang, MD
Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Chairman of the Board, American Medical Informatics Association, Palo Alto, CA
Micky Tripathi, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, Boston, MA
Glen L. Urban, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing, Chairman, Center for eBusiness, and Former Dean, Sloan School of Management, Co-author, Digital Marketing Strategy, Design and Marketing of New Products, Advanced Marketing Strategy, and Management Science in Marketing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
David Verrill
Executive Director, Center for eBusiness, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
C. Peter Waegemann
Chief Executive Officer, Medical Records Institute, Boston, MA
James M. Walker, MD
Chief Healthcare Information Officer, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA
Scott Wallace, JD, MBA
Chair, Commission on Systemic Interoperability, President and Chief Executive Officer, The National Alliance for Health Information Technology, Chicago, IL
Marcy Wilder, Esq.
Partner, Hogan & Hartson LLP, Former Deputy General Counsel, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
Scott Young, MD
Director for Health Information Technology, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
Hugh Zettel
Director, Government and Industry Relations, GE Healthcare Integrated IT Solutions, Director, EHR-VA Association, Waukesha, WI

For further registration information, go to, call 800-684-4549, email or write:

    HIT Symposium Registration
    7790 Barberry Ave.
    Yucca Valley, CA USA 92284

For sponsorship and exhibit information, go to, call 800-546-3750, email, or write:

    HIT Symposium Exhibitors/Sponsors
    100 North 20th Street, 4th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103