Learn About Meaningful Use Health Dec. 15 at Noblis
FALLS CHURCH – A leading official in the field of medicine and health information technology will speak at Noblis Dec. 15 at a free breakfast meeting sponsored by the Northern Virginia Technology Council‘s Health Techonology Committee.
Dr. John Loonsk, chief medical officer for CGI Federal, will speak on “Prerequisites for Meaningful Health IT.” Loonsk was the Director for Interoperability and Standards within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services. The talk will address electronic medical records as they relate to federal stimulus legislation and proposed healthcare reform. Questions include:
- Can the proposed new federal health information technology programs change the traditionally misaligned incentives in health IT?
- Are health insurance reform and other changes needed for truly successful use of health IT?
Dr. Loonsk will put the current federal initiatives in perspective and will identify some of the critical infrastructure components needed to make meaningful health IT outcomes possible. A question and answer discussion will follow.
About Dr. Loonsk
In 2009, John was appointed Chief Medical Officer for CGI in the United States. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Loonsk is the strategic lead for CGI’s efforts to help implement a nationwide health information technology infrastructure to serve the needs of the healthcare providers, government and the public.
Most recently, he held the position of Director of Interoperability and Standards in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In this role, Dr. Loonsk led the architecture of the Nationwide Health Information Network and advanced the interoperability processes of the American Health Information Community. The latter work included developing the Health Information Technology Standards Panel and advancing the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
Previously, Dr. Loonsk served as Associate Director for Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, he led the creation of the Public Health Information Network. Dr. Loonsk was also instrumental in designing the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, initiating the BioSense program, responding to the national challenges of the Anthrax attacks, West Nile Disease, and SARS, as well as advancing the field of Public Health Informatics at the CDC and nationally.
Dr. Loonsk is a Fellow in the College of the American College of Medical Informatics. He is also a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems and the Health Information and Management Systems Society. Before his work in public health, Dr. Loonsk served as Assistant Dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He received his medical training at the State University of New York at Buffalo after graduating from John’s Hopkins University.
The meeting, sponsored by the NVTC Health Technology Committee, is December 15, 2009 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the auditorium at Noblis, 3150 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church. There is no cost; breakfast is free. RSVP to Mike Norris at email@example.com or call 703-714-9568. Everyone is welcome. However, non-NVTC members are limited to attendance at two meetings, after which they must join NVTC to continue their participation.