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Hopkins Hosts First Annual Conference on Information Technologies at the Point of Care

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
MEDIA CONTACT:  Gary Stephenson 410-955-5384
June 17, 2004

New technologies that are changing clinical decision making and patient care - right at the point where that care is delivered - will be explored at a conference on June 18 in the Turner Building of Johns Hopkins' East Baltimore campus.

The past decade or so has witnessed an explosion in so-called point of care technologies and approaches poised to alter the way health care is delivered and monitored. Instantly available patient information delivered to PDAs or laptops, for example, holds the promise of reducing adverse drug interactions, dosage errors, costs and paperwork, as well as monitoring the emergence of epidemics.

But with these new technologies comes confusion and uncertainty among users over integrating the technologies into existing practices. Experts from Hopkins and across the nation will meet to cut through some of the confusion and hype to rationally examine what these new technologies can realistically deliver, assess "success stories" and share lessons learned from various institutions using them.

The First Annual Conference on Information Technologies at the Point of Care is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Point of Care Information Technology office at
Topics and presenters include:
* Biomedical Informatics: Converting Science into Art; Kevin Johnson, M.D., Vanderbilt University
* Working with Patients as Partners at the Point of Care; Alegandro Jadad, M.D., D.Phil., FRCPC, University of Toronto
* Diffusion of Information Technology into Practice: Perspectives of Physicians and Patients; Daniel Ford, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
* Technology at the Quality and Patient Safety Interface: Are We Making Any Real Progress?; David Classen, M.D., First Consulting Group
* Technology's Role in Safety: Practical Approaches; Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
* Putting Public Health into Your "POC-IT"-Potential Applications of Point of Care Technology in Public Health; Arjun Srinivasan, M.D., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
If you wish to attend the conference, please contact Gary Stephenson at 410-955-5384 or 443-324-6726.  The Turner Building is located on the northwest corner of Monument Street and Rutland Avenue.