Bryan addresses the Office of Health Information Technology’s Digital Health Summit

Governor Bryan and Lieutenant Governor Roach attended a reception at Government House in St. Thomas hosted by OHIT Executive Director Michelle Francis and attended by staff from the Public Consulting Group, one of main sponsors of the Digital Health Summit. (Photo submitted)

The Governor’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) hosted its first Digital Health Summit July 26-27 at the Charles Turnbull Regional Library in St. Thomas and brought together more than 20 leading companies international and national health informatics organizations, who sponsored the event and showcased their solutions to summit attendees.

Speakers also came from across the country from organizations such as Google, Public Consulting Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Howard University, Blue Cirrus Consulting, Microsoft, Meditech, Zane Technologies, CRISP Shared Services, Prince Georges County Health Department, CommHIT, Audacious Survey, Office of the National Coordinator, Foley and Lardner, Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), viNGN and the Bureau of Information Technology.

The governor is addressing the Office of Health Information Technology’s Digital Health Summit in St. Thomas this week.

Additional representatives from various local and federal government organizations, as well as private sector leaders, converged on the library to discuss the advancement of telemedicine, challenges and needs related to interoperability and the secure exchange of data, and the advent of the USVI Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the territory.

The goal of the summit was to equip healthcare providers and professionals with the information, access to resources and subject matter experts to navigate the changing healthcare IT landscape and make informed decisions. that will transform the way health care is delivered in the territory thanks to secure technologies.

Bryan established the Office of Health Information Technology in 2021 and it is led by Chief Executive Michelle Francis.

“The Office of Health Information Technology is a key part of the Bryan-Roach administration’s ‘Healthier Horizons’ initiative to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare choices and resources available to residents. of the Virgin Islands,” Bryan said.

OHIT Executive Director Michelle Francis interviews Public Consulting Group’s Fred Forrer on a special edition of Government House’s ‘The Press Box’. (photo sent)

According to the governor’s executive order: “The Office of Health Informatics will serve as the hub for innovative and transformative health information, technology resources and solutions across USVI to improve health and well-being. residents of the Virgin Islands. The overall goals of the Office of Health Informatics are guided by the mission of the Health Informatics Task Force Plan: to design and implement an integrated health care system that uses health informatics technologies. health information to improve the health and well-being of residents of the United States Virgin Islands. »

The summit’s keynote speaker was Dr. Ernest Carter, Director of Health for the Prince George’s County Health Department in Maryland. Dr. Carter pioneered the first telehealth module at USVI in the 1990s and is the Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) Health Officer with over 38 years of experience in direct patient care. patients, more than 25 years of experience in the fields of telemedicine and health informatics, as well as more than seven years in public health.

Dr. Ernest Carter, Director of Health for Maryland’s Prince George’s County Health Department, was the keynote speaker at the Digital Health Summit. (photo sent)

Carter was chairman of the pediatrics department at Washington Adventist Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. He holds a BA in Physics from Harvard College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

As well as providing updates on the progress of HIE and interoperability in general, the summit was an engaging, thought-provoking and informative event with enthusiastic responses from attendees.

Other notable presenters attending the inaugural USVI Digital Health Summit 22 included swyMed, Redmane, eClinicalWorks, Gainwell, Cognosante, UVI and UVI CERT and UVI CELL, Schneider Regional Medical Center, Juan Luis Hospitals, Amazon Local Technology Partner, Frederiksted Health Centers, St Thomas East End Medical Centre, Department of Labour, Department of Health and Department of Social Services.

“This summit provided a critical opportunity for two-way education. Not only did we learn from the experts coming to our shores, but we also informed our guests about the unique health informatics challenges, resources and opportunities present in the Caribbean,” said Francis.

“The Bureau brings together all the stakeholders needed to create coalitions, partnerships and alliances that can drive innovation and achieve real healthcare transformation for the public good. This inaugural summit was significant in many ways. Not only are we meeting in person while streaming live, but we are bringing a first of its kind summit to the territory. The summit aimed to build on both past progress and failures to chart a course to address the unprecedented challenges faced with COVID-19,” she said.

The event was streamed live on the OHIT Facebook page and was also available each evening on the Government House YouTube page.

For more information, visit the Office of Health Information Technology website: www.ohitusvi.com/summit and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ohitusvi for details, downloadable materials or review sessions.

The Bryan-Roach administration is investing in the territory’s people, infrastructure, and future through transparency, stabilizing the economy, restoring trust in government, and ensuring that stimulus projects are completed on as quickly as possible. Visit https://transparency.vi.gov.

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