2005 Annual Conference

Key Speakers | Meeting Materials |

2005 Annual Patient Safety and Health Information Technology Conference:

June 6, 2005-June 10, 2005

Making the Health Care System Safer through Implementation and Innovation

Research funded by AHRQ in patient safety and health information technology is helping to revolutionize everyday clinical practice. The 2005 Annual Patient Safety and Health IT Conference offers exciting opportunities to learn how this research is being used to support health information exchange and reduce medical errors. You'll also get a "first look" at longer-term work in progress to develop the evidence base for widespread HIT adoption. This is the single most important meeting of the year for anyone interested in new and emerging research around patient safety and health IT implementation. Participants will include AHRQ grantees and contractors, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, health care researchers, quality improvement and risk assessment managers, and others committed to improving health care safety and quality. 

Key Speakers

Image of Michael O. LeavittMichael O. Leavitt

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

The application of technology is a passion for Sec. Leavitt. As Secretary of Health and Human Services, he is committed to unleashing the power of technology to improve the quality of care, reduce mistakes, and manage costs.

Mike Leavitt was sworn in as the 20th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on January 26, 2005. In this position, he leads national efforts to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services to those in need.

Prior to his current service, Leavitt served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Governor of Utah, an office to which he was elected three times.

Sec. Leavitt is widely recognized as a health care innovator and welfare reformer. In 1994, the Utah legislature passed Gov. Leavitt's "Healthprint," a comprehensive, incremental approach to health care improvement in the state. A decade later, Utah has more than 400,000 additional people with health insurance, marked increases in the number of children with health care coverage, dramatically improved immunization rates and per-capita health care costs 25 percent below the national average.

Leavitt earned a bachelor's degree in economics and business from Southern Utah University.

Image of David J. BrailerDavid J. Brailer, M.D., Ph.D.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Department of Health and Human Services 

Dr. Brailer is the first National Health Information Technology Coordinator, appointed by President Bush on May 6, 2004, to lead the deployment of health IT and help achieve substantial improvements in safety and efficiency.

A recognized expert in health care quality and efficiency, Dr. Brailer has focused much of his career on health IT and health systems management. Prior to his White House appointment, Dr. Brailer was a Senior Fellow at the Health Technology Center in San Francisco, CA, a non-profit research and education organization that provides strategic information and resources to health care organizations about the future impact of technology in health care delivery. At the Center, he advised a variety of regional and national data sharing projects. Dr. Brailer also served for ten years as Chairman and CEO of CareScience, Inc., a leading provider of care management services and Internet-based solutions that help reduce medical errors and improve physician and hospital-based performance. Dr. Brailer also designed and oversaw development of one of the nation's first community-based health information exchanges in Santa Barbara County, CA. Dr. Brailer earned his medical. degree at West Virginia University and his Ph.D. in managerial economics at The Wharton School.

Image of Carolyn ClancyCarolyn Clancy, M.D.

Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Department of Health and Human Services 

A clinical researcher and a practicing internist, Dr. Clancy was named Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on February 5, 2003. Until recently, she directed AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research.

From 1984 to 1990, Dr. Clancy was an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Medical Clinic at the Medical College of Virginia, and currently is associate clinical professor at George Washington University's Department of Medicine. Her health services research priorities include quality, access, and the impact of delivery system changes. Her medical specialties include primary care medicine and women's health.

Dr. Clancy has authored and co-authored six medical books, published widely in peer-reviewed medical journals, presented multiple research papers at academic conferences, and spoken to diverse audiences and the media on health care issues.

Dr. Clancy holds a bachelor's of science (B.S.), magna cum laude, in math and chemistry from Boston College, and a doctorate of medicine (M.D.) from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.

Image of Reed V. TucksonReed V. Tuckson, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Consumer Health and Medical Care Advancement
UnitedHealth Group 

As Senior Vice President of Consumer Health and Medical Care Advancement for UnitedHealth Group, Dr. Tuckson works with business groups to create new health care systems, enhance patient-physician relationships, improve medical care quality, and help people maximize their health.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group in 2000, Dr. Tuckson served as Senior Vice President, Professional Standards, for the American Medical Association (AMA). In this capacity, he oversaw the areas of medical education, ethics, science, technology and public health, and quality/managed care.

He was President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles from 1991 to 1997, and served as Senior Vice President for Programs of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation from 1990 to 1991. From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Tuckson was the Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.

Recently, Dr. Tuckson was appointed to the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. A graduate of Howard University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Tuckson trained as an intern, resident, and fellow in General Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Meeting Materials

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Patient Safety (Monday, June 6 - Tuesday, June 7)
  • Robert M. Wachter, M.D. (PDF, 5.6 MB)
    Professor of Medicine and Chief of Medical Service, UCSF Medical Center
Plenary Sessions (Wednesday, June 8)
Health IT (Thursday, June 9 - Friday, June 10)
  • Public Trust in Health IS: Handling Privacy, Security and Related Issues
    • Building a Culture of Confidentiality and Security 
      •  Kathleen McCormick Presentation (PPT, 371 KB)
  • Coordinating Care Using IT and Telehealth
    • Managing Clinical Handoffs Across Care Settings 
      • Gail Keenan Presentation (PPT, 2.13 MB)
  • Funding and Managing Health IT Projects
    • Managing Health IT in the Real World: Challenges and Solutions 
      •  Donald Crandall Presentation (PPT, 849 KB)
    • Funding Health IT, Government Foundation and Payer Perspectives
      • Stephen Downs Presentation (PPT, 1.09 MB)
      • Lammot DuPont Presentation (PPT, 830 KB)