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Bryan to speak at the Office of Health Information Technology Digital Health Summit

Governor Brian and Lt. Governor Roach attended a reception at the Government House in St. Thomas hosted by OHIT Executive Director Michelle Francis and attended by a team from Public Consulting Group, a major sponsor of the Digital Health Summit. (submitted photo)

The Governor’s Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) will host its first Digital Health Summit on July 26-27 at the Charles Turnbull Regional Library in St. Thomas, bringing together more than 20 leading international and national health IT companies. Collected. We exhibited our solutions to the summit attendees.

Speakers from across the country include 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, and Audacious. I jumped in. Inquiries can be made to the Office of the National Coordinator, Foley and Lardner, the Electronic Health Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), viNGN, and the Office of Information Technology.

The Governor will speak at the Office of Health Information Technology Digital Health Summit in St. Thomas this week.

Additional representatives from various local and federal government organizations and private sector leaders will gather at the library to discuss advances in telemedicine, challenges and needs related to interoperability and secure data exchange, and the USVI Health Information Exchange (HIE). ) within the region.

The purpose of the Summit is to provide providers and healthcare professionals with information, access to resources, and access to experts to navigate the evolving healthcare IT landscape and make informed decisions to improve safety. to transform the way healthcare is delivered in the community through smart technology.

Bryan will establish the Office of Health Information Technology in 2021, led by Executive Director Michelle Francis.

“The Office of Health Information Technology is a key component of Bryan-Roach Administration’s ‘Healthier Horizons’ initiative to significantly improve the quality of health care options and resources available to Virgin Islanders,” said Bryan. said Mr.

OHIT Executive Director Michelle Francis interviews Fred Forrer of Public Consulting Group for a special edition of the Government House program “The Press Box”. (Submitted photo)

According to the governor’s executive order, “The Department of Health IT will serve as the core of innovative and transformative health information, technology resources and solutions across the USVI to improve the health and wellness of Virgin Islanders. The overarching goals of the Office of Health IT are guided by the mission of the Health IT Workgroup Plan, which uses health information technology to create an integrated health system that improves the health and wellness of residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands. to design and implement.”

The summit keynote speaker was Dr. Ernest Carter, Chief Health Officer, Prince George County Health Department, Maryland. Dr. Carter said that in the 1990s he initiated the first telemedicine module at the USVI, with over 38 years of experience in direct patient care and over 25 years of experience in the field of telemedicine. I am a Health Officer at the County Health Department (PGCHD). and 7+ years in Health IT, and Public Health.

Dr. Ernest Carter, Chief Health Officer, Prince George County Health Department, Maryland, was a keynote speaker at the Digital Health Summit. (Submitted photo)

Carter has served as Chief of Pediatrics at Washington Adventist Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. He has a BS in Physics from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard Medical School. He holds a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to providing updates on progress on HIE and interoperability in general, the summit was an engaging, thought-provoking and informative event with enthusiastic responses from attendees.

Other notable presenters at the inaugural USVI Digital Health Summit 22 include swyMed, Redmane, eClinicalWorks, Gainwell, Cognosante, UVI and UVI CERT and UVI CELL, Schneider Regional Medical Center, Juan Luis Hospitals, Amazon’s Local Technology Partners, Frederiksted Health Centers, St. Thomas East End Medical Center, Department of Labor, Department of Health, Department of Human Services.

“The summit provided an important opportunity for interactive education. Not only did we learn from the experts who come to our shores, we also educated our guests on the unique health IT challenges, resources and opportunities that exist in the Caribbean. I did,” said Francis.

“The Secretariat is bringing together all the stakeholders necessary to create coalitions, partnerships and alliances that can drive innovation and achieve true transformation of healthcare for the public good. The summit was significant in many respects, not only coming together in person while being live streamed, but also being the first of its kind to be held in the region. It was intended to use both past progress and failures to chart a course for doing,” she said.

The event was broadcast live on OHIT’s Facebook page and was also available nightly on the Prime Minister’s YouTube page.

For more information, visit the Office of Health Information Technology website ( and Facebook page ( to learn more, downloadable materials, or revisit sessions. please give me.

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