ATLANTA, Oct. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- What keeps leaders in healthcare IT awake at night? It’s issues like workforce, cybersecurity, the move to value-based care and consumerism – and those are the topics that will be covered at the 8th annual Health IT Leadership Summit on November 7, 2017.

The 2017 Summit theme is:  “What’s Next in Healthcare? Initiating Collaboration and Innovation in Our Communities.” The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza at Ravinia.

“Since we founded the Health IT Leadership Summit in 2010, recognition of Georgia’s role in developing robust approaches to health IT innovation has grown remarkably,” said David Hartnett, Chief Economic Office of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “This year’s Summit will bring together industry leaders who are truly making a difference in the quality of care being delivered today and in the future.”

Shahid Shah, publisher of Netspective Media, will open the conference with a presentation on “How the Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Will Impact the Role of Clinicians.” Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services at CDC, as well as the Director of the Office of Public Health Scientific Services, will provide the closing keynote.

The Summit schedule was designed for busy professionals, with informational sessions ending at 2:00 PM followed by a Workforce Module, “Connecting Talent with Opportunities,” from 2:00 – 4:30 PM. The day’s schedule follows:

8:00 AM – Welcome
8:15 – Opening Keynote – Shahid Shah, Publisher, Netspective Media
9:30 – General Session Panel – FFS to Value-Based Care:  Measuring the Impact
10:45 – Breakout Sessions – HIT Workforce in the 21st Century – Perspective from Industry and Academia
10:45 – Breakout Sessions – Consumer Digital Health, Today’s Patient-Driven Technology
12:00 – Lunch General Session Panel – Developing a Culture of Cybersecurity in our Healthcare Communities
1:00 – Closing Keynote – Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, Deputy Director for Public Health Scientific Services and Director of the Office of Public Health Scientific Services, CDC
2:00 – Special Session – Connecting Talent with Opportunities

A limited number of sponsorships are also still available for companies seeking premium exposure with the “movers and shakers” in HIT.

The Summit ranks as one of the nation’s premier health IT events. The Summit was founded in 2010 by three organizations, all dedicated to supporting the growth of the health IT industry:  the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Health.

Additional information and registration:  www.HealthITLeadershipSummit.com

Georgia, the Nation's Leader in Health IT
Georgia is a national leader in health IT and is home to more than 225 health IT companies and eight companies on the HCI-100. Georgia's health IT companies employ approximately 26,000 people in the state. Georgia's health IT industry thrives due to the concentration of best-in-class health IT vendors, nationally recognized care providers, global public health organizations such as CARE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a continuum of workforce development programs that ensure trained employees at all levels.