Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Connecting Communities for Better Health Learning Forum and Exhibition!

A two-day conference in May will provide practical how-to guidance-including case studies-on the technical, legal, financial and organizational change aspects of implementing electronic health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) in communities across the nation.

The 2nd Annual Connecting Communities for Better Health (CCBH) Learning Forum and Exhibition, May 25-26 at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC, will showcase emerging technology and methods in HIT and HIE implementation, presented by some of the country's most innovative organizations, consultants, public health experts, non-profit associations, health plans, and employers.

"For the national HIT agenda to succeed, it must be rooted in local communities. That's why we encourage local professionals to bring a team of people to the CCBH meeting for an opportunity to learn and interact with experts together," said David Schulke, Executive Vice President of AHQA, one of the primary co-sponsors of the CCBH conference.

"The increase in the number of states, regions and communities that are bringing together multiple and diverse stakeholders to explore common ground on utilizing health information technology and health information exchange to address local healthcare challenges is enormous", said Janet Marchibroda, Chief Executive Officer of the eHealth Initiative, another primary co-sponsor of the program, "the Connecting Communities for Better Health Learning Forum is bringing those stakeholders together, to develop common solutions that work for everyone-it is the first of its kind."

The format of the meeting will be highly interactive, giving participants an opportunity to work with directly with both technical experts and national thought leaders to learn best practices and lessons in key challenge areas.

One major track of the conference will feature breakout sessions by region and state, bringing together clinicians, QIO staff, purchasers, hospital staff and technical experts to lay the groundwork for HIT implementation and health information exchange in specific locales. Other sessions will encourage dialogue among specific stakeholder groups to identify ways to move the HIT and HIE agendas forward.

Please take note that the conference hotel is close to capacity, and the room block closes April 23rd! We recommend you confirm your room reservations today to secure space for this year's event. Hotel details, the conference agenda, and registration information for the meeting is available at

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