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The recently-enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide more than $35 billion in funding for health information technology. The health care reform debate in the Congress seems to be coming to a head this summer. In this context, health care leaders are grappling with how new emerging policies will impact their organizations and how to assure that their organizations are well-positioned to access the significant stimulus funding now emerging from the federal government.

The HIT Symposium, conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, is a must-attend event, that will help leaders from every sector of health care, including those representing consumers, employers, payers, providers, and vendors, gain timely intelligence and practical insights on how to benefit from the health IT programs and provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Participants will hear from the policy leaders responsible for many of the programs within the federal government, as well as nationally recognized experts on topics such as privacy, financing, standards, and technical assistance. In addition, practical insights on how to effectively access funds from grant programs, and how to support effective health IT adoption will be shared by veterans in the field. The final day of the Symposium will be devoted to the role of health IT in health care reform, which promises to be a hot topic as Congress deliberates health care reform legislation in the next two months.

The Health Information Technology Symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the only in-depth executive education event on health information technology in the United States. It is a must-attend event for anyone who is responsible for leading and developing programs responsive to the health IT provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Register today!

  • To provide an overview of health information technology initiatives in the United States past, present and future
  • To analyze the role of government in transforming health care through information technology
  • To assess whether privacy and security issues might frustrate national health information technology initiatives
  • To articulate the employer perspective regarding the role of health information technology in controlling costs and enhancing quality
  • To describe and analyze the complex infrastructure of government efforts to support the dispersion of health information technology
  • To present the possible roles of consultants and vendors in the health information technology movement in the United States
  • To share what we can learn from the experience of other countries
  • To share and describe how to use the tools in the Markle Foundation's Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • To share and describe how to use the tools in the eHealth Initiative's Connecting Communities Tool Kit
  • To provide an in-depth overview of the issues raised by the acquisition and implementation of electronic health records systems
  • To describe current issues regarding E-Prescribing and CPOE
  • To investigate and assess current state and community-based efforts to foster interoperability
  • To share successful health information technology case studies
  • To speculate regarding the potential role of health information technology in national health reform
  • Clinicians
  • Hospitals and Other Healthcare Providers
  • Health Plans
  • Employers and Healthcare Purchasers
  • State, Regional and Community-Based Health Information Organizations
  • Public Health
  • Pharma, Biotechnology and Devices
  • Healthcare IT Consultants, Suppliers and Vendors
  • State and Federal Policy Makers
  • Health Services Researchers
  • Academics


The HIT Symposium takes place on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. U.S. News & World Report ranks MIT as No. 1 in undergraduate engineering and in the following graduate programs: aeronautics and astronautics, chemical, computer, electrical, materials, mechanical and nuclear engineering.


The Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences is home to the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, Stata is meant to create an innovative and serendipitous spirit, and to foster interaction and collaboration across many disciplines. Writing in the Boston Globe, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Robert Campbell called the building "a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention."

The MIT Museum is the place to begin exploring over 150 years of education and research at the forefront of science, engineering, and technology. From the exhibit on Artificial Intelligence to the country's largest display of Arthur Ganson's much-loved gestural sculptures, to the cutting edge Emerging Technologies Gallery, visitors are engaged, entertained and educated by what they find at the MIT Museum.

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