40th Anniversary Celebration of Widener's Health Care Management

April 17, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Lathem Hall, Widener University Chester
Bldg 24 - Potter Street and East 13th
Chester, PA 19013
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As part of our partnership with Widener University, APICS Brandywine Valley Chapter is sharing this information. The Chapter is not invoved with the sales of tickets for this event.  Please follow directions below to register.

Dear members of the APICS Brandywine Valley Chapter,

You are invited to the 40th Anniversary celebration of Widener's Health Care Management (MBA-HCM) program at 5:30pm on April 17, 2018 at Lathem Hall. It’s an opportunity to hear keynote speaker, Dr. Patricia Sengstack, Nursing Informatics Executive at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discuss the Clinical Documentation Burden in the EHR, its impact on patient care, and strategies for improvement.

Clinical documentation is key to realizing the many benefits of EHR use, including timely access to clinical data, medical error alerts, better care coordination and improved coding and billing. However, the growing level of required clinician documentation in the EHR has resulted in physicians and other clinicians spending more time on data entry than clinical tasks, resulting in lower quality of care and patient relationships, and high stress and burnout. Dr. Sengstack will highlight current trends in this area, work that is being done to reduce the documentation burden, and actionable initiatives that organizations can adopt to begin the documentation reduction journey.

Dr. Sengstack brings many years of experience and expertise to this vital topic. In addition to her Nursing Informatics Executive position at VUMC, Patricia has a joint appointment as an Associate Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, where she teaches healthcare and nursing informatics at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2016. She has served as the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for the Bon Secours Health System and is the former Deputy CIO and Chief of Clinical Informatics at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Over the last several years, Dr. Sengstack's work has focused on health information technology’s impact on patient safety and programs to improve the evaluation of IT systems.

Dr. Sengstack’s keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Thomas Beeman and Dr. Rosemary Kennedy. Dr. Beeman is a recently retired Senior VP of PENN Medicine and former CEO of Lancaster Health and has over 35 years of leadership experience in the healthcare field. Dr. Kennedy is VP/Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Sotera Wireless, a medical device company offering vital signs monitoring technology.  She was the recipient of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare Award.

This is a topic of interest to both providers and consumers of health care, as well as professionals working to support various areas of health informatics and health care delivery. We hope you will attend this event and engage in an exchange of ideas and solutions with industry experts and peers.

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Thank you,

The Widener HCM faculty and the Widener HCM Alumni Council