HealthCamp Philadelphia–Less than a month to go

The BarCamp movement of self-produced intense conferences reminds me of the charrettes I'd hear about from my close friend and college roommate when he was in architecture school. HealthCamp has grown out of BarCamp and on Saturday, March 28, 2009 HealthCamp Philadelphia begins at 8:00 AM in the Hamilton Building on the Thomas Jefferson University at 11th and Locust Streets. The slide show summarizes the day and its goals.

Certifying Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and the Personal Health Record (PHR)

Yesterday I received notice of the CCHIT’s next steps in certifying PHRs. The message was broadly addressed, I’m sure the entire CCHIT mailing list received it. Note the request for help in spreading the word. It’s somewhat ironic that this organization–with which I participate as an ED Workgroup member–whose mission is "to accelerate the adoption of health information technology by creating an efficient, credible and sustainable certification program" seeks to speak to consumers through its marketing director.

I guess this calls for redoubling my own efforts from the inside.


Today we are launching a program to increase the consumer participation in our personal health record (PHR) certification program development. And we could really use your help in spreading the word. If your organization has a communication channel to consumers, we would really appreciate it if you could carry the included information to them. I have attached a Word and PDF version of our invitation for your use (editor note: Same content as this post.) I would be happy to expand on this if you need more or customize it for your use if that would help.

We have several new activities in which consumers can participate:

·         The Commission has completed its first step, the creation of draft criteria for testing PHRs. Beginning Monday, Sept. 29, the criteria will be posted to  and available for a 30-day public comment period.

·         A new Web site and blog dedicated to furthering the conversation about PHRs,, will launch on that same date.  A consumer’s guide to certification of PHRs will also be available there. 

·         On Friday, Oct. 10, the Certification Commission will host a special free Town Call teleconference that will allow consumers and consumer representatives to gain a better understanding of PHR certification and how they can play a role in the process. The Town Call will include a presentation by Dr. Mark Leavitt, chair of the Commission, and Dr. Jodi Pettit, the staff leader of the PHR Work Group. It can be downloaded by Oct. 9 at

Participants in the Town Call can ask questions during the call or online at The questions and answers will be posted online following the teleconference.

The dial-in information for the Town Call is:
4:00 pm ET/ 3:00 pm CT/ 2:00 pm MT/ 1:00 pm PT

Participant Dial-In Number: 1 (877) 313-5342
Conference ID Number: 65204557

C Sue Reber

Marketing Director, CCHIT

Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology

503.288.5876 office | 503.703.0813 cell | 503.287.4613 fax

I don’t know why they picked this one article out of the entire November 2004 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine devoted to Healthcare Technology and IT in the ED, but  it’s very cool that we made the California Healthcare Foundation’s iHealthBeat.


Recommended Reading: Suggestions for ED Clinical Documentation Systems

November 10, 2004

An article in the current issue of Academic Emergency Medicine outlined eight recommendations for improving emergency department clinical documentation systems.
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"As technology is implemented, standards and requirements for documentation systems need to be established," according to the article. Electronic clinical documentation eventually will "improve immediate care, promote efficiency, and permit ready communication of critical patient information" (Davidson, Academic Emergency Medicine, November 2004).