DATA SHARING: Effectively Capturing and Using Data to Influence Policy
We produce and have access to more health care data and population health data than ever before. How can we make use of our data to understand and improve health? In this track we will hear about projects that are transforming data into actionable information for health programs. Data is being used to identify populations that would benefit from targeted interventions to reduce disparity, and to set goals and monitor progress toward population health targets. These sessions will educate participants on how to best use Alaska’s data sources to support policy advocacy at all levels from a local health facility to a national forum.

HEALTH REFORM: The Business of Healthcare - Insurance Reform and the Affordable Care Act

Sweeping policy changes are being implemented in healthcare and their impacts are being felt across the nation and Alaska.  Presenters will identify how the rural health sector in Alaska can prepare for and respond to these changes, discuss the impacts on health workforce and describe the rollout of the Federal Marketplace in Alaska. Finally, attendees will hear about the challenges and some strategies for providing care to those without insurance. Strategies will include those being used in other states and critical next steps in moving towards a long-term solution for Alaska.

PCMH: Shifting Care Delivery Paradigms - Patient Centered Care Delivery Models

This track will address selected competencies underlying Patient Centered Medical Home and their policy implications. The track seeks to represent the breadth and variety of current efforts to improve quality of care through defining and engaging care coordinators, using The Model for Improvement and Plan-Do–Study-Act cycles, integrating behavioral health and primary care, using care teams and pods, and supporting staff to work at the top of their competencies. Also we will hear from those who are developing initiatives and incentives for sites to improve PCMH competencies and the potential policy implications.

TECHNOLOGY: Expanding Technology Use in the Emerging Era

Given our state’s vast distances and rugged terrain and strained health workforce, the incorporation of technology where efficiencies can be realized and high quality and effective patient care delivered seems inevitable. Technology sessions at the conference will explore Alaska’s current usage and integration of telehealth in tribal and non-tribal health facilities plus the emerging professional infrastructure established to support advancing telehealth practice statewide. Additionally, participants will hear directly from AeHN, Alaska’s health information exchange, about the project’s status, milestones and future.

conference agenda 

Updated: 4-16-14

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