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Technology Crossroads Conference highlights health IT, AV industry collaboration

The crossroads where health IT and audiovisual solutions intersect has the potential to yield game-changing innovations.

The crossroads where health IT and audiovisual solutions intersect has the potential to yield game-changing innovations.

Advances in technology haven't just provided us with fancy smartphones and tablet computers or social media and a 24-hour news cycle. Innovation has led to improved healthcare and longer life expectancies than ever before.

It is important that forward-thinking individuals continue to look for ways to make improvements through collaborative efforts. In keeping with this notion, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) and InfoComm International, a trade association representing the commercial audiovisual industry, are joining forces to host the first inaugural Technology Crossroads Conference.

The event, scheduled for November 27 and 28 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., will serve as a venue for health IT and AV professionals to share ideas and find new ways for technology partnerships to benefit the medical community. This will include everything from improved training and instruction to remote patient monitoring and practice management.

"There are many forms of health IT," said Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC. "State-of-the art audiovisual technologies are integrally related to health IT and bring important value to improving healthcare quality and efficiency. We are excited to work with InfoComm to bring visibility to these connections and identify new synergies."

According to an InfoComm International press release, several presentations and workshops will examine ways that AV and health IT solutions can help to create "smart medical practices," improving data management, patient-physician communication and overall efficiency.

Top healthcare IT consulting firms can attest to the value that such technological partnerships can bring to facilities throughout the country. With the right medical IT support, practices can move to the forefront of patient care.