Register Now for the HIMSS14 Preconference Symposium on Transforming and Innovating Healthcare Through New Technologies, February 23

Join Several of the Most Influential Physicians from Leading U.S. Hospitals and an Award-Winning Patient Safety Advocate Individuals that would like to attend the Symposium are encouraged to register right away, as space is limited.

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Intelligent Hospital Association, the RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC), the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), and IEEE Life Sciences will present a Symposium, "Join the Evolution to the Revolution - Transforming and Innovating Healthcare Through New Technologies," on Sunday, February 23 at the Orlando Hilton from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

"This exciting symposium will address the many challenges facing healthcare today.  We are pleased to bring together some of the brightest, most influential physicians from leading hospitals in the country to discuss how the implementation of innovative technologies are creating remarkable improvements in patient care, patient safety, and operating efficiencies, while providing health care workers with real-time visibility of mission critical data, assets, processes, and staff." — Paul Frisch, PhD, President and CTO of RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC). 

Physicians and experts from Kaiser Permanente, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Alameda County Medical Center, Florida Hospital, Veterans Affairs hospital, and many others will present case studies to share lessons learned from their first-hand experience in implementing new technologies. 

Key topics:

  • Key business drivers in adopting new technologies, and how to enhance processes, facilitate business intelligence and ultimately lead to a return on investment.
  • How smart technologies are currently deployed in supply chain sectors within the healthcare industry.
  • How new technologies are impacting the assisted living and nursing home industries.
  • The latest details on innovations around physician communication.

Christopher Jerry, founder of the Emily Jerry Foundation and an award-winning national advocate for increasing the adoption of new technologies to minimize death and injury from medication errors, will deliver the Symposium's keynote speech, "The Emily Jerry Story: From Tragedy to Triumph – Improving Patient Care and Safety Through the Adoption of Technology." Jerry's two year-old daughter, Emily, tragically died from a medication error in a hospital setting in 2006. 

Distinguished Lecturer and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Guang-Zhong Yang will be the luncheon speaker.  Dr. Yang's speech, "Body Sensor Networks – Reshaping the Future of Pervasive Healthcare," will address the increasingly important role of wearable or implanted wireless devices, along with the key technical challenges and latest developments.

"The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology and IEEE Life Sciences Societies are proud to support the Symposium this coming week on innovating healthcare through new technologies. This rapidly evolving area of health and medical information represents the brightest of futures, not only for our members and our students, but for improving the nation's and the world's health care delivery. I look forward to the Symposium's exciting lineup of speakers, and what will certainly be a memorable and productive day for us all." — Bruce Wheeler, President of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 

Dr. Neil Halpern, Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, will conclude the Symposium by leading a panel discussion on the continuum of health and wellness. Dr. Halpern was chosen to lead this panel because he is highly regarded as a leading authority on successfully integrating new technologies into the operating room that also bring a return on investment. 

A portion of the proceeds from the Symposium will be donated to the Emily Jerry Foundation.  Those interested in donating - can do so during the HIMSS conference at the IEEE kiosk at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion (Hall E, Booth 8265), online at, or by mail with checks payable to The Emily Jerry Foundation, 7665 Mentor Ave., Suite 343, Mentor, Ohio, 44060.

About IEEE
IEEE is a large, global professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities, IEEE is the trusted voice on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Learn more at

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) is the world's largest international society of Biomedical Engineers. With more than 46 percent of its nearly 10,000 members residing in some 97 countries around the world, it's a true global connection, providing access to the most fascinating people, practices, information, ideas, opinion and fellowship from one of science's fastest growing fields: biomedical engineering.  For more information about the EMBS, please visit

About the RFID in Healthcare Consortium
The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) is a not-for-profit, global organization founded to elevate awareness and to educate the Life Sciences community on the adoption of new technologies. The RHCC is an educationally focused, vendor neutral, technology and frequency agnostic, association dedicated to promoting the use and adoption of auto-ID, NFC, RFID, RTLS, sensors and wireless technologies in the healthcare, assisted and independent living and nursing home industries. For more information, please visit:

About IEEE Life Sciences
Our Society is a technical community of students, professors, researchers, engineers, scientists, medical practitioners, and professionals to advance the application of engineering and technology to the life sciences. We provide access to a wide range of resources, including our Life Sciences Portal, publications, and continuing education and career programs.  

About The "Intelligent Hospital ™"
The "Intelligent Hospital ™" ( which is located within the footprint of the Intelligent Hospital™ Pavilion has being created to help raise the level of awareness and to educate the healthcare industry on the many applications of Auto-ID, Biometrics, BLE, M2M, NFC, RFID, RTLS, Sensors, Mobile devices and Wireless technologies and how they can be integrated within the clinical scenarios of health care facility. 


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