Almost 15 years ago, Frank Maddux had a vision for an electronic health record. At the time, the internet was in its infancy. As a practicing nephrologist and the President of our group, Frank made several critical choices in the late 90’s regarding the EHR, none more important than deciding to host the data remotely. At a time when almost every other EHR was hosted on a server in the physician’s office, Frank had the courage and the vision to take a different direction. Our company, Health IT Services Group, has its origins in the company Dugan and Frank Maddux formed to develop the EHR, and today Acumen nEHR is our company’s flagship product.
Our company has grown rapidly during the past few years, in parallel with a significant expansion in our customer base. One byproduct of that growth is the opportunity to host our first Users Conference. This Thursday and Friday we will convene in Chicago for the Acumen Connect Conference. The rising crescendo of excitement within our offices has been palpable over the past few weeks as we prepare for the conference. Hugh Gaston, Noell Bulka and Megan Wiley have worked diligently to prepare quite a treat for those of you able to attend.
The agenda includes a number of presentations and interactive sessions. Perhaps most fitting is the delivery of the keynote presentation on Thursday morning by our founder. In his new role as Chief Medical Officer for Fresenius Medical Care, Frank has continued to champion collaboration and is passionate about the role integrated care is likely to play in the future delivery of health care. In addition to the keynote presentations by Frank and Bill Rancic, attendees will be able to learn about a wide variety of topics including voice recognition and meaningful use. Finally, there will be ample opportunity to network with Acumen users from around the country.
I have seen the attendee list and I know quite a few of you will join us. For those unable to do so, perhaps we can make it happen next year. I know a number of relevant topics will surface this week in Chicago. Next week I hope to share some of them with you. Safe travels to the Windy City!