first_imgFor Immediate Release Contact: Kathy Parry (802) 371-3205October 8, 2007NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED SPEAKERS DESCRIBE TOOLS FOR TRANSFORMING HEALTH CARE AT FREE CONFERENCE WEDNESDAYBurlington — A free conference Wednesday featuring national and state authorities on health care will focus on the evolving impact of consumer choice and information technology on the delivery and cost of health care.The conference is the eighth in a highly-acclaimed series of health care symposiums sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont that are designed to advance the publics understanding of major issues facing the states health care system.The event is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2007 from 8:15 to 1:15PM at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Interested members of the public may register at is external) or call BCBSVT for more information at (802)371-3205.Presenters include Dr. Regina Herzlinger, Harvard Business school professor and award-winning author of Who Killed Health Care? and other books on health care reform. Dr. Herzlinger will describe the role of consumer choice in health care.Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Gottlieb will address national trends surrounding technology and health care reform.Greg Farnum, president of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) will discuss VITLs vision for a health information exchange network to share real-time clinical information among health care providers across Vermont to improve patient outcomes while reducing service duplication and decreasing the rate of health care spending.Dr. Danielle Ofri, assistant professor of medicine at New York University and an attending physician at Bellevue Hospitals medical clinic and an award-winning author, will speak about maintaining focus on the patient as human being through the health care reform process.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more