CoreTech is always looking for opportunities to learn about issues in our community. Understanding the problem is the first step to finding a solution. This month we were lucky enough to be part of the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) Annual Conference. The 3 day event was filled with information about issues within our rural communities and the organizations that are tackling the big problems. The conference kicked off with an opening reception on Monday night, attendees had a chance to check in and familiarize themselves with the event center.
Tuesday morning got off to a great start, IRHA kicked off the conference with an early session of Zumba. After the morning workout breakfast was served in the exhibitor hall and learning sessions followed. Alan Morgan, the opening keynote speaker, discussed disparities and workforce shortage in the rural areas of Indiana. Understanding the challenges faced by healthcare providers in rural Indiana is the first step in addressing the issues. Following the keynote were a variety of sessions covering topics from mobile technology to employee engagement. ACHE approved sessions covered topics such as utilizing nurse practitioners and physician assistants efficiently while remaining complaint. Other sessions covered the psychiatric workforce and physician quality reporting systems. Activities through the day included a blood drive, silent auction and prizes from the exhibitors. The first full day of the conference ended with a friendly, relaxed reception in the exhibitor hall.
The third and final day of the conference kicked off with some fascinating sessions. I had the pleasure of sitting in on Dr. Jason Marker’s A Brief Survey of the History of Medicine: From Adam and Eve to Today. His fast paced presentation gave the audience not only a history lessons but a few laughs and a positive outlook on the future of healthcare. CoreTech Revolution collaborated with IHIE (Indiana Health Information Exchange) to discuss EHR integration for healthcare. See our newsletter article to learn more about the discussion here. Being a part of such a fantastic event was an honor. We look forward to attending future events and expanding our knowledge of the challenges and advances happening in our rural communities.