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Registration is Now Open for HITCON15!

Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) and the TORCH Foundation will be hosting our 11th Annual Rural Hospital Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (HITCON15) on October 8-9, 2015 at The Grand Hyatt in San Antonio. To register for the event, please click here. You can download the program agenda here.

With the healthcare market and payment system in transition from fee-for-volume to fee-for-value, hospitals and providers everywhere are faced with daunting challenges to continue providing high-quality care and reducing cost. Technology can be a game-changer. This year's conference theme "Healthcare Technology-Playing to Win" focuses on both the offensive and defensive aspects of technology: that is, maximizing and optimizing your technology investment and capabilities, while focusing on security and data protection.

The event will also include a tradeshow with many important vendors showcasing their quality products, services and solutions. Don't miss the opportunity to learn about them and make important contacts. New this year is the addition of "Product Lab" where vendors will be able to set up shop in one of three dedicated rooms to showcase and provide hands-on, live demonstrations of their product, solution and service offerings. We are very excited about this new program offering.

Reserve your hotel room before September 28, 2015, by calling the hotel at (888)-421-1442 and mentioning the "TORCH HITCON-Hospital" for the special rate. Or make your reservation online by clicking here.

Now Seeking Nominations for 2015 HIT Awards!

These awards will be presented during the HITCON Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

2015 Rural Hospital IT Award of Excellence: This award recognizes facilities that have demonstrated successful adoption and meaningful use of a certified electronic health record (EHR) technology in healthcare. Click here for the application.

2015 Outstanding HIT Partnership Award: This award recognizes a consortium or network that has worked collaboratively and progressively to expand its HIT infrastructure and/or services that has resulted in improved patient care for the local communities or region. Click here for the application.

2015 Rural Health IT Leadership Award: This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the advancement and adoption of health information technology. Click here for the application.

Interested in Exhibiting at HITCON15?

TORCH and the TORCH Foundation will host the 11th Annual Rural Hospital Information Technology Conference & Exhibition (HITCON) on October 8-9, at The Grand Hyatt San Antonio. Strategically place your sales force in front of the people who make and influence hospital-buying decisions by signing up as an exhibitor or sponsor.

HITCON will cover many topics of interest to hospitals and providers including:

  • Critical Issues in Security, HIPPA Compliance and Cyber liability
  • Communication Technology and Social Engineering
  • Technology and Population Health - Hospital and Physician Partnerships
  • Winning with Innovative Technologies

A new addition this year is the Product Lab. The Product Lab allows vendors to set up shop in one of three dedicated rooms to showcase and provide hands-on, live demonstrations of your product, solution and service offerings. The Product Lab will be open Thursday, October 8 from 1-5 pm, with dedicated conference time carve-out from 2:15-3:30 pm. There are only 6 vendor spots available for the Product Lab.

Click here to view the complete list of exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities at HITCON. Click here to download the exhibitor/sponsor registration form and credit card authorization form.

For any questions, you can contact Rose Valenzuela or Quang Ngo @ (512) 873-0045. We hope to see you there!

Now Available for Download - The 2014-2015 TLMI Fellows Capstone Project

Rob Samsel, from North Texas Medical Center, SuLynn Mester, from Childress Regional Medical Center, and Melissa DeLaGarza, from Hamilton Healthcare System, have successfully completed the 2014-2015 TLMI Fellows program. As part of their fellowship, they participated in a capstone project which focused on the impact a rural hospital closure has on the community. Their capstone project will be used by TORCH and other rural health organizations during the 2015 advocacy efforts at both the state and federal level. Click here to download a copy of the capstone project. Congratulations to Rob, SuLynn and Melissa for a job well done!

Texas Rural Hospital Map

Click here to see a map of the rural hospitals throughout the state.



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October 8-9, 2015
Grand Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, TX
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