South Dakota's 4th Annual e-Health Summit To Be Held in Sioux Falls

Dakota State University announced preliminary details on South Dakota's 4th Annual e-Health Summit. The event, which focuses on the most up to date health information technology happenings within the state, will be held in Sioux Falls at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This is the only summit of its kind within the region dedicated to advancing the role of health information technology (HIT) and the topic of health information exchange (HIE).

The conference, which will be on November 7, will draw participants from the public sector, private industry, health plans, hospital administration, healthcare venders, healthcare providers, and many others to display the latest technologies, celebrate achievements, inspire collaboration, and generally support the advancement of healthcare innovation. Dakota State University invites potential speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors to contact them to take part in this exciting opportunity.

"This conference will bring together local, regional, and national innovators in the adoption and integration of HIT and HIE," said Kevin DeWald, the state's Health Information Technology Coordinator. "We plan to create an opportunity to exchange ideas and information from hospitals, provider offices, and other professionals to foster new ways to use technology to change the way health care is delivered.

Numerous resource groups within the state in addition to Dakota State University are supporting the conference, including the Department of Health, HealthPOINT (South Dakota's Regional Extension Center), Department of Social Services, the South Dakota State Medical Association and the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations. South Dakota Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (SDHIMSS) will also help sponsor the event along with numerous electronic health record vendors and exhibitors.

The conference will consist of educational sessions and recent updates to the stages of Meaningful Use. Of particular and timely interest will be the story of St. John's Medical Center, the hospital that was recently devastated by a tornado in Joplin Missouri. The hospital's Vice President of Technology, Ron Fovargue, will deliver a powerful message about the need for electronic health and how its impact saved their community during a tragic time. National network news channels including CNN and ABC News have closely followed the story of the hospital.

For more information about becoming a speaker or sponsoring the event, please contact Jeff Pickett at jeff.pickett@dsu or 605-256-5555 or by visiting For media inquiries, contact Jeff Pickett as well.

About HealthPOINT HealthPOINT, as part of Dakota State University, is South Dakota's Regional Extension Center. As a federally designated health information technology resource and support center for all South Dakota healthcare providers, HealthPOINT focuses on an action-based approach to propel providers in adopting electronic health record systems.

CONTACT: Jeff Pickett, HealthPOINT Marketing/Training Coordinator: or call 605-360-7842.

Last Updated: 1/10/12