ACE12 Day Two (cont.)

 To close Day Two of ACE12, attendees joined the Allscripts team for a party at Navy Pier, the iconic Chicago theme-park-on-a-dock. Judging by the client reaction, Allscripts lived up to its reputation for throwing some of the best parties in healthcare. There were four Chicago-themed areas for hanging out with colleagues and exploring the neighborhoods, music and cuisine that make Chicago famous.  There was a Summer carnival and Midwestern fair on the rooftop. There was a band for virtually every musical taste — blues, dueling pianos, pop and hip-hop. There was Chicago’s incomparable skyline, and, of course, fireworks over Lake Michigan.

A good time was had by all.


Before heading out to party, though, attendees soaked up more of the meaningful education at the root of ACE12, most of it led by clients. Sessions that attracted serious attention included, to name just a few, several that highlighted the open architecture of Sunrise Clinical Manager:

  • Lynda Bennett of University of Kentucky Healthcare shared UK’s experience developing clinical decision support tools within Sunrise Clinical Manager (SCM) that improved core measure compliance in the treatment of inpatient pediatric asthma patients.
  • Daniel Heisler of Children’s of Alabama described the hospital’s creation of real-time patient trackerboards within SCM for nursing and pharmacy – one of five presentations from Children’s of Alabama at ACE12.
  • Becky Doerhoff, MSN, RN, of St Louis Children’s Hospital (part of the Barnes Jewish Health System) discussed the hospital cultural shifts that come with implementing an early warning system for detecting clinical deterioration.
  • Dr. David Hurwitz, of Health First in Florida described how Sunrise Clinical Analytics is enabling close to real time analytics that have improved patient care.

The slides for these and every other presentation at ACE12 are available for clients to download on ClientConnect.  Download them here.


Media Coverage of ACE12

The 4,000 people packed into McCormick Park weren’t the only ones paying attention to the conference.  This story about ACE12 appeared on HIStalk tonight. Bill Rieger, CIO of Flagler Hospital in Florida (an acute and ambulatory EHR client and one of America’s 50 best hospitals), had this to say about the conference: 

“My take on this whole event is that Allscripts is positioned for success. They struggle with the same challenges that all of these HIS vendors do, getting the right people on board when HIT staffing right now is very fluid. If their leadership stays in place and they maintain focus on their direction, they will do well. This conference has increased my confidence in Allscripts as an organization and a partner for our community.”

Thank you, Bill!  We hope to continue to deserve your respect.  

HIStalk wasn’t the only media outlet paying attention …  

Lindsey Dunn, Editor in Chief of Becker’s Hospital Review, attended ACE12 today and by early afternoon had already published an in-depth article based on the morning’s keynote and her interview with Dr. Daniel Kraft.

It’s well worth a read: “Dr. Daniel Kraft Discusses the Future of Medicine at ACE 2012.”

Lindsey also had some nice things to say about ACE12 on Twitter (see below).


Partner Videos: “What does Open mean to you?”

We visited the HUB this afternoon, video camera in hand, to speak with some of the 88 companies exhibiting at the conference.  We asked them just one question: “What does ‘open’ mean to you?”  Take a listen.

  • Cindy O’Neil, Senior Industry Partner Manager, MicrosoftWatch now.
  • Diane Hanson, RN, BSN, MM, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Elsevier/CPM Resource Center. Watch now.
  • Mike Johnson, Marketing Manager – Healthcare & Life Sciences, IBM. Watch now.
  • John M. Jordan, Vice President, North America, dbMotion. Watch now.


One of the many fun activities that kept attendees amused in the HUB was an electronic caricature artist.  Sit down for 5 minutes and voila! – you’ve got yourself a veritable Mort Drucker.

Here, Dawn Huffman of Oregon Surgical Specialists shows off her caricature (with co-worker Andi Goff). 


More seriously, Allscripts again supported Dear World, a charity event that produces and displays powerful photographs of individuals with a special message written on their bodies. The idea of the project is that a single person, no matter what background, can influence and inspire many.  You can read more about how these pictures are changing the world.




Tweet Watch

Here’s a small sampling of the tweets on #ACE12 today. It was fun watching how one thing that Dr. Daniel Kraft said in his keynote this morning went viral, at least on #ACE12.  If you were at the keynote you’ll get it.  If not, just keep in mind that “sim” means simulate.

Michael D. White, MD, Assistant Professor, Cardiology, Creighton University School of Medicine, ‏@whitemd:

  • Watching @daniel_kraft doing a live EKG using the @AliveCor app at #ace12. I want one! Thanks to @DrDave01 and team for a great tech!
  • Great keynote by @daniel_kraft for #ACE12. Inspiring to be involved in future of healthcare.
  • #ace12 @daniel_kraft “See one, Sim one, sim one, sim one, do one, then teach one.” Future of #meded. Totally agree.

Jennie Campbell, Chief Operating Officer at Summit Medical Group in Knoxville, Tenn.  ‏@JennieLCampbell:

  • Amen! “@Bonnycastle: RT @whitemd: #ace12 @daniel_kraft “See one, Sim one, sim one, sim one, do one, then teach one.” Totally agree.”

Deirdre Bonnycastle, Clinical Teaching Development Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan (Canada) College of Medicine, ‏@Bonnycastle:

  • RT @whitemd: #ace12 @daniel_kraft “See one, Sim one, sim one, sim one, do one, then teach one.” Totally agree

Lindsey Dunn, Editor in Chief of Becker’s Hospital Review, ‏@LindseySaaren:

  • Really informative morning at #ACE12 – Read my write up on Dr. Kraft’s overview of cool new technologies and how they’ll impact…


Looking forward to the final day of ACE12?  Before you head out, shoot us a comment below.  We’d love to hear what’s working for you, and what’s not.


About the author

Todd Stein is editor of It Takes A Community. A former journalist and freelance editor, Stein has worked as a business reporter for The Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Business Times, as producer of HIMSS Newsbreak, contributing editor to California Hospitals and senior writer for NurseWeek. His many articles on healthcare IT and other topics have appeared in dozens of national and regional publications including Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare IT News, Journal of AHIMA, Physicians Practice, The Los Times, San Francisco Magazine and VIA.


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