The Future of Obstetric Care – E&C Medical Intelligence 2008 Knowledge Summit

E&C Medical Intelligence, Inc

BALTIMORE, June 3 /PRNewswire/ — Harbor Court Hotel, 12-13 June 2008 — Technology is revolutionizing obstetric care.  The E&C Medical Intelligence 2008 Knowledge Summit will present a fast-paced program with industry leaders addressing the impact of technology on the delivery of obstetric care.  Diane Rogers, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at E&C, recognizes this invitation-only Summit as a unique opportunity to reach consensus on how technology can improve practice.  “We are delighted to create a forum for our clients to network with their colleagues and peers from major hospitals and organizations, and believe the Summit will encourage wide-ranging discussion of future trends and best practices among distinguished colleagues from around the country.”  Donald A. Deieso, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of E&C, agrees. “As a company focused on delivering and assuring the highest quality of obstetric care, we are delighted to assemble such an outstanding group and excited about the contribution that this meeting can make to the field.”

Future trends in obstetric care and management will be presented by three members of the E&C Physician Advisory Council.  Arnold W. Cohen, M.D., Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albert Einstein Medical Center; Dan O’Keeffe, M.D., Maternal-Fetal Medicine Medical Director of Phoenix Perinatal Associates; and Peter A. Schwarz, M.D.  Dr. Cohen is the President of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia.  Dr. Cohen was previously a Professor at Jefferson Medical College and University of Pennsylvania, and Corporate Medical Director of Women’s Health at US Healthcare and then Aetna.  Dr. O’Keeffe is a consultant and speaker on the business aspects of a maternal-fetal medicine practice and teaches coding and business courses for the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, which he also chairs.  Dr. Schwartz taught at the University of Massachusetts and Tufts University while also in private practice.  He was Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading Pennsylvania from 1987-2005.

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., Chairman Department of Medical Ethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Medical School, will review ethical considerations in the delivery of obstetric care. Dr. Caplan has authored numerous books and articles relating to medicine, science, philosophy, bioethics and health policy.  He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nature Biotechnology named Dr. Caplan one of the ten most influential people in the ethics of biotechnology.  He writes a column on bioethics for and is a frequent guest and commentator for media outlets.

Panelists for a session focused on the application of “Clinical Decision Support in OB” include: Glenn Markenson, M.D, Chief of Baystate Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of Obstetrics at Baystate Medical Center, MA; Jerald Korman, M.D., Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, NY; and Larry L. Smith, JD, Vice President of Risk Management for MedStar Health in Baltimore, MD.   Dr. Markenson is also Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts University School of Medicine.  A retired Colonel in the US Air Force, Dr. Markenson served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Dr. Korman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Mr. Smith is responsible for the design, implementation and administration of MedStar’s risk management, self-insurance and commercial insurance program.  He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Captive Insurance Council of the District of Columbia and Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University.

Karl Kapp, Ph.D., Professor Bloomsburg University and author of the new book Games, Gadgets & Gizmos for Learning: Tools for Transferring Knowledge from the Boomers to the Gamers, will explain how to overcome staff resistance to incorporating technology into hospital practices.  As a knowledge broker, Dr. Kapp understands how people learn and is an authority on Instructional Design, which focuses on the systematic design, delivery and evaluation of instruction in a corporate environment.

“The Age of Economic Medicine” will be presented by Lee Igel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor New York University, who holds degrees in clinical exercise physiology, counseling and industrial/organizational psychology.  He worked for a professional baseball team in player development before returning to health care.  Dr. Igel is a frequent writer and speaker on human affairs and has presented to groups including the American Psychological Association, the American Political Science Association, the International Institute of Forecasters, the Pennsylvania Hospital History of Women’s Health Conference, and the Sixth Quality Colloquium at Harvard University.

Nikki Nesbitt, J.D., a partner with Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP, specializes in medical malpractice defense and complex commercial litigation. She is actively involved in the Maryland Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.  Ms. Nesbitt has expertise in the legal implications of medical documentation including proper charting and trends in discovery of electronic medical records in malpractice cases.  She will appraise the legal benefits of digitized health care.

About E&C Medical Intelligence, Inc.

E&C Medical Intelligence, Inc. is a pioneer in risk management solutions and consulting services for hospitals.  E&C’s integrated solution includes proprietary expert clinical decision support software (IPRob(TM)) and professional services which improve patient safety, the quality of care, and the efficiency of healthcare delivery. The IPRob(TM) combines evidence-based medical knowledge with current and historical patient data and delivers this information to clinicians in real time at patient bedside consistent with client-specific clinical workflow.  E&C’s solutions are currently focused along the obstetrics continuum for prenatal, labor and delivery and postpartum care. The company is based in Princeton, NJ and in New York City.  Visit the E&C Web site at:

SOURCE  E&C Medical Intelligence, Inc.

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