The 18th Annual Toward an Electronic Patient Record 2002 Emerging Health Information Solutions Conference and Exhibition (TEPR) will be held May 11-16, 2002 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

New technologies and their promised solutions will be tested, compared and measured by health professionals from around the world during six days of accredited sessions, demonstrations and exhibits.

Designed as four conferences in one venue, attendees are invited to choose freely among parallel programs that all address practical applications and tools for implementing information solutions. TEPR 2002 has more than 450 accredited educational sessions in four key areas.

"TEPR: Creating the Pathway to Electronic Health Care" addresses all clinical information, administrative and practice management issues including coverage of such topics as selecting and implementing electronic medical records, practice management, and component technologies.

"Mobile Health Care: Wireless Applications & Technologies" is a follow-up event to the sold out fall 2001 Wireless Conference in Las Vegas and covers best practice solutions for 14 applications, including data capture, connectivity, network solutions, e-prescribing, emergency care, integration and alert messaging.

"Health Care Security: Privacy, HIPAA & Beyond" helps attendees to transform compliance regulations into a strategy for successful integration with short and long term gains. This program is for the security expert and the health care practitioner who needs to develop a security infrastructure with tracks that address biometrics, authentication, user identification, public key infrastructure, Internet security, disaster recovery and data security.

"Results: Proven Value Propositions" is a new conference for the chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief information officer, designed to help prioritize steps based on measurable risks. Attendees will evaluate first-hand health care information technology benefits in four major areas: measurable return on investment, reduced medical errors, improved efficiency and increased patient satisfaction.

Special events and demonstrations at TEPR 2002 include a mock trial, which will address the legal issues of implementing electronic signatures through a simulated malpractice suit regarding viability. Also held will be a clinical documentation challenge, the most exciting event of past TEPRs, providing a simulated real-life setting so that you can compare the leading approaches for converting physician thought into useful patient record entries.

The American Academy of Family Physicians Spring Technology Continuing Medical Education program will be held during TEPR 2002 and is designed to help prepare physicians and their office managers for implementing technology into their practices. A program entitled Solution Seekers will allow attendees with specific questions to enter a criterion that directs them to the vendor with the answers. An awards presentation and ceremony will name "Best of Show" in 13 HIT categories as attendees compare products. In the biometric authentication challenge, companies will show product capabilities in an interactive demonstration.

TEPR 2002 brings together health care providers, information specialists, vendors and thought leaders responsible for implementing and maintaining a successful information infrastructure. Medical Records Institute sponsors the conference with support from Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, ECG Management Consultants, Eclipsys, GE Medical Systems, IDX, Mobilocity and Next Gen.

Discount registration for TEPR 2002 is available until March 16, 2002 by calling 617-964-3923 #223 or by registering online at www.tepr.com.

For exhibiting and sponsorship inquires call Ellen Boland at 617-964-3923 #226 or Kara Sanborn at 617-964-3923 #231.