Health Informatics Grad Student Davolt Awarded Assistantship at HIMSS Conference

Barry Davolt, a Saint Louis University Health Informatics graduate student

Barry Davolt, a Health Informatics graduate student was awarded a program assistantship at the Health Information Management Systems Society conference, Feb. 23-27 in Orlando, Fl. The Health information and Management Systems Society is a global not-for-profit organization devoted to improving health through information technology. The annual HIMSS conference is the signature event of the health IT community and this year attracted over 38,000 attendees.

The national HIMSS organization covered the costs for Davolt’s registration for the conference, preconference workshops and hotel room. The Midwest HIMSS chapter covered his airfare to, from, and meals during the conference. The total award to Davolt was $2,500.

As a program assistant, Davolt was able to attend the Linking Clinical Analytics and Business Intelligence to Improved Clinical Care and Operational Performance Symposia prior to the start of the conference. In addition he attended conference educational sessions as well as keynote addresses by Mark Bertonlini, CEO of Aetna; Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and United States Senator; Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

He was also responsible for coordinating educational sessions and served as a wayfinder for attendees and assistant to speakers during the educational sessions. In addition, he stepped in as a moderator for one of the educational sessions. He took advantage of this opportunity to network with attendees and exhibitors, which led to two job leads. Davolt said, “Working as a program assistant was a very unique opportunity to both learn from and network with leaders in the healthcare IT industry.”

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