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Visit Us at APA in Philly During Mental Health Month


The 165th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association begins on May 5 and goes through May 9 in downtown Philadelphia. The theme for this year’s meeting, chosen by President John Oldham MD, is Integrated Care, which is inherent in some of the talks we will be giving, especially on health information technology.

Courtesy S.R. Daviss, M.D.

The Shrink Rap crew will all be there this year and plan to write about interesting talks and observations thoughout the week. You will be able to find these posts either here, on Shrink Rap and HIT Shrink, and also by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@clinkshrink, @shrinkrapdinah, @shrinkraproy).

Here are the talks we are giving this year.

Workshop 11: EHRs: What to look for when selecting an EHR for your practice

Saturday, May 5 11-12:30p. Convention Center, Level 1, Rm 109A

Co-Chairs: Steven R. Daviss, M.D., Robert M. Plovnick, M.D., M.S.
Presenters: Edward Pontius, M.D., Lori Simon, M.D., Zebulon Taintor, M.D., Roger Duda, M.D.

At the conclusion of the session the participant should be able to: 1) Explain the purpose of certification of EHRs, 2) Describe three methods of assessing EHR usability, 3) Enumerate five different types of functionality to look for when selecting an EHR for a psychiatric practice, 4) List the steps involved in EHR implementation, and 5) Describe the different ways that Health Information Exchanges deal with sensitive health information.

Seminar 7: Writing, Blogging, and Podcasting About Psychiatry for the Public: A Guide for the Perplexed

Sunday, May 6 8-12n. Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Registration II.

Directors: Steven R. Daviss, M.D. Annette Hanson, M.D. Faculty(s): Dinah Miller, M.D.

At the conclusion of the session the participant should be able to: 1) Understand the major steps involved in getting a book published; 2) Identify what a blog is and understand the pros and cons of writing about psychiatry on the Internet; 3) Know about a variety of ways to communicate to the public about the field of psychiatry in a variety of new media formats, including podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

Note: the APA added this type of extended seminar this year to allow time for more in-depth coverage and more attendee interaction. In previous years, this would have been a paid course, but is now free.

Symposium 60: Electronic Health Records & Privacy Issues

Monday, May 7 2-5p. Convention Ctr, Level 1, Rm 117

Deven McGraw: Privacy as Health IT Enabler: Are we There Yet?

Glen Martin: Health Information Exchanges or the Healthy Exchange of Information:

Can It Be Done While Protecting our Patients’ Privacy Interests?

Robert Kolodner: Open-Source Software as Shared Infrastructure: A Novel Strategy to Enhance Data Interoperability While Improving Information Privacy in EHRs and HIEs

Steven Daviss: Balancing Privacy With Convenience and Utility in Health Networks: Merging of HIEs, PHRs, and Social Media

Zebulon Taintor: Trends and Consequences in Breaches of Protected Health Information

Deborah Peel: Discussant

Workshop 114: Psychiatrists and the New Media: Gaining Control of Our Specialty's Public Image

Tuesday, May 8, 1:30-3p. Convention Ctr, Level 1, 102B

Presenter(s): Annette Hanson, M.D., Hsiung C. Robert, M.D., Steven Balt, M.D., M.S., Dinah Miller, M.D.

Psychiatrists have long been challenged to get a fair shake in mainstream “old media”, such as film, TV, and print. Stereotypes and caricatures of psychiatrists have predominated in these media, with sensationalist portrayals gaining the most attention. As a result, those who have never had contact with a psychiatrist have opinions of us formed largely out of these skewed impressions. “New media” carry the promise of psychiatrists having greater control over the opinions formed of us. Social media is more personal and more empowering, requiring only an internet connection to broadcast one’s ideas to the global village. With this new power comes more opportunities for successfully portraying what the practice of psychiatry is all about, yet also more hazards for us to get it wrong.

There is also a book signing at the Johns Hopkins University Press booth #426 on the Exhibit floor at 12:15 on Sunday. I also expect there will be free copies of Clinical Psychiatry News at the Elsevier booth #407.

Please stop in at one or more of our presentations and say Hi while enjoying Philadelphia and the meeting. (Dinah may even still have ducks to give out.)
—Steven Roy Daviss, MD, DFAPA

DR. DAVISS is chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore Washington Medical Center, chair of the APA Committee on Electronic Health Records, on the Health Standards Committee at URAC, and co-author of Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to HITshrink, he can be found at, and on the Shrink Rap blog.

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