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Florida Association of Free Clinics (FAFC) 3rd Annual Conference - Orlando, Florida

The Florida Association of Free Clinics (FAFC) held its 3rd Annual Conference - September 20-21, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  Over 100 attendees from across the state came together to share their passion and learnings with other members of the Free Clinic Community.

TATE's contributions to FAFC were duly recognized in their 2011-2012 Annual Report.  We have been working with FAFC for over 3 years now - and it makes me proud to be associated with such a wonderful organization.  The credit goes to my friends and colleagues Marisel Losa, Founder of FAFC and Mark R. Cruise, Chair of the FAFC Executive Committee for their leadership and vision for Free Clinics in Florida.

I presented on our current work and vision for the Free Clinic Research & Educational Engagement Network (FREENet).  The FAFC meeting was a great opportunity to engage new clinics in FREENet initiatives.  Please click here to download the presentation. 

TATE and FAFC continue to build on the shared vision for Free Clinics in Florida and become an exemplary model for community engagement - advance the cause for the medically disenfranchised in communities across our great nation.


Using Cloud EHRs to Achieve Meaningful Use on a $0 Budget 

For those of you who attended our webinar, Using Cloud EHRs to Achieve Meaningful Use on a $0 Budget, we thank you for joining us.

For those that were unable to attend and those who would like to view again or share the webinar with their colleagues please click below - and you may download the slides via our Webinar Archives.


Georgia Charitable Care Network 8th Annual Conference - Atlanta, GA - May 07, 2012

TATE will be presenting at the 8th Annual Conference of the Georgia Charitable Care Network (GCCN) on Monday, May 07, 2012 in Atlanta Georgia. 

The topic of our presentation is "Health IT Transformations in Free & Charitable Clinics".  My colleagues Dr. Wilson D. Pace, MD, FAAFP,  Director of the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network (AAFP NRN) and Mark R. Cruise, MDiv, Principal Free Clinic Solutions will be joining me in the presentation. 

We are working on our plans to bring our Health IT programs for Free & Charitable Clinics to Georgia.  It has been on our roadmap for quite some time - hoping to engage community stewards like GCCN in our efforts.  We hope to also engage community members, including social entrepreneurs and academic institutions in our initiatives. 

I would like to thank Donna Looper, Executive Director of GCCN for extending us the invitation to present at the event.

I will report back after the meeting and post the presentation on our website.


HIT '12: Healthcare Information Transformation Conference, April 3-4, 2012 in Jacksonville, FL

TATE is being represented at the HIT '12: Healthcare Information Transformation Conference, April 3-4, 2012 in Jacksonville, FL.  The conference is being organized by Opal Events, and coordinated by Jennifer Stevens Bramley. The organizers have isolated the top 12 issues that are keeping healthcare IT executives up at night and what can be done to tackle these critical issues. The top 12 hits will include (not including the bonus tracks):

  1. Prioritizing HIT issues in 2012 and beyond
  2. IT innovation in the time of compliance
  3. The challenges of ICD-10 implementation
  4. Storage growth; keeping up with demand
  5. Moving from data to analytics/business intelligence
  6. Health information exchanges: architecture, applications, connectivity
  7. Creating a mobile plan and infrastructure
  8. Making information available anytime, anywhere
  9. Meaningful use stage 2 and beyond—optimizing IT strategies
  10. Considering the cloud for EHRs—or not
  11. Integrating inpatient and outpatient information systems
  12. Protecting data and privacy
    and more.

I am the Conference Chair and will also be presenting on Health IT Transformations in Free Clinics - "Meaningful Use on a Zero Budget".  My colleagues Marisel Losa, Founder of the Florida Association of Free Clinics (FAFC), and Mark R. Cruise, Principal of Free Clinic Solutions will join me in the presentation.  The full agenda may be found here.

The conference will be a great opportunity to catch up with HIT leaders from around the country.  The distinguished speaker faculty includes among others, Kate Berry, CEO of the National eHealth Collaborative, Rick Moore, CIO, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and Deborah Lafky, Director, Center for Strategic Health Innovation at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine.  The complete list of speakers may be found here.

I will report back after the conference - and post my presentations on our website.

Tom M. Gomez


Health IT Transformations in Free Clinics - An Update

The Florida Association of Free Clinics (FAFC) held its 2nd Annual Conference in Clearwater, Florida, Dec 1-2, 2011.  A great event - and an opportunity to get feedback on our charter project "Health IT Transformations in Free Clinics".  Over 85 Free Clinic directors and managers from across Florida attended the conference.  I presented on both days of the conference - the appreciation for TATE's work with Free Clinics was humbling. 

TATE's efforts were duly recognized by FAFC in their Annual Report.  My presentations at the FAFC 2nd Annual Conference are available on the FAFC website

Our work with Free Clinics in Florida is a significant step in advancing "Health IT Transformations in Free Clinics" across the nation.   2012 should see considerably more traction for TATE programs - stay tuned for more details....

Tom M. Gomez