March 16, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 11


Of Note


700 preview electronic future during successful 'EXPO 2001'

Jerry York and Dr. Berghel Jerry York, vice president and chief information officer (right), welcomes Dr. Hal Berghel of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, to the EXPO 2001. Dr. Berghel gave the inaugural lecture on Feb. 28.

Dr. Terry V. Fotrč Dr. Terry V. Fotrè, president and chief scientist of MEDePass Inc., assistant clinical professor of surgery/emergency medicine at Stanford Medical School and assistant clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, discusses the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act on March 1. The panel discussion drew more than 100.

Approximately 700 attended the Health Science Center's "EXPO 2001: e-University: A New Frontier at the UTHSC" on Feb. 28 and March 1, making the first event of its kind at the Health Science Center a success.

"We received thousands of visits to the EXPO Web site and more than $18,000 in grants and sponsorships for the event," reported Jerry York, vice president and chief information officer.

Thirty-one regional and national speakers and 21 presentations enlightened UTHSC faculty, staff and students and community health care providers in the areas of e-Access, e-Health care, e-Learning, e-Publishing and e-Research.

At the kick-off event on Feb. 28, Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, UTHSC president, said, "As a university president, I am excited not just by technology for the sake of technology, but by our commitment to mastering the technology for the benefit of those we serve. The presenters at this EXPO will allow us to lift the edge of the tent just a bit and let us get a glimpse of the future."

York attributed the success of the event to the hard work, expertise and detailed planning of the committee, coordinators and volunteers.

"In addition, the speakers were uniformly superb and the vendor booths provided attendees with excellent offerings," York said.

The UTHSC library and the department of information management and services sponsored the two-day event. Tania Bardyn, library, and Dr. John Littlefield, academic informatics services, were the co-chairs.