Maternal Health, Cyber Liability Highlight State Health Conference Saturday


  • WHAT: Women dying after childbirth, criminals hacking into medical records, universal health care coverage, and doctors fighting misinformation are some of the important topics physicians and other experts will cover at 2018 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference, in Austin.

    Physician leaders at the conference will discuss maternal morbidity and mortality in Texas and nationally: How does Texas stack up? What is the purpose of the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force?  

    Also, top physicians will explore how shifts in health care spending affect patients’ decisionmaking, and the effect of new trends in delivering patient care, like the value-based care model.  

    And a different type of “fake news” affects patients’ health care knowledge, as some arrive for their doctor appointment armed with misinformation. Bad information can affect a patient’s health, so experts will examine the important role physicians play in communicating to their patients and others.

    In the Dawn Duster session, experts will advise doctors about cyber thieves who hack into medical offices’ computer systems, and how physicians can build barriers to protect their patients’ information.  

    Hundreds of state and national physician leaders and others will discuss all of this and more at 2018 TMA Winter Conference.  

  • WHEN: THIS Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:30-11:45 am (See schedule below.)

  • WHERE: Hyatt Regency Austin, Level 2, Texas Ballroom, 208 Barton Springs Rd., Austin 



7:30 am
Dawn Duster: Cyber Security — What Physicians Need to Know
-Peter Yu, PhD, director of technology and research scientist, Texas A&M University Rural and Community Health Institute

8:30 am
TMA Foundation Awards and Donor Recognition
-Leslie Secrest, MD, TMA Foundation president

8:45 am
Opening Remarks and Welcome
-Carlos J. Cardenas, MD, TMA president

9 am
American Medical Association (AMA) Update
-Sue Bailey, MD, speaker, AMA House of Delegates
-Ken Sharigian, AMA senior vice president

9:30 am
Achieving Universal Health Care Coverage — A Conservative Road Map for How to Get There  
-Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, pediatrician, UT Health San Antonio
-Avik Roy, opinion editor, Forbes

10:15 am
Maternal Health and Safety
-Carla F. Ortique, MD, vice chair, Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force

11 am
Assessing the Landscape of Health Care
-Dan McCoy, MD, president, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

11:20 am
Effective Communication: Talking to Your Patients in an Era of Fake News
-Moderator: Carlos J. Cardenas, MD
-Michael Mackert, PhD, director, The University of Texas Center for Health Communications
-Jason Terk, MD, pediatrician, Cook Children’s Health Care System

Reporters, please call or ask for Brent Annear or Marcus Cooper upon arrival. We can help you get situated and arrange any interviews you might need.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 51,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Last Updated On

January 23, 2018

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