This Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, a working meeting of innovators, policy and health IT experts, health care providers, patient organizations, technology companies, and government agencies will convene in Washington to assess progress in improving transitions in care and prioritize how the increasing availability of health IT can address some of the most intractable challenges related to care transitions on a broader scale.

The event will be held in Washington, DC at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health at 700 2nd Street NE, Washington DC 20002 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In-person attendance is by invitation only, but the event will also be webcast live. For more information on accessing the webcast, please go to this link.

The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Kaiser Permanente will host the meeting. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services and the HHS Partnership for Patients Initiative are key participants. Health Affairs is pleased to be a media partner for the event, along with Health 2.0.

Health Affairs has devoted a great deal of attention over the years to the need to improve care transitions,” said Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of the journal. “We look forward to capturing learnings from this session, and hope to publish a series of ‘Innovation Profiles’ detailing how organizations are tackling the goal of better care transitions, and in particular, making the best use of health information technology in order to do so.”