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ISM draws Texas-sized turnout.

IT Solutions Management for Human Services

an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association

The 44th Annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services (ISM) conference, held August 14-17 in Austin, Texas, drew 838 attendees, which was the highest turnout in recent memory.

The main topic of discussion at the conference was the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Speakers included officials from various federal agencies, along with state, local and industry representatives. Each gave their perspective on the cross-cutting impact of the ACA and other key legislation. Sessions exploring the opportunities to connect health care reform with existing human service programs and systems, as well as the efforts of states to plan and implement health insurance exchanges were well attended and well received.

The conference offered three tracks of breakout sessions focusing on business drivers and approaches, innovative IT solutions being implemented, and new and exciting technology now available to human service agencies. In addition, more than 50 health and human service private-sector vendors displayed their solutions at booths, through conference sessions, and via customer demos.

Despite temperatures reaching more than 100 degrees each day, many conference-goers were able to take time to sample the charms of Texas' capital city. ISM sponsors hosted a number of outings and activities to help attendees enjoy the sights and sounds of Austin.

ISM President Lou Polzella announced that next year's ISM conference will be held August 26-29 in Baltimore.

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Title Annotation:association news; 44th Annual IT Solutions Management for Human Services conference
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Conference notes
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Date:Oct 1, 2011
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