Cardiology Magazine — March-April 2011
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ACC.11 Expo to Offer Enhanced Opportunities in New Orleans

The ACC.11 Expo continues to be a learning experience, with a new feature — the Hospital to Home (H2H) Learning Destination — and several established areas, such as the Poster presentations, the Heart Songs Learning Lab, Trial ist Is In sessions, Hands-On Learning Labs and the Industry-Expert Theater.

The Expo, featuring more than 300 exhibitors, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Halls A-F. Coffee Breaks will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day and from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Mid-Day Breaks will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p. m. on Sunday and from 12:15 to 2 p. m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Special pavilions in the hall include the i2 Summit Inter ventional Pavilion, the Electronic Health Records Pavilion, ACC Central, the Cardio Smart Pavilion and the Publisher’s Showcase.

New this year, the H2H Learning Destination, in partnership with Philips Health care, is designed to be an interactive education exhibit highlighting the ways collaboration, better communication and the innovative use of technology can improve the patient transition from inpatient to outpatient status.

The exhibit follows three patients through the H2H process, while having an opportunity to interact with cutting edge equipment and technologies that can facilitate patient management and ultimately improve outcomes. Additionally, participants will learn about various solutions that enableCardiovascular professionals, regardless of setting, to work collaboratively to provide the best treatment options for patients.

The adjoining H2H Theater features presentations by physicians and thought leaders on various H2H-related issues ranging from medication adherence to the importance of team-based care and the role of the patient. You’ll also hear perspectives on a variety of best practices used by hospitals and private practices, as well as have the opportunity to discuss with experts the many challenges to reducing read missions.

Posters are grouped by topic and separated into groups of five abstracts with a moderator so attendees can learn more about the topic and have discussions individually or as a group.

Posters will be presented in Hall F from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:45 to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p. m. on Tuesday. Poster presenters and moderators will be in the poster area from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

The Heart Songs Self-Paced Learning Lab, a unique way to learn cardiac auscultation. To improve auditory recognition skill in cardiac auscultation, attendees will view an introduction to understand the educational rationale for the program and take a pre-test toEstablish a base line for learning skills.

Following the test, attendees can listen to Audio Heart Sounds on an i Pod Touch while viewing poster boards that contain didactic information on each sound. After viewing the poster boards, attendees can take a test on a computer to see if the session improved their skills.

The clinical skills workshop will provide attendees with a choice of three sessions: the first on five common heart murmurs and the second on more advanced sounds including bicuspid aortic valve, mitral prolapse and hypertrophic cardio my opathy. New this year is the third session, on expert sounds, including combined aortic stenosis and regurgitation, and combined mitral stenosis and regurgitation.

Each session takes about 30 minutes to complete. Sessions are self paced and can start at any time.

The Industry Expert Theater offers one-hour promotional presentations from industry leaders. Hands-On Learning Labs offer an opportunity to use a device, equipment or workstation under supervision. Sessions will be presented in Hall C at 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p. m. and 3:45 p.m. on Sunday; 9:45, 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. on Monday; and 9:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Trialist Is In sessions feature round table discussions with presenters from late breaking clinical trials.

ACC’s Cardio Source Collaborates with Med Page Today to Bring Expanded Meeting News Coverage

The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Cardio Source has long been a source of scientific news coverage from the largest cardiovascular meetings – ACC, AHA, ESC and TCT. Cardio Source is collaborating with Med Page Today, a news service for physicians reporting breaking medical news, in order to provide the most comprehensive coverage of cardiovascular news from a broad spectrum of scientific meetings. Together, Cardio- Source and Med Page Today will offer in-depth coverage of more than 20 cardiovascular meetings from around the world. In addition to the four meetings already covered by CardioSource, the collaboration, called “On the Scene,” will include news from the Heart Rhythm Society, SCAI 2011 Scientific Sessions, Euro PCR, Heart Failure Congress and ASNC, to name a few. “On the Scene” will include dedicated meeting news pages on the and websites as well as newsletter distribution by each entity. To register to receive news from these additional meetings, go to Cardio- and select the “MedPage Today/CardioSource” News e-newsletter option.

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