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U.S. NHIT Week 2018: Chapter Advocacy Challenge

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U.S. National Health IT Week (NHIT Week), October 8-12, is a nationwide awareness week focused on catalyzing actionable change within the U.S. health system through the application of information and technology. Virtually, in Washington DC and beyond, NHIT Week stakeholders collaborate towards actionable outcomes which demonstrate the power information and technology has to transform health in the U.S., and its wide-reaching global impact.

Alana Lerer

The HIMSS State Government Affairs team issued the Chapter Advocacy Challenge this year to encourage chapter advocates to engage with state and local level stakeholders in developing recommendations for creation or revision of an existing state or territorial health IT roadmap or strategic plan.

Currently only about 15 states and territories in the U.S. have a health IT strategic plan that has been updated within the last four years. Our goal is to increase that number or to infuse health IT into existing state strategic plans, including emergency preparedness and State Health Improvement Plans. HIMSS chapter leaders and advocates serve an important role as subject matter experts and conveners of state-level stakeholders to take on this challenge.

The five NHIT Week Advocacy Challenge Chapter participants are:

  1. Central/North Florida, South Florida, Puerto Rico
  2. Greater Illinois
  3. Montana
  4. New York State
  5. Texas (Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio)

Each of these chapter teams aim to build or revise their state/territory health IT roadmap or strategic plan and to connect other plans, such as the state health information exchange plan and state emergency preparedness plan. Projects focus on health information exchange, diabetes management, general health IT planning and several other intertwined goals relating to emergency preparedness.

Applying These Efforts to the NHIT Week Points of Engagement

The advocacy challenge applies to all points of engagement for NHIT Week. It aims to pool together resources and catalyze change through collaboration across often siloed teams at the state level.

NHIT Week 2018 pillars or points of engagement this year include supporting healthcare transformation, expanding access to high quality healthcare, increasing economic opportunity and making communities healthier.

From the state and local government perspective, NHIT Week is all about finding creative ways for the HIMSS community to work with appointed and elected state officials, nonprofit community partners and other local stakeholders to move the needle of progress.

National Health IT Week | October 8-12

Healthcare Transformation | Access to Care | Economic Opportunity | Healthy Communities

Share your story, provide insights and help develop healthcare policy during NHIT Week – focused on catalyzing actionable change within the U.S. health system through the effective use of health IT.

View this year’s calendar of events
Explore this guide on supporting #NHITWeek through social media
Submit an #IHeartHIT Story
Participate in the Virtual March
Explore 10 ways to celebrate in your hometown
See the 2018 NHIT Week partners list, and sign up today