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What Is Happening in Your Region for NHIT Week?

With participants from Alaska to Puerto Rico, National Health IT Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. This annual collaborative displays the essential role and important promise in transforming health and healthcare in the US.

During this year’s NHIT Week, the Colorado, New Jersey, Delaware Valley, Greater Illinois, and Louisiana Chapters of HIMSS are conducting regional events highlighting model health IT practices, legislation, and state policies that promote HIMSS’s overarching goal of better health through information and technology.

These events provide a wonderful opportunity to educate local and state officials about the four points of engagement for NHIT Week.

1. Supporting Healthcare Transformation:

The many ways in which health IT is driving transformation in healthcare delivery including improvements in quality and safety, interoperability, advances in innovation, and patient and consumer activation and engagement.

2. Expanding Access to High Quality Healthcare:

Use of innovative technologies including telehealth and remote patient monitoring to improve healthcare access, coordination and outcomes.

3. Increasing Economic Opportunity:

Highlighting the importance of a robust, diverse health IT workforce and health IT’s role in supporting economic growth.

4. Making Communities Healthier:

The fundamental role health IT plays in supporting population and public health.

 

Here is what is happening across the regions.

Oct. 3 -Southern Region: The Louisiana Chapter of HIMSS joins forces with the Louisiana Department of Health for the 2nd Annual Connect Louisiana Symposium in Baton Rouge, La. , at the Louisiana’s Old State Capitol.

The Louisiana Department of Health co-sponsors this event. The Louisiana Chapter also joins with the Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Medical Society, and Louisiana Tech University to conduct an opioid “hackathon” in conjunction with the conference. Keynote speakers for the conference are both former Louisiana state officials and National Coordinators for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, and Vindell Washington, MD.

To register for this event, click here.

Oct. 4 -Eastern Region: The Delaware Valley and New Jersey Chapters of HIMSS focus National Health IT Week events during their 10th Annual Fall Conference from Oct. 4-6, in Atlantic City, NJ, at Harrah’s Resort and Casino. A networking reception precedes the conference on Wednesday evening.

The Thursday conference includes a packed schedule of keynote presentations and five educational track sessions. The agenda and theme celebrates 10 years of health IT collaboration, leadership and learning. On Oct. 4, the chapters’ reception acknowledges the signing of state proclamations in support of NHIT Week with remarks expected from New Jersey State Assemblyman, Herb Conaway MD, JD.

To register for this event click here.

Oct. 5 - Midwest Region: The Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS holds their National Health IT week event on Oct. 5, in Chicago, at the Catalyst Ranch-West Loop. The main theme and agenda focus on the trends in payer/provider collaboration and the critical role of IT as a change agent.

The chapter invited state officials, including the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD, to connect issues related to the opioid crisis and health IT challenges. John Klimek, R.Ph, SVP, standards & IT, National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), delivers the keynote address.

To register for this event click here.

Oct. 6 - Western Region: The Colorado Chapter of HIMSS celebrates National Health IT Week on Oct. 5 at the Denver Art Museum. This gathering culminates weeklong activities that include:

• commendation of facilities and representatives striving for improvements in health IT in Colorado;

• blog posts celebrating health IT successes and letters to news publications that bring attention to current health IT challenges; and finally,

• a showcase with leaders of and movement in health IT across Colorado, plus information for chapter members on what is ahead for the 2017-18 year.

Mary Anne Leach, director, Office of eHealth Innovation, State of Colorado - ‎Governor's Office, comes to the podium as the keynote speaker.

To register for this event click here.

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