National Health IT Week

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National Health Information Technology Week (NHIT Week) is a collaborative forum showcasing the essential role of health IT as it improves quality, expands access to and helps curb costs of healthcare in America.

During the week of September 15-19, HIMSS will be hosting and participating in a number of in-person and digital events to move the needle on health IT policy, implementation and awareness. Navigate the resources below to find out how you can do your part to be a part of positive change in our healthcare system.

Engage Policymakers

Thoughtful and relevant policy is pivotal to healthcare transformation. That's why health IT community colleagues from all over the nation annually convene for the HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington, DC, where they connect with federal and congressional policymakers to effect vital healthcare system changes. To guide our nation's policymakers toward a brighter future in health IT, HIMSS has prepared three congressional asks:

  1. Minimize the Disruption of Healthcare from Federally Health Information Technology Program Changes
  2. Fund the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to Support Mission
  3. Expand Telehealth in Support of Healthcare Transformation
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Your voice matters. Follow and tweet your respective congressional leaders on Twitter to get them engaged in groundbreaking health IT conversation.

 

HIMSS Policy Summit

Register for the HIMSS Policy Summit by visiting www.himss.org/policysummit or by clicking the button located at the bottom of this page.

Find Your HIT Value Proposition

Interoperable data exchange is essential to healthcare transformation. The ability to efficiently and securely exchange health information among healthcare stakeholders is fundamental to promoting patient safety, achieve quality outcomes, and control costs. Interoperability and standardization of data and transmission rules are essential to exchange of health information.

Health IT is critical to improving quality of healthcare. Measuring and reporting actual care delivered and clinical outcomes in accordance with established clinical quality measures is a critical component of any substantive, impactful healthcare transformation effort. Consistent clinical quality measures (CQMs) across federally mandated programs must be defined nationally against which quality of care delivery can be measured and assessed in order to support essential quality improvements and cost containment measures.

Health IT is stimulating the U.S. economy. Health IT supports workforce development in the U.S. and exports opportunities abroad. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a need for thousands of new health IT jobs over the next decade. Workforce development programs include community colleges, university-based, and non-profit programs. Programs must also make use of internships, apprenticeships, and fellowships that give students and transitioning professionals a real-world experience. Federal agencies working with U.S. companies, healthcare organizations, and non-profit associations can document lessons and best practices from the Meaningful Use Program and apply them to overseas markets.

Let's create a common vocabulary on health IT value – to engage all stakeholders. HIMSS Health IT Value Suite provides a robust library of value-focused, evidence-based examples of value classified using its five Health IT Value STEPS™:

  • Satisfaction
  • Treatment/Clinical
  • Electronic Information/Data
  • Prevention & Patient Education
  • Savings

Progress the Conversation

A common vocabulary on health IT value requires a collective conversation. Join @HIMSS and the health IT social media community for a National Health IT Week-focused #HITsm Twitter Chat to discuss successes, pain points and the future of defining and realizing health IT value:

Twitter LogoWhen: Friday, September 19 at 11 a.m. CT
Where:
#HITsm TWUBS chat room
Hashtag:
#HITsm

Go grassroots to drive health IT advocacy. As a partner- and supporter-driven celebration, HIMSS encourages participants to explore creative ways to raise awareness and help the collective cause by celebrating in their local communities. The National Health IT Week partner toolkit gives participants 10 ways to celebrate NHIT Week in Their Hometown.

Showcase your participation and connect with your local community on Twitter by using the #NHITweek hashtag.