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Health IT Week Kicks Off

September 10, 2012

From Sept. 10 to Sept. 14, health care industry and policy stakeholders will convene for the Seventh Annual National Health IT Week, a collaborative forum for public and private healthcare constituents to discuss the value of health information technology (IT) for the U.S. healthcare system.

Comprehensive healthcare reform is not possible without national awareness and adoption of health IT to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the relationship between patients and their healthcare providers.

One of the highlights of the week-long event is the Capitol Hill Health IT Showcase on Thursday at the Hart Senate Office Building. The Health IT Showcase demonstrates leading-edge telehealth, chronic disease monitoring, EMRs, and related health information technology. A National Health IT Week Press Conference with members of Congress will take place on Thursday, as well.

Want to get involved? It’s easy for individuals and organizations across the healthcare spectrum to participate. Potential partners – including corporate, non-profit and academic institutions – should visit the National Health IT Week website Partners page to learn more about generating awareness of health IT in their communities. In addition the following activities are underway:
• Health IT Blog Carnival – an open call for healthcare and IT industry bloggers who would like to comment on the impact health IT will have in 2013.
• “Health IT is….” Twitter Chat – on Friday, @HIMSS and @HealthStandards are moderating at #HITsm Twitter chat on National Health IT Week at 12 p.m. EDT. More details including chat questions will be shared on the HL7 Standards blog closer to that day.
• Celebrate in Your Hometown – 10 ways to get involved whether externally in your community and/or by communicating the value of health IT within your own organization.

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