Many of us may have encountered a medical situation where a family member or loved one’s life was saved by early detection, new drugs, or a new procedure. Contrary to these more obvious technological medical advances, health IT is quietly advancing medicine. Health IT—specifically electronic health records (EHRs)--improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.
National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum and virtual awareness week that assembles key healthcare constituents dedicated to working together to elevate the necessity of advancing health through the best use of information technology.
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It's the one week of the year when we can thank people who work in Health Information Technology because it's the folks behind the scenes who are helping to transform our healthcare system, hospital by hospital, physician by physician, county by county, state by state.
Dottie Howe, Communications Director, CliniSync HIE and Ohio Health Information Partnership
Participating in NHIT is a fantastic way to engage our community around the value and capabilities of HIT.
Corey Zeigler, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization.
We are at a critical point on the path to healthcare transformation in the U.S. Policymakers want to know if we are making progress on health IT interoperability, so that the right information is available to the right person, at the right time, on the right device, in the right format to empower the right health decisions. Your stories can inspire a collective discussion on how to realize the full potential of health IT and health information exchange to improve access to quality care, more effectively engage patients and achieve better health outcomes. Share your story and help impact policy makers.
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