September 15th starts off the 9th annual observance of National Health Information Technology Week.
This week is intended to help raise awareness of the importance of technology in the health care field, and the ways in which it can improve patient care. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT:
National Health IT Week celebrates the efforts that have been made through the use of Health IT —and are being made—in the transformation of how care is delivered, health information shared, quality measured, reimbursements dispersed, and patients engaged in their own health and health care.
Each day this week has a specific focus or theme chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT:
- Patient Engagement – Monday
- Advancing Interoperability Through Meaningful Use – Tuesday
- Advancing Interoperability Across the Care Continuum – Beyond – Wednesday
- Advancing Interoperability Through Standards – Thursday
- Clinical Quality & Safety – Friday
You can learn more by going to the website of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT here:
You can also learn more about National Health IT Week by going to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society website here:
Here at Minnesota State University Moorhead, our Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center utilizes Health IT to help improve the student’s health care experience on campus. From electronic submission of immunization records to their Open Communicator (a secure online portal for students to access Medical Services), Hendrix and MSUM are committed to using IT to benefit the students. You can learn more here: