Shaping the Future of Health IT
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
This week, the health IT community is celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Health IT Week. This commemorative week is defined as “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.”
As a university partner for National Health IT Week, SBMI encourages our students, staff, faculty, alumni and all other stakeholders to engage in any events or activities taking place during the duration of this week. SBMI is hosting a health IT trivia contest via Facebook page and nationwide, all social media posts related to National Health IT Week should include #NHITWeek. Everyone in the industry can contribute in some way to publicize this forum.
One influential way to participate is to share your health IT story. Those stories can help impact the decisions of U.S. policy makers as HIMSS has outlined three specific areas where the health IT field needs government support:
- Advances in interoperability and health information exchanges (HIE).
- Improvements in the effort to combat cyber threats.
- Providing more access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries.
In order to create awareness regarding these issues, HIMSS is hosting a Public Policy Summit in Washington, DC today and tomorrow. Members from the health IT industry are the best advocates for the changes that are needed moving forward in the advancement of the healthcare industry. Sharing your stories and experiences can play an important role in helping to shape the future of the health IT field.