Information technology has revolutionized many industries, and healthcare is no exception.
Gone are the days of clunky computer systems and paper charts. Today’s physicians have 24/7 access to medical records at their fingertips, and patients can view test results and schedule follow-up appointments through apps on their phones. Technologies such as electronic health records (EHRs) have helped hospitals cut back on paperwork and unnecessary tests and procedures, while improving the safety and coordination of care and giving patients direct access to their medical information.
Despite these advances, there are still more challenges to overcome in the healthcare information technology (HIT) landscape. Fortunately, U.S. National Health IT Week is a time for the industry to recalibrate its focus on driving change in healthcare through the application of information and technology. Founded by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Institute for e-Policy, the weeklong celebration runs September 23–27 under the theme “Supporting Healthy Communities.” The week features webinars, virtual conferences, and other events led by national healthcare stakeholders, including providers, public agencies, nonprofits, and policy makers. These events encourage stakeholders to share their successes with healthcare IT and collaborate on initiatives for further advancement.
Of course, the healthcare IT innovations that make the biggest impact nationwide start with local hospitals in how they use these resources to deliver care to patients, building healthier communities in the process.
Celebrate this year’s U.S. National Healthcare IT Week by sharing your own successful HIT experiences and showcasing how these emerging technologies are transforming care in your hospital. Here are some ways to get involved:
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