ONC Celebrates National Health IT Week

ONC Events this Week

The 8th Annual National Health IT Week this year will be September 16–20, 2013. The week raises awareness of Health Information Technology’s power to improve the health and health care of patients all across the nation, and at lower cost. National Health IT Week celebrates the efforts that have been made—and are being made—in the transformation of how care is delivered and paid for and how patients engage in their own health and health care.

The ONC has specifically selected themes for each day of Health IT Week that are the key elements to help the nation on the path to interoperability.

Monday, September 16: Patient Engagement Blue Button & Blue Button Plus
2013 Consumer Health IT Summit: Accelerating the Blue Button Movement

The 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit will bring together Federal leaders including: Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS, Leon Rodriguez, Director, Office for Civil Rights and other leaders from the private and non-profit sectors. The 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit is a chance to learn from and share your experiences with others who are leading the charge to empower consumers to be better partners in their health. Join or follow the conversation with these Twitter hashtags: #HealthIT4U #BlueButton

Tuesday, September 17: Building Trust
Update on National HIE Governance Activities

In this webinar, representatives from ONC will give an update on national HIE governance efforts, including a brief overview of the ONC Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange, Exemplar grantee projects, and National HIE Governance Forum efforts. Since April, NeHC and ONC have brought together over thirty HIE governing entities monthly to discuss, prioritize, catalog some of the most challenging aspects of HIE governance and identify common solutions. Forum participants will review issues and topics that have been discussed to date including approaches to trust such as: duty to respond, local autonomy, and chain of trust. Additionally, Forum participants will discuss the progress being made in the National HIE Governance Forum’s Privacy and Security workgroup in developing promising practices related to trust. Register for this event.

Wednesday, September 18: Transforming the Health Care System through Health IT
Webinar 3:30 pm ET: Accelerating Practice Transformation through Health IT

Join ONC for a discussion about how HITECH Programs are supporting healthcare providers in Colorado transform into highly functioning, health IT enabled practices that can coordinate patient care across the medical neighborhood, engage patients in their care and well-being, and manage populations to improve health outcomes and avoid unnecessary care. The panel of experts will share their experiences and discussion will explore how other states and communities can learn from, iterate on and build upon their roadmap for transforming health care in Colorado. Register for this event.

Thursday, September 19: Defining the Path to Interoperability
Shining on through Health IT: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead with the Beacon Communities

As the award period for the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Beacon Community Program wraps up this fall, we look forward to welcoming Janhavi Kirtane Fritz from the ONC and representatives from Beacon communities around the country to share their lessons learned and how their achievements will shape future directions and community collaborations. The presentation will also provide an overview of their newly-developed learning guides that distill the experiences and lessons learned from Beacon Communities, highlighting advancements in automated alerting, IT-enabled care management, quality measurement, and community-level health information exchange. Get participation details.