Putting the IT in Transitions ONC Event

Health Information IT directly from the ONC

TODAY from 8-3 EST, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will participate in “Putting the IT in Transitions,” an event hosted by several key organizations – the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente. The Partnership for Patients, Health Affairs, and Health2.0 will also be key participants among other widely known individuals working on this issue.

The convening agenda is designed to discuss opportunities and challenges related to hospital discharges, readmission occurrences, and the IT interventions that can improve these transitions for patients, families, and medical professionals. The meeting aims to:

  1. Identify promising transitional care models and approaches that work, and uncover where the biggest gaps or problems remain;
  2. Prioritize opportunities for innovation that can improve transitions of care, with a particular focus on health IT innovation;
  3. Inspire specific actions that can be taken in local communities; and
  4. Engage meeting participants and others to foster greater innovation/development in this area.

Learn from leading innovators from patient organizations, information technology companies, health care providers, health policy organizations, and patients to review and identify measures to enhance care quality, improve patient safety and reduce costs. Engage  with the online community through twitter and Google+.  Follow Brian Ahier (@ahier) or use the hashtag #ITrans for more info.

The meeting will feature several Beacon Communities, spotlighting their comprehensive and community-focused use of IT intervention strategies to improve care coordination, collaboration, and improve cost savings across the 17 Beacon Communities nationwide.  ONC will also announce new policy standards in areas including technological interoperability that can be applied to multiple health system settings integrating IT innovations.

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