By Haley Nicholson
This week, Oct. 8-12, is National Health IT Week.
What is it and why does it matter?
National Health IT Week is a nationwide opportunity to focus on change within the U.S. health system and it’s increasing use of technology. The week, founded in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the Institute for e-Policy, brings together partners in the health IT space to lead a series of events with national health stakeholders.
Activities include interacting with the White House and federal agencies, Congress, state agencies, providers and nonprofit organizations among others. During the week, stakeholders work together to highlight ways that health technology can and will transform healthcare in the United States.
HIMSS was founded at the Georgia Institute more than 50 years ago. A global, cause-based, nonprofit, the organization works to find ways for optimizing health engagements and care outcomes with information and technology, has more than 70,000 members working as healthcare providers in governmental and nonprofit organizations and is governed by a volunteer board of directors compromised of elected HIMMS members.
During National Health IT week, HIMMS encourages those interested in participating directly and remotely to focus on the following points of engagement:
- Supporting healthcare transformation
- Expanding access to quality healthcare
- Increasing economic opportunity
- Making communities healthier
The NCSL Health and Human Services Committee passed a resolution at the 2018 NCSL Legislative Summit in support of National Health IT Week. State legislators continue to discuss the value, successes and challenges involved in integrating technology into state health systems. Learn more about National Health IT Week and how to be involved.
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Haley Nicholson is a policy director, health, in NCSL's State-Federal Program based in Washington, D.C.