(September 30, 2015 – Oklahoma City, OK) – This October, OFMQ — as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare —is a proud partner in National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One Vision.”
Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.
With Meaningful Use now providing the way forward, eligible providers across the country increasingly understand the benefits for themselves and their patients, and are adopting Meaningful Use compliant electronic health records.
Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.
The Week consists of events in Washington DC and across the country, including National Health IT Week participants —vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.
To commemorate the week, OFMQ will host a WebEx on “Patient Engagement,” Wednesday, October 7 at 12:15pm. Patient engagement is an essential solution to providing better care and access to health information for patients. The virtual event will cover the Meaningful Use objectives that are related to patient engagement including patient portal usage, and secure messaging with providers, as well as marketing techniques to encourage patients to take a more active role in their healthcare. To register, participants may visit, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patient-engagement-tickets-16313818069.
Visit www.HealthITWeek.org for a full list of partners and updates on the Week’s activities. Working together with our growing coalition of stakeholders, OFMQ is helping to transform healthcare for all.