HIMSS inaugural blogging event to foster health IT thought-leadership
Click here to see the Call for HIMSS NHIT Blog Carnival
Net New Growth, LLC is proud to participate in the HIMSS inaugural blogging event: the 1st National Health IT Week Blog Carnival. All bloggers are asked to answer the following question: “How will health IT make a difference a year from now at the next National Health IT Week?”
A common anecdote we all hear in politics, business, academia, and of course health is that information is power. In our time, however, health information is empowering. Health information technology (Health IT) in 2013 will further empower patients, as well as physicians and other healthcare stakeholders, to improve the quality of care received and given.
The patient can feel empowered through Health IT to see multiple doctors, out of state doctors or get a new insurance provider and know their information will stay with them through electronic health (or medical) records. The patient is empowered to feel safe and secure knowing their personal health information is protected, as well as accessible in times of need. The Blue Button Initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows an individual to download and print their health information in a simple PDF on any computer. This is one example of the empowerment of health information.
The Physician (and other healthcare stakeholders) will be able to improve the quality of care, prevent illness, and identify key health trends across the nation and so much more because of Health IT. In 2013, physicians and other stakeholders will have even more access to health information from their patients, as well as more information to compare trends of sickness, medication, etc.
Overall, in 2013 we will see a greater move from small to big. Right now the Standard and Interoperability (S&I) Framework, Model-Driven Health Tools (MDHT) and other initiatives from the Office of the National Coordinator include collaboration amongst Health IT community stakeholders, developers, software and technical engineers. This collaboration leads to innovation and imagination to develop new tools and a larger system for the exchange of health information. In 2013, the tools developed now will be implemented at a greater, larger community level (e.g. small group collaboration to large community access).
National Health IT Week provides a specific week during the year (September 10 – 14, 2012) to increase the dialogue and communication between public and private Health IT enterprises. We at Net New Growth, LLC support the initiatives of HIMSS and National Health IT Week.