|[February 13, 2014]
HIMSS Welcomes First CCHIT Summit: The Decade of Health IT
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
CCHIT is launching its first Summit, "The Decade of Health IT", on
February 26, 2014 at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition in
Orlando, Fla. This discussion with newly appointed National Coordinator,
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, and past National Coordinators Dr. David Brailer, Dr.
Robert Kolodner, and Dr. Farzad Mostashari, will offer a critical look
back at the last decade of health IT progress, with an opportunity for
Summit participants to provide input on the desired role of health IT in
the decade to come. The Summit will be moderated by Christopher Weaver,
covering the business of health care for The Wall Street Journal.
"Last month CCHIT announced its plan to return to our independent work,
convening stakeholders to engage in dialogue that will provide guidance
to the healthcare community," said Alisa Ray, CCHIT's executive
director. "With this inaugural Summit, we are delighted to be able to
offer HIMSS14 Annual Conference attendees the opportunity to engage with
this exceptional panel of national health IT leaders."
Recognizing a substantial information gap between the potential benefits
of medical knowledge and the reality of healthcare delivery, President
George W. Bush announced in April 2004 a goal to provide most Americans
with EHRs within the next 10 years to enable the transformation of
healthcare. He appointed Dr. David Brailer to serve as the first
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Soon after, a Framework
for Strategic Action was released to guide that vision. As the
decade closes on that work - a decade that now includes four successive
National Coordinators and a significant increase in health IT policy
making - CCHIT has invite the National Coordinators who have guided and
implemented health IT policy to take stock. Dr. Karen DeSalvo will join
past National Coordinators for that discussion.
The goal of the Summit is to highlight what worked, what more is needed,
why we are where we are, and what we've learned that could improve
chances of success for future policy makers, providers, consumers and
the health IT industry. Participants of the Summit will share in the
discussion and will be asked to directly contribute to creating guidance
for future policy makers. More information is available at himssconference.org.
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on
better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts
to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information
technology. Visit www.himss.org.
HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought
leadership, education, events, market research and media services around
the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000
individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider,
governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus
over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that
share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global
health IT community with additional offices in the United States,
Europe, and Asia.
CCHIT is an independent, not-for-profit organization with the public
mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health
information technology (IT). The first U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services recognized health IT certification body, CCHIT began
certifying electronic health record technology in 2006 and has operated
as an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information
Technology (ONC) authorized certification body since 2010. In alliance
CCHIT is developing new programs aimed at supporting change in the way
providers and patients around the world use IT to positively transform
health and healthcare. CCHIT is launching the first of those programs -
its CCHIT Summit series - in 2014. Visit www.cchit.org.
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