National Health IT Week: June 14-18

Lora Bentley

Continuing with the health care theme, next week has been designated National Health IT Week.


According to, it's an opportunity for stakeholders in the industry to "examine the current policy landscape and raise awareness of the benefits health IT can bring" to the country's health care programs. Given the recent passage of health care reform legislation, not to mention the availabilty of federal incentives for implementing health IT, the week's organizers say the timing couldn't be better.


The week's events begin with a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Rep.Tim Murphy, R-Pa., co-chair of the House 21st Century Health Care Caucus, and members of the Senate Health Care Quality Improvement and Information Technology Caucus have been invited to speak.


They likely will address the health care reform bill and the commitment made by Congress and the Obama Administration to "[leverage] the benefits of the health IT and management systems to address the rising costs and safety of health care delivery" in the country, according to a press release. The briefing, which begins at 11 a.m., is open to the public.


Myriad events for those involved in particular segments of the health IT industry will follow at various times and locations throughout the week. For instance, Health IT Now will hold a briefing on Wednesday. Representatives from such organizations as the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the D.C. Primary Care Association will share their experiences in adopting and using health information technology.


Check out the National Health IT Week website for details on all the week's events.

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