GA-HITEC eNote: National HealthIT Week Highlights




Edition II

Advancing Health Care Equity through HealthIT

Dominic H. Mack, MD, MBA

Executive Medical Director and Prinicipal Investigator GA-HITEC


I was first introduced to HIT as a Medical Director in the Family Medicine Department of Morehouse School of Medicine. The experience of working with a healthcare team to move from paper records to electronic health record is one you don’t forget. It is bigger than implementing a system, it is more about changing the culture of the organization. Subsequently, I was blessed with the opportunity to help develop HIT models for local and federal programs.

Through developing HIT models, I see that there is great opportunity to improve health care and and address health disparities. Underserved communities traditionally have the highest rate of preventable diseases that leads to higher rates of morbidity and mortality.  However, these vulnerable populations usually lag in the adoption of new technology and other innovations. This digital divide often contributes to underserved communities experiencing a gap in care. HIT can support practices to improve clinical outcomes, patient safety and engagement. Therefore equitable implementation of Health Information Technology is so important to these communities. 

National HealthIT Week Highlights


Patients Really Do Appreciate the Work You Put In

Healthcare IT News

Retired Capt. Nathan Wayne Waldon had his audience at hello.

With a mix of humor, storytelling skills, health IT insight and slides transporting them to Iraq in 2007 that included a photo of the himself – one that showed the last time he had two legs on American soil – he kept the crowd at the HIMSS Public Policy Summit rapt to the end.

The wounded warrior and CEO of Reveille Group, keynoted the HIMSS Policy Summit Thursday in the nation's Capitol. The annual summit is part of National Health IT Week, observed across the country...

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Congress is Listening

Healthcare IT News

For the past ten years, HIMSS has approached Congress with its annual "asks" during National Health IT Week, slated to take place Oct. 5-10.

Last year, HIMSS asked Congress to help minimize disruption of healthcare to patients and avoid an undue burden on providers by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate, review, make recommendations and publish a new five-year roadmap.

It was not simply because HIMSS asked, but on Sept. 21 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015–2020. ONC crafted the plan with input from 35 federal agencies and more than 400 public comments, in addition to recommendations from the Health IT Policy Committee and stakeholder town halls held throughout 2014.

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Flashing Forward Trigger Optimism

Healthcare IT News


Imagine the state of healthcare and healthcare information technology in five years. What will it look like? Will healthcare provide more – or less – value? Will care be better coordinated? Will patients be more engaged? What about interoperability?

Those were just a few of the complicated issues a panel at the HIMSS Public Policy Summit tackled Wednesday in the nation's Capitol as part of National Health IT Week, observed each year across the country.

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Policymakers and Military Leaders Deserve More Credit than They Tend to Get

Healthcare IT News

Healthcare IT News owner the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is planning to bestow its annual Leadership Awards Wednesday night as part of National Health IT Week.

The industry association honors policy leaders from around the country for taking a leadership role in advancing healthcare information technology in meaningful ways.

"When we began NHIT Week a decade ago, health IT adoption rates in the US for providers were about 10 percent and hospitals were hovering around 45 percent," said HIMSS executive vice president Carla Smith.

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