NYS Health IT Week
October 5 - 9th, 2015 was proclaimed NYS Health IT Week in a resolution adopted by the NYS Senate and presented to the New York State Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) earlier this year. “Health information technology is an important aspect of our health care system which continues to evolve and offer new opportunities,” explained Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the NYS Senate Health Committee.
Susan Rueckwald, New York State Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) Chapter Board Co-Secretary, was presented the State of New York Legislative Resolution by Senator Kemp Hannon, Sixth District (Chairman, NYS Health Committee) on June 12th, 2015.
The purpose of NYS Health IT Week, which coincides with National Health IT week, is to increase awareness of health information technology. Health IT issues encompass not only the daily use of electronic medical records (EMRs) in a physician’s office or emergency room. There are a myriad of HIT issues that aim to increase quality of patient care, improve the health of populations, and reduce costs of care. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) precipitated the digital healthcare revolution. HIT issues now encompass (but are not limited to) data privacy and security, telehealth, health data analytics, population health management, payment reform, health information exchange (HIE), system interoperability and health insurance availability. To learn more about HIT please visit HIMSS: http://www.himss.org/ResourceLibrary/.
The New York State Chapter of HIMSS, which is a chapter of the national HIMSS, serves the interests of local healthcare information management and systems professionals who work or reside in New York State by providing a local forum to share their work experiences, raise concerns in the industry, acquire knowledge and training, and attend seminars that can assist in career advancement.