Happy Healthcare IT Week!
It’s the time of year you’ve all been waiting for with enthusiasm and excitement to rival some of our favorites; Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday…… That’s right, it’s National Healthcare IT Week!
Okay, so perhaps it’s not the flashiest or most anticipated week of the year, but after a career dedicated to healthcare and the technology that makes it possible, I am passionate about the power technology has to improve the health and healthcare of people around the globe. I thought now would be a good time to talk about what makes me so excited about this week and why you should be too.
- Healthcare IT is all around us. Since the enactment of HITECH, the focus on privacy and security of data has become the “apple a day” for Healthcare practices of all sizes. Not addressing the advantages of technology and its maintenance and oversite could be the difference between your organization being the reputable, confidence-inducing go to practice or the practice patients will do anything and everything to avoid!
- It can be confusing and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Meaningful Use, Risk Analyses and technology requirements in general are enough to make any Practice Manager endure repeated sleepless nights. However, Healthcare IT, while intimidating at first, is a way to systematically attack and meet your Quality Performance targets and Security Compliance requirements.
- A focus on Healthcare IT helps save communities money. Community services that make use of Healthcare IT, whether it is how care is delivered, health information is shared, quality is measured, reimbursements dispersed or how patients get engaged in their own health and healthcare save dollars as these efforts assist to avoid duplication of treatment, identify at risk patients, and implement wellness programs.
- It makes the impossible, possible. In urban and suburban areas, patients with chronic conditions benefit from remote patient monitoring technologies, which allow them to be at home while still being under a provider's care. Think of the elderly veteran who no longer has to travel long distances to keep current with his/her care. Or the company employee who requires less time out of the office as they minimize “trips” to caregiver facilities.
So, enjoy Healthcare IT week! It’s the “Super Bowl” time of year for my team and me as we get to officially recognize the work that we and people in our field do each day. Do you have a good Healthcare IT professional in your corner? If not, you should.