June 15, 2010

Newsletter Contents

  • National Health IT Week
  • NHIT’s Education and Outreach Focus
  • NHIT Co-Sponsors Health IT Resource Teach In – Los Angeles, CA, June 23, 2010
  • NHIT on Record before HIT Policy Committee, Office of the National Coordinator, HHS
  • NHIT Member Jeff Caballero Receives Award from APIAHF
  • NHIT Participates in NOVA HIT Workforce Meeting

  • National Health IT Week

    NHIT will be active and visible during National Health IT Week. On Thursday, June 17, starting at 12 noon, Dr. Garth Graham will present and Ruth Perot will be a panelist during the Institute for eHealth Policy’s Technology Showcase, convened by Management Committee member Neal Neuberger. (SD-562 Dirksen Senate Office Building) NHIT is also a co-sponsor and exhibitor at the Technology Showcase. In addition:

    • eHealth Initiative will sponsor a Capitol Hill Briefing on Patients & Technology on Monday, June 15.
    • HIMSS 9th Annual Policy Summit takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 16-17.

    Please consult National Health IT Week’s website, Activities and Agenda for details.

    NHIT’s Education and Outreach Focus

    With support from the Office of Minority Health (OMH), NHIT will launch an intense campaign through September 2010 with the intent of reaching and informing providers in underserved communities and communities of color. This effort is consistent with NHIT’s Strategic Plan and will be undertaken in partnership with OMH, ONC and selected Regional Extension Centers (RECs). Details will be forthcoming!

    NHIT Co-Sponsors Health IT Resource Teach In – Los Angeles, CA, June 23, 2010

    NHIT has joined SHIRE, The California Endowment, Kaiser Permanente, National Partnership for Women & Families, Consumers Union, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians, the Office of Minority Health, and Vulcan Enterprises LLC as co-sponsors of this exciting upcoming event entitled: Preparing Underserved and Communities of Color for Health IT and EHR Adoption: Meaningful Use, What’s in it for you? In addition to several sponsoring organizations affiliated with NHIT, several NHIT members will serve as expert speakers at the Teach-In. Those members include:

    • Dr. Russell Davis
    • Marcia Thomas-Brown
    • Dr. Andrea Pennington
    • Johanna Barraza-Cannon
    • Eva Powell
    • Joyce Hunter
    • Gloria Dunbar
    • Kathie Westpheling

    For details, contact Latoya Thomas.

    NHIT on Record before HIT Policy Committee, Office of the National Coordinator, HHS

    On Friday, June 4, Dr. Russell Davis was invited to testify on Using HIT to Eliminate Disparities: A Focus on Solutions. The hearing was sponsored by the HIT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup. Click here to view Dr. Davis’ testimony. Other NHIT members and supporters scheduled to provide testimony were Silas Buchanan, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Dr. M. Christopher Gibbons, Deeana Jang, Cesar Palacios and Cynthia Solomon.

    NHIT Member Jeff Caballero Receives Award from APIAHF

    NHIT congratulates Jeff Caballero, co-chair of the Workforce Development and Training Workgroup for being honored with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum’s (APIAHF) Inaugural Community Health Champion Award. Click here to read the press release.

    NHIT Participates in NOVA HIT Workforce Meeting

    Answering the question of “where do you get a workforce for the coming storm of healthcare reform?” the NoVa HealthFORCE CEO Roundtable, convened a conference of CIOs and HIM Directors of Northern Virginia health systems, HIM/HIT Educators representing Northern Virginia Community College, Shenandoah University, George Mason University, and Marymount University, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, representatives from HHS ONC, U.S. Dept. of Labor, US Dept. of Education, Office of the Surgeon General, AHIMA, National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, and Virginia Senator George Barker to address the current and future Health Information Management and Health Information Technology workforce shortage. The goal of this meeting was to define regional employers’ needs for a trained HIT/HIM workforce to implement meaningful use of health information technology and to engage all stakeholders in creating an action plan to move toward increasing the supply of tech savvy, health care trained employees.

    This engaging dialogue partners educators and employers to strategize about HIT/HIM workforce demands and the academic curriculum response to the rapidly developing HIT/HIM landscape. Active breakout discussion groups addressed specific workforce issues and suggested the development of a regional HIM/HIT Workforce Coalition to devise and promote action plans to address workforce training, education, and employment issues. This regional coalition may serve as a national model for workforce development strategy. A summary report of this meeting’s outcome will be released this Summer.

    This meeting was coordinated by Brian Foley, Provost of Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College and co-chair of NHIT Workforce committee, Gerry Hofler, Program Manager of NoVaHealthFORCE and Ann Pham, Program Manager of NVCC’s Health Information Systems Center for Workforce Development. Pictures from the event can be viewed here.

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