Health information technology improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.
To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, Burlington County College (BCC), the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) with their premier sponsor, STI Computer Services, as well as other partners, have joined together to celebrate the Seventh Annual National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week, September 10-14, 2012. This year’s NHIT Week theme is “One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care.”
“Healthcare is undergoing a major transformation to deliver more efficient, quality, cost-effective care. On the forefront of this transformation is integrating patients and their physicians using state-of-the-art information technology tools,” explained Jack Hueter, South Jersey Director, NJ-HITEC.
“During National Health Information Technology Week beginning September 10, the health IT community comes together to raise national awareness regarding the consistent breakthroughs and hard work industry professionals, providers, and consumers put forward on a daily basis to ensure they are moving toward the common goal of advancing the future of healthcare through private and secure health IT. We invite the community to join us to learn about how this transformation is occurring in Southern NJ,” said Hueter.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, BCC and NJ-HITEC will co-sponsor an educational event to increase public awareness of the benefits of health information technology. This Health IT awareness event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at BCC’s Briggs Road Center (located on the Mount Laurel campus), 1000 Briggs Road, Suite 115 and will feature guest speakers from NJ-HITEC, STI Computer Services, BluePrint Healthcare IT, Sloan A. Robinson, MD of Meetinghouse Family Physicians, and Zweena Health.
“Our participation in National Health IT Week highlights BCC’s commitment to educate our community of the benefits of health information technology for better patient healthcare outcomes. By working together with NJ-HITEC and STI Computer Services, we continue to educate the community on the importance of how technology will improve healthcare at the individual level and population levels,” said Lisa K. Ferrante, RHIA, HITECH Project Manager for the Electronic Health Record Program at BCC.