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Health IT Week Recap

What a week! National Health IT Week celebrated Health Information Technology’s power to transform how care is delivered and how patients engage in their own health care.

For each day of the week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT selected themes that are key elements in helping the nation on the path to interoperability. Now that Health IT Week is over, it’s time to take advantage of some great new resources now available at HealthIT.gov:

Privacy and Security — Meaningful consent is a new online resource with strategies and tools that providers can use to effectively engage patients in choosing how they want their health information shared.

Patient Engagement — The Blue Button Pledge Program is working to ensure a future in which individuals can download and use their health care data to become more active partners in their health care teams.

Practice Transformation — Join ONC for a webinar discussion and learn how HITECH Programs are supporting health care providers in Colorado as they transform into highly functioning, health-IT-enabled practices.

Interoperablity —Health IT Fellows shares the stories of several Regional Extension Centers that have adopted and implemented programs to improve the way medical information is securely exchanged across health systems.

Quality Improvement — RECs and their partners are invited to participate in ONC’s Million Hearts® Call to Action, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The goal is to help 1,000 providers leverage Health IT to track and measure success on two key measures: blood pressure control and smoking cessation.