NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy Delivers Presentation on Information Exchange During ONC’s Health IT for Nurses Summit
March 27, 2014 12:56 PM
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently held a summit entitled, “At the Crossroads of Patient Care: Health IT for Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses Summit” in Baltimore, MD. NAHC’s Vice President of Technology Policy and Executive Director of NAHC’s affiliate the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) Richard Brennan served as one of the presenters.
In his presentation, “Health Information Exchange through Health IT: What’s working?” Mr. Brennan shared the home health community’s perspective on successful implementation of health information technology. Health IT for nurses is important for nurses, said Mr. Brennan, because “it supports their central role in delivering value-based care.”
During the presentation, Mr. Brennan also shared a snapshot of where the home health community is in terms of health IT adoption as a whole, sharing the following facts:
78.1% of home health agencies (HHAs) use electronic medical record systems
57.8% of HHAs use point of care (POC) systems
28.7% of HHAs use telehealth/remote patient monitoring systems
The adoption and integration of health IT is promoting valuable health information exchange in the following ways:
Productivity: Enriches care delivery by accelerating the transparency and timeliness of health information
Care coordination: Supports the care team to deliver care in the most appropriate setting, at the most appropriate time, matched with the most appropriate service and therapies
Quality: Increases quality of care
During his presentation, Mr. Brennan also focused on the use of point of care technology, and telehealth systems that affect the delivery of care in a home health setting, as they pertain to nurses and clinicians.
To find out more about the increasing role of telehealth and health IT in home care, please click here.