NAHC and HCTAA Celebrate Health IT Accomplishments for National Health IT Week
October 8, 2015 11:12 AM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) along with its affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA)—as partners in the advancement of health information technology to help improve the delivery of healthcare in the home—is a proud partner in National Health IT Week. National Health IT Week is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare.
Initiated in 2006 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Health IT Week has emerged as a landmark occasion for using health IT as part of the overall solution to improve America’s healthcare as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative. The Week consists of events in Washington DC and across the country, including National Health IT Week participants—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups—all working together to elevate national attention to the advantages of advancing health IT.
NAHC/HCTAA is joining with National Health IT Week supporters from across the spectrum of care to assert that comprehensive health care reform that includes patient-centered care is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.
NAHC/HCTAA has been an active voice with the Obama and Bush Administrations, Congress, and the development of health IT policy standards for the interoperable exchange of health information across the spectrum of care—including home health care and hospice. The home care community has submitted recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on all stages of the Meaningful Use program, including the Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification program and also joined commenters from the LTPAC HIT Collaborative to provide feedback on Federal Health IT Strategic Plans. We also have expressed the need for including a broad representation of stakeholders in the development of health IT standards so that they are also aligned with the needs of post-acute care providers, patients and caregivers.
NAHC/HCTAA would like to acknowledge the work that has been completed to date to establish standards to support longitudinal coordination of care including the electronic Home Health Plan of Care and the Transitions of Care Health Level 7 standards. However, more effort is needed to achieve a balanced use of certified electronic health records by LTPAC providers and physicians to support the transition of care standards in the current rendition of the Meaningful Use program. We need to capitalize on the opportunity to support health IT standards and use cases in the Meaningful Use program’s soon to be released Stage 3 rule to advance longitudinal coordination of care across the continuum of care. The home care industry is seeking federal support of theses standard so that the government can encourage eligible professionals and hospitals to support the exchange of health information with home care and hospice providers.
Visit www.HealthITWeek.org for a full list of partners and updates on the Week’s activities.