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VITL Celebrates National Health IT Week

Comprehensive health care reform is not possible without system-wide adoption of health information technology, which improves the quality of health care delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and health care providers.

To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving health care delivery in America, VITL— operator of the Vermont Health Information Exchange—and other organizations across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week. To demonstrate Vermont's support for health IT, Governor Peter Shumlin has proclaimed September 26 to 30, 2016 as Vermont Health Information Technology Week.

Connected Network

VITL is partnering with organizations across the U.S. in recognition of health information technology’s value for improving patient outcomes. Vermont has successfully laid the foundation for a connected system where health information is secure and readily available when people need it, positioning Vermont as a national example of high quality, cost effective care. 

VITL will also celebrate the foundational role that information technology is playing in health care reform efforts by hosting Summit '16: Navigating the Health IT Landscape. Health care reform is reshaping every facet of the system nationally and locally. While the conversion to electronic health records and health information exchange will deliver greater efficiencies and savings, the transition has been complex and challenging for patients, providers, and health care organizations alike. Networks like the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) provide a platform to support change, while ensuring that electronic health information is secure and readily available when Vermonters need it. The conference will provide opportunities to engage with leaders, experts and peers around health information technology tools, resources, best practices and frameworks as instruments for successfully navigating change.

During the week of September 26 to 30, find out more about health information technology and National Health IT Week by visiting www.healthitweek.org

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 health care as a bipartisan, federally led, market driven initiative.