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VITL Celebrates Vermont Health IT Week

Release Date: 
September 27th, 2016

Burlington, VT - 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.

“VITL is partnering with organizations across the U.S. during National Health IT Week, to recognize the expanding value of health information technology that improves patient outcomes,” stated VITL President and CEO John K. Evans.” Vermont has successfully laid the foundation for a connected system, where health information is secure and readily available when people need it, positioning our state 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.

Look for a series of blog posts on the VITL website during National Health IT Week. Topics cover the value of population health data, and how it is being used to better manage patient care for Vermont’s accountable care organizations. The blog posts were written by VITL’s chief technology officer and vice president of operations, along with the director of informatics at OneCare Vermont. Find out more at www.vitl.net/blog

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. To learn more about National Health IT Week, visit www.healthitweek.org

About VITL:

Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) is a nonprofit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology, to improve the quality of care delivery, to enhance patient safety and to reduce the cost of care. VITL is legislatively designated to operate the health information exchange (HIE) for Vermont, and is governed by a collaborative group of stakeholders including health plans, hospitals, physicians, other health care providers, state government, employers, and consumers. For more information, please visit www.vitl.net          
                                                                                                                

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