National Health IT Week: Celebrating HIT As An Essential Tool

Carolyn M. Clancy | Government Health IT | September 10, 2012

Just as a carpenter finishes his work by making sure that his hammers, chisels and saws are clean, sharp and ready for the next project, so should we take pride in and look after our health IT tools and systems. In essence, that’s what we’re doing at this moment, as the health IT community convenes in Washington, DC, for National Health IT Week.

The purpose of National Health IT Week is to raise awareness of the importance of health information technology. We are grateful to HIMSS and the week’s other co-sponsors, the Institute for e-Health Policy and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), for leading the activities. This is an important annual event, demonstrating for Federal policymakers that health IT is neither an abstract nor experimental activity.

Instead, health IT is embedded in everything we do.