Beacon communities shed light on HIE

February 12, 2014 in Medical Technology

Looking for evidence of successful health information exchanges? Join a panel discussion in education session 58, “Using Health IT to Create a More Modern, Connected Health Community: Lessons Learned and Policy Insights from ONC’s Beacon Communities,” to be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. in room 204A of the Orange County Convention Center.                                                                       

This session is part of BeaconNation Live, a specialty program sponsored by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). From 2010-2013, ONC provided $250 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to 17 selected communities throughout the United States that had already begun to use HIT as a foundation for local improvement and innovation.           

The experiences of these communities can serve as a model for other pioneering organizations and communities wishing to invest in HIT to drive improvements in health care. Beacon Community leaders will be joined by ONC leadership to share their experiences, identify promising IT-enabled strategies and future areas for innovation.                                                                                  

This panel, with representatives from the successful HIEs in San Diego, New Orleans and Cincinnati, will share insights including the lessons learned from across the 17 Beacon Communities, including the Beacon Nation learning guides; identifying the most promising pilots and models of IT-enabled improvement; and describing how the Beacon Community experience is informing the health IT policy landscape.               

“This session is going to take a look at the bigger picture of trying to bring people into this journey that different communities took during the last three years,” said Alex Baker, a project officer with the Beacon Community Program.  “The panel is going to give a sense of key themes on ways folks can do this work in their own markets.”

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