National Health IT Week

September 16–20, 2013

National Health IT Week raises awareness of Health Information Technology’s power to improve the health and health care of patients all across the nation, and at lower cost. National Health IT Week celebrates the efforts that have been made—and are being made—in the transformation of how care is delivered and paid for and how patients engage in their own health and health care.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has specifically selected themes for each day of Health IT Week that are the key elements to help the nation on the path to interoperability:

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Please check back on this site because more activities and information will be posted as they become available.

Health IT Events and Initiatives

  • Monday, September 16: Patient Engagement Blue Button & Blue Button Plus

    Patient Engagement—Blue Button & Blue Button Plus
    2013 Consumer Health IT Summit:
    Accelerating the Blue Button Movement

    The 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit will bring together Federal leaders including: Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, HHS, Leon Rodriguez, Director, Office for Civil Rights and other leaders from the private and non-profit sectors. The 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit is a chance to learn from and share your experiences with others who are leading the charge to empower consumers to be better partners in their health.

    Join or follow the conversation via twitter: #HealthIT4U #BlueButton

    Main Program

    (Registration required)
    9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

    (Registration required)
    1:45 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

    (For remote participants)
    9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

    Great Hall
    Hubert H. Humphrey Building
    200 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20201

    For more information and registration, visit the 2013 Consumer Health IT Summit page.

    Blog posts:


  • Tuesday, September 17: Building Trust

    Update on National HIE Governance Activities

    In this webinar, representatives from ONC will give an update on national HIE governance efforts, including a brief overview of the ONC Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange, Exemplar grantee projects, and National HIE Governance Forum efforts. Since April, NeHC and ONC have brought together over thirty HIE governing entities monthly to discuss, prioritize, catalog some of the most challenging aspects of HIE governance and identify common solutions. Forum participants will review issues and topics that have been discussed to date including approaches to trust such as: duty to respond, local autonomy, and chain of trust. Additionally, Forum participants will discuss the progress being made in the National HIE Governance Forum’s Privacy and Security workgroup in developing promising practices related to trust.


    • Paul Uhrig, Chief Privacy Officer, Surescripts
    • Mariann Yeager, CEO, Healtheway
    • Dr. David Kibbe, Executive Director, DirectTrust
    • Jodi Daniel, Director of the Office of Policy Planning, ONC
    • Kory Mertz, Challenge Grant Director, ONC


    3:00 - 4:30PM EDT

    Register at External Links Disclaimer.

  • Wednesday, September 18: Transforming the Health Care System through Health IT

  • Thursday, September 19: Defining the Path to Interoperability

    Shining on through Health IT: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead with the Beacon Communities

    Thursday, September 19th – 11:30am to 1:00pm EDT

    As the award period for the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Beacon Community Program wraps up this fall, we look forward to welcoming Janhavi Kirtane Fritz from the ONC and representatives from Beacon communities around the country to share their lessons learned and how their achievements will shape future directions and community collaborations. The presentation will also provide an overview of their newly-developed learning guides that distill the experiences and lessons learned from Beacon Communities, highlighting advancements in automated alerting, IT-enabled care management, quality measurement, and community-level health information exchange.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn Beacon best practices and how their achievements will shape future directions and community collaborations
    • Learn the key foundational elements that support successful planning and implementation of an IT-enabled care management program to support population health.
    • Understand other opportunities to use learning guides to support IT-enabled improvement, quality measurement, community-level health information exchange, and innovation efforts.


    • Janhavi Kirtane Fritz ( Moderator)
    • Trudi Matthews, The Greater Cincinnati Beacon Community
    • Lacey Hart, Southeast Minnesota Beacon Community (invited)

    Select this Link to Register

  • Friday, September 20: Using Health IT to Improve Quality through Learning Health Systems

    HRSA-sponsored webinar: Telehealth for Safety Net Providers

    Friday, September 20, 2013 at 2PM–3PM ET

    Registration: External Links Disclaimer (HRSA)