National Health IT Week

September 15–19, 2014

National Health IT Week raises awareness of Health Information Technology’s power to improve the health and health care of patients across the nation. National Health IT Week celebrates the efforts that have been made through the use of Health IT —and are being made—in the transformation of how care is delivered, health information shared, quality measured, reimbursements dispersed, and patients engaged in their own health and health care.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT selected key themes for each day of Health IT Week.

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Health IT Week Events and Initiatives

  • Monday, September 15: Patient Engagement

    2014 Annual Consumer Health IT Summit

    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) held the 2014 Consumer HealthIT Summit on September 15th to celebrate advancements to equip and empower people through access to their health information and technology to better manage their health and health care.

    The Summit featured:

    • A celebration of the expansion of the Blue Button Initiative and other efforts to equip and empower people with their health data and technology to better manage their health and health care.
    • A discussion of policies that are fueling greater patient engagement and the role of patient engagement in health care transformation and population health improvement.
    • Innovative ways to foster greater patient/consumer engagement with their health data to advance patient centered outcomes research, ensure vital information is available when and where it’s needed, and support a bi-directional exchange of information.
    • "Bright spots" that demonstrate how digitizing health data and technology are helping people be better informed and engaged.
    • Discussions about ways to engage underserved populations and integrate patient generated health data.


    WHAT: 2014 Annual Consumer Health IT Summit

    WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014 9 – 5 PM EDT

    WHERE: The Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC Hotel

  • Tuesday, September 16: Advancing Interoperability Through Meaningful Use

    CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds
    Preventing a Million Heart Attacks and Strokes: A Turning Point for Impact

    Tuesday, September 16 at 1 pm EDT

    Watch the archive and learn about the progress in stopping 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered the webinar as part of its Public Health Grand Rounds program for participants to learn about the ABCS (aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation).

    Webinar – CMS and ONC Recent Regulatory Updates

    Tuesday, September 16 at 2:30 pm EDT

    CMS and ONC held a webinar about the 2014 CEHRT Flexibility and 2014 Edition Release 2 Final Rules. On this webinar CMS and ONC experts discussed:

    • Overview of CEHRT and Release 2 Rules
    • Stage 2 Extension
    • 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Options: Stages 1 & 2
    • 2014 Edition Release 2 optional and revised certification criteria
    • ONC Health IT Certification Program Updates
    • Resources for the CEHRT and Release 2 Rules
    • Upcoming 2014 Deadlines

    A portion of the webinar was dedicated to Q&A

    Download ONC & CMS Presentation [PDF – 1.7 MB]

    Listen to Webinar Recording (Recording ID: 63RB4Z; Key: eHealth)

  • Wednesday, September 17: Advancing Interoperability Across the Care Continuum – Beyond

    Webinar – Using Quality Measurement for Improvement

    Wednesday, September 17 at 2:30 pm EDT

    Learn more about how quality measurement is being used for quality improvement and to achieve the aims of the National Quality Strategy, and what ONC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are doing to help providers use quality measurement to provide better, more affordable care to individuals and the community. Our own Kevin Larsen, M.D. was part of the line up, view the webinar archive for more information.

  • Thursday, September 18: Advancing Interoperability Through Standards

    Webinar – Health Information Exchange Governance

    Thursday, September 18 at 10 am EDT

    ONC’s recently released called to action for a nationwide interoperable health IT infrastructure identified five key blocks to achieve this vision. This webinar focused on the fifth building block “Rules of engagement and governance”. The speakers also discussed ONC’s previous and future governance activities.

    Speakers: Kate Black and Kory Mertz

    Moderated by: Jodi Daniel

    Download Presentation [PDF – 2.6 MB]

  • Friday, September 19: Clinical Quality & Safety

    Webinar — Health IT Safety: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead

    Friday, September 19 at 1 pm EDT

    We published the Health IT Safety Action and Surveillance Plan [PDF - 1.14 MB ] in July 2013 with the charge to learn, lead, and improve on health IT safety. Over the past year we have learned more about electronic health records' (EHRs) positive impact on the quality and safety of patient care which we share in our Health IT Safety Report [PDF - 307 kb]. We also have a better understanding of the types of safety events related to health IT and, more importantly, the interventions available to prevent unintended consequences of the use of health IT tools.

    In this webinar, we reviewed significant work in health IT safety this past year to:

    1. Learn how EHRs are making a positive impact of the quality and safety of patient care
    2. Understand the type of health IT related safety events and available interventions to prevent their occurrence


    1. Amy Helwig – ONC
    2. Zia Hydar - Carnegie Mellon University
    3. Tammy Williams – UHC Safety Intelligence
    4. Karen Zimmer – ECRI

    Download Presentation [PDF – 4.1 MB]

    Webcast – 2014 Accountable Care & Health IT Strategies Summit

    Friday, September 19 at 4:20 pm EDT

    You can watch archive presentations by ONC's Hunt Blair and Danielle Sims at the 2014 Accountable Care & Health IT Strategies Summit. Hunt was part of a panel session titled 'Illinois' Accountable Care Entities (ACE): Risk and Performance Management for Medicaid ACOs'. Later in the day, Danielle participated in the panel 'Curating and Deploying Dynamic Health Care Workflows.' Register for complimentary access to the panels (along with six month free access to the archives).