What does the week of September 10 mean to you? Maybe you are still relaxing in the afterglow of the first full weekend of both college and professional football. You could be noticing that days are getting a little shorter and that only a couple weeks of summer remain. Or, you may think this seems like a particularly long week since we just enjoyed the short work week that Labor Day offered us.
While all of the above may hold true, did you also know that September 10-14, 2012 marks the seventh annual National Health IT Week? Beyond just the major high-profile events, such as a Congressional press conference and panel discussions with federal organizations discussing the future of the doctor-patient relationship in the digital age, that are taking place in Washington, D.C., there will be job fairs and seminars and workshops happening all around the country. In fact, the organizers of Health IT Week have shared ten ways to celebrate in your hometown.
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation honoring this important week last year, mentioning the role that IT integration can play in improving “the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of healthcare in the United States.” With the use of electronic medical records being an important component of the President’s health care reform, his endorsement of this week’s efforts can be expected once again.
If you have ever considered exploring a career in the Health IT field, this week provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about specific job qualifications and probably meet with men and women who are plugged in and excited to be a part of a field that is only going to continue to grow.
Take some time during Health IT Week to learn how your computer skills can ensure that a senior citizen gets the correct dosage of his medicine or how a website that you create can become a wonderful communication tool between a doctor and her patients. Or, maybe you will be the one to determine a key benefit of using IT in our healthcare that no one else has yet to explore!