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HITSP Concludes Summer Webinar Series on HIT Interoperability

Archived Presentations Freely Available on HITSP Website

New York, Oct 09, 2008

On October 2, 2008, the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) concluded its summer webinar series. With nine sessions attended by over 1,500 participants nationwide, the webinars spread awareness of the importance of healthcare information sharing, the role of HITSP in enabling healthcare information technology (HIT) interoperability, and opportunities for stakeholders to become engaged in the Panel’s work.

Each of the nine webinar sessions featured guest speakers that covered a wide range of HIT topics, from biosurveillance to electronic health records (EHR) to medication management. Organized by the HITSP Education, Communications and Outreach (HITSP-ECO) Committee, the webinars received high praise from attendees, who called the series “on target and easy to listen to,” “a great overview,” and “very understandable to an audience that probably has a very diverse background.”

Throughout the webinar series, attendees followed “Steve’s Story,” a series of personal accounts that detail the challenges faced by patients receiving treatment in a non-interoperable HIT environment. Based on a true story, all nine parts of Steve’s Story can be found here.

Webinar presentations have been archived and are freely available for playback on HITSP’s website. Since the webinar series was launched in June 2008, these files have been accessed nearly 2,500 times by interested stakeholders.

“On behalf of the entire HITSP-ECO Committee, I’d like to thank the volunteers for the dedication and contributions to this initiative,” said Dr, Walter G. Suarez, chairman of the HITSP-ECO Committee and president & CEO of the Institute for HIPAA/HIT Education and Research. “Their commitment and tireless efforts were the key factors in making this webinar series a success.”

To view the complete list of learning objectives for the HITSP webinars, click here. To listen to archived webinars, click here.

Operating under contract to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HITSP is administered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in cooperation with strategic partners including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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