SHIRE Health Information Technology (HIT) Resource Teach-In Kick-Off in Atlanta
On October 29, 2009, the Summit Health Institute for Research and Education (SHIRE) and the California Endowment sponsored the Health Information Technology Resource Teach-In: Building skills and providing tools to access available health information technology resources and opportunities targeted towards underserved and communities of color. The event was co-sponsored by the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, Out of Many One, the Morehouse School of Medicine, and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Atlanta, GA.
The Teach-In was an enormous success, with more than 135 participants attending from around the country. They participated in workshops aimed at informing providers, consumers/consumer advocates/elected officials, and vendors of possibilities regarding health information technology. The goal of the Teach-In was to inform participants on how to access HIT and other information technology resources through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). The implementation and use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) in physician offices and health care facilities was the focus of the conference.
The ultimate goal of implementing HIT in our communities is to help eliminate health disparities, improve the quality of health care, encourage the adoption of personal wellness strategies, and provide support for the development and advancement of the underserved. Included among the list of speakers were SHIRE President Russell J. Davis, SHIRE Executive Director/CEO, Ruth Perot, David Hunt, Chief Medical Officer of the Office of National Coordinator, Department of Health and Human Services, Rhonda Medows, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, and George Rust, Director of the National Center of Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Please visit the SHIRE website for Teach-In material and presentations from the conference.