National Health IT Week kicked off on Monday, with the annual intent to shine a light on the challenges we face and the initiatives we are embarking upon in order to provide better care to patients at a lower cost. At Liaison, what a better way to get the additional dialog going than to bribe the team with cake… And so it was, a cake to honor the week, get the sugar flowing and discuss what needs to be done to make things right (see the photo of the awesome cake below).
Farzad Mostashari, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, kicked the week off by asking the question “Is the time now?”, reflecting upon whether or not now is the time to move beyond the world of healthcare misfits and really solve the problems at hand. The answer – of course – is yes and then the follow-up questions becomes, “What’s it going to take?” Like anything else, change takes time, but it also takes people, process and technology. People need to own up to the need to change, whether it’s doctors trying to improve patient health, patients becoming actively engaged in monitoring their own health or the myriad of participants in the care continuum that need to work together. New applications must be developed, but more importantly, access to data is paramount and the security and consent must also be enforced – with the latter also requiring education to all individuals.
If you haven’t taken time this week to discuss this, both personally and with the people you work with, set aside time to have your cake and eat it too!
Happy National Health IT Week.
Until next time,