Letter: Louisiana groups join for Health IT week

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The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, along with hundreds of organizations and groups across the country, will celebrate National Health Information Technology (IT) Week, Oct. 2-6, 2017. This special awareness week offers us an opportunity to demonstrate the value of health IT and its benefits for U.S. health care and health care delivery.

As the State-Designated Entity for health IT initiatives, the Quality Forum champions the redesign of health care quality and delivery in Louisiana. In this role, we have worked with more than 2,000 health care providers and critical access/rural hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records (EHRs). We have also implemented and currently manage the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE). More than 260 authorized providers, hospitals, school-based health centers, home health agencies and other health care companies use LaHIE services to securely share health information to drive patient safety, quality of care and health outcomes. Our consumer website — MakeMyHealth.me — offers information about health IT tools like EHRs and patient portals to help Louisiana residents improve their health care and health care decision-making.

These are a few examples of how our organization supports and promotes the use of health IT to transform health care in our state. As the neutral convener, the Quality Forum brings providers, payers, purchasers and consumers together to achieve this goal. During National Health IT Week, and every week, we salute our national, regional, state and community partners for their collective efforts. Together, we are making Louisiana a healthier place to live, work and play.

 

Cindy Munn

CEO, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum