By Cindy Munn, CEO, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

For the last several years, the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum has proudly partnered in National Health IT Week, Sept. 26-30, a weeklong, partner-driven effort to increase awareness about the value of health IT.

As an organization that has worked with more than 2,000 health care providers across the state in the transition to electronic health records (EHRs) and manages the statewide health information exchange (HIE), National Health IT Week provides us with an opportunity to educate others about the benefits of health IT.

These benefits speak for themselves, but there’s so much more that we can do – both as health care professionals and health care consumers – to drive health IT awareness. National Health IT Week is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Here are a few suggestions:

Regardless of how you choose to get involved, whether it’s attending an event or taking advantage of an opportunity to learn more about health IT through a webinar, we hope that you will take action. Health care is something that affects all of us, and together, we can make it better through health IT.