By Jamie Martin
Marketing & Communications Manager
Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum

We were pleased to attend the annual meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in Washington, D.C., last week, and as usual, we returned from the meeting excited about the future of health IT.

Technology, as we all know, moves and evolves very quickly, and in driving health IT, we have to move and evolve quickly as well. It is clear after last week’s meeting that ONC is meeting that challenge. A number of new resources were unveiled last week, including:

 
The release of these tools and resources are clear indicators that the national focus on health IT and the improvements it brings to health and health care is only growing stronger.

Here in our state, where we have suffered through the frightening situation of needing patient data and not having that data available during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we are also committed to driving health IT, not just for providers, but also for patients. We echo the sentiments of Karen DeSalvo, MD, ONC Director, former Quality Forum Board President and Louisiana native, who said at the close of the ONC 2016 meeting, “I want to reassure you all, as National Coordinator, that I am passionate and committed to seeing that we overcome any policy or technology or business case challenges that there might be so that we don’t have the kind of situations either in times of disaster or everyday life that interfere with people having the kind of health or health care that they choose and deserve and will help bring them the kind of quality of life that we all look for.”