National Health IT WeekHow will health IT make a difference a year from now at the next National Health IT Week? 

Over the next year, IT service providers, like OnRamp, will begin to deploy services that are truly compliant with government healthcare regulations under the HIPAA/HITECH Act. Traditionally, healthcare companies have been slow to adopt new technology or outsource the care and maintenance of their sensitive healthcare data. As a result, the healthcare industry, in many cases, has not been able to take advantage of the countless advances in technology.

As a result of the stimulus act, which gave healthcare providers reason to move to electronic medical records management, and the penalties associated with noncompliance under HIPAA, there has been a rapid movement by covered entities and business associates who deal with sensitive patient data to adopt technology in the transition to electronically protected health information (ePHI).  In response to the healthcare technology movement, there has been a surge in the number of IT service providers and technology solutions to properly address and ensure the confidentiality, availability and integrity of healthcare data according to the laws set forth by HIPAA. In the future, we can expect to see an acceleration of the adoption of new technology and a reduction of risk as healthcare providers begin to trust IT to appropriately protect sensitive information.

This post was constructed for the Health IT Week Blog Carnival – HIMSS inaugural blogging event to foster heath IT thought-leadership

About National Health IT Week
The Seventh Annual National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum where public and private healthcare constituents will work in partnership to educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT to the U.S. healthcare system. Held September 10-14, 2012, NHIT Week is an opportunity for the health IT community to come together under one umbrella to raise awareness of the cost savings and improved healthcare delivery benefits of health IT.