Two agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services are seeking input from stakeholders on using health information technology to aid long-term care support services (LTSS).
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Administration for Community Living will host a day-long workshop on Oct. 16 in Washington. They seek to discuss how best to integrate HIT into a patient-centered plan that supports improved collaboration among community-based organizations and clinicians. The workshop also will be accessible via the web.
Using health IT to support person and family-centered planning can provide a path to improving communication and quality of healthcare and LTSS, and ensuring that the individual's preferences, priorities and goals are the foundation for that plan and are addressed across the spectrum of healthcare and LTSS settings, states an Oct. 8 Federal Register notice. Healthcare LTSS providers play a critical role in this care continuum. However the pace of health IT adoption and interoperable communication varies across systems.
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