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Healthcare is a deeply personal issue for all of us, and as technology evolves it’s becoming a much larger part of our daily lives than ever before.  Whether talking about our own health, that of the people we love, or the broader spectrum, healthcare and how it’s administered is sure to elicit passionate responses from everyone in the conversation.  And if you ask the right people, you’ll get those same passionate responses when discussing the impact of Healthcare IT. We all want to know that we’re taken care of.  And in our current societal climate, we want access to information, especially our own, at our fingertips.

Electronic health records (EHR) and medical technology have advanced so much over the past decade.  And while this technology was once new and scary, it’s become a very real part of our lives while we’re in the hospital or doctor’s office, and while we’re at home.

Healthcare IT has had a profound impact on my professional life. As a communications and marketing professional, healthcare IT has provided career opportunities, destinations, and interactions not possible otherwise. I’ve had the privilege of guiding thousands of clinicians through the EHR  adoption process, which has, in turn, impacted the lives of countless patients in the health systems I’ve served. I’ve worked on technological implementations that impact the way people work, the way they live, and how they provide, receive, and interact with their healthcare. And I’ve been lucky enough to promote the services of an amazing team of healthcare IT implementation professionals that have had a direct impact on millions of other clinicians and patients. The downstream impact of Healthcare IT and our work cannot be understated.

But healthcare IT has also impacted my personal life.  Whether for myself, my immediate family, or my extended family, access to personal health information has become easier and a vital part of our family interaction. From primary care physicians and pediatricians to specialists and surgeons, to clinics and Emergency Rooms, our information is always accessible when we need it. And when they need it.

Through geographic moves, changing physicians, and aging loved ones, we are now a part of our care and are always informed so we can make the best decisions for our family. Access to information through technology helps us remain engaged with our care teams and part of our familial health.

It helps that I’ve had first-hand experience with the technology and interaction with clinicians using the technology. But as a communications professional, I’m also cognizant of the efforts being taken to inform patients and their families about the uses and benefits of this technology. These systems are such an integral part of our lives now. And I’m proud to have played a small part in bringing that vision to reality.

Optimum Healthcare IT is proud to participate in National Healthcare IT week and help promote the impact of Healthcare IT in our lives. For more information, please visit the NHIT website. #NHIT

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