Month: September 2012

Health IT Week: Health IT for You and Me

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Celebrate Health IT Week!

Health IT for You and Me

Health Information Technology (Health IT) is upgrading our health care system for the 21st century. Today’s technology is converting the information in our paper records into an electronic format that allows you and your doctors to have access to your health information when and where it’s needed.

Watch this video (3 minutes) from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to learn more about how Health IT is improving health care for you.

Local Perspectives

Health IT is one of several essential tools to improve health care and, ultimately, health. When Health IT is effectively combined with the other essential tools — access to primary care, patient-centered values, a culture of continuous improvement, and inclusive leadership — it helps drive improvements in patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, provider satisfaction, and cost reduction.

Sharon H. Vitousek, MD
Board President, Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community
Director, North Hawai‘i Outcomes Project

A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ia
No task is too big when done together by all.

The whole idea behind Beacon — whether through Health IT, care coordination, or clinical transformation — is to handle the huge task of health care for Hawai‘i Island, which can only be done by all of us working together!

Michelle Malia Hiraishi
Executive Director
Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi

Health IT helps us merge our clinical efforts with appropriate documentation so that we are able to accurately capture data for internal and external quality improvement efforts. By having access to all of our information electronically, we are able to be more efficient and effective in managing patient care through improved communication and the ability to track patient outcomes.Melissa Corrao
Medical Home Program Coordinator
Bay Clinc, Inc.

Health IT is important to our organization and to me because it will allow sharing of my and other patients’ health information electronically with other health care providers. This will improve our health and the quality of care we receive when we go between providers and facilities. For example, when I am referred to a specialist or go to the Emergency Room, all can access the same data as my Primary Care Physician. There will be less chance for medical errors and easier reporting of accurate statistics.

Kimberlin Barnes
Informatics Specialist II
Bay Clinic, Inc.
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Hawai‘i Health Connector September eNews

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Hawai‘i Health Connector September eNews

The Connector Issues RFP for Communication Services
Today, we have issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified bidders to provide professional communication services to promote the online health insurance marketplace we are currently developing.
The RFP contains three components—market research, communication strategy, and public relations. We are looking to grow brand awareness and position the online marketplace as the premier source of health insurance information for consumers and business in Hawai‘i.
Interested companies can download the RFP and find information about the Connector’s activities online at  The RFP and detailed instructions can be found under the “Public Notices” section of the website.  The direct link to the RFP is
Questions about the RFP should be directed to Kathy Mitchell via email:
Community Outreach Meeting
The next community outreach meeting will be Friday, September 21, 2012.  The public is invited to participate in an open discussion regarding the Connector’s branding and logo development.  We are very excited to work with consumers on this important milestone and we want as much input as possible so our logo is truly one that everyone can be proud of.
Visit our website for time and location details of the upcoming meeting.
Consumer Advisory Committee
The Community Outreach Team has extended the deadline for submitting applications to be part of the Consumer Advisory Committee to Friday, September 7, 2012.
The Consumer Advisory Committee will represent a wide variety of consumer and employer interests, including:
(a) Individuals and Small Businesses who will purchase health plans through the Connector;
(b) Diverse populations throughout the state; and
(c) Organizations that help individuals to enroll in health plans through the Connector, including insurance providers and advocates for hard-to-reach populations.
Members who serve on this committee will represent small businesses and consumers statewide and will participate in strategic outreach initiatives.
If you are interested in serving on the Committee or know of someone, complete the attached application and submit it to (For application, click here)
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Celebrating Health IT Week: September 10-14

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Celebrate Health IT Week!

The principle of Health Information Technologyis simpleApplying innovative technologies to manage health information more effectively. The multi-faceted benefits of Health IT include streamlined access to patient information and better communication among health care providers and patients for an ultimate improvement in all aspects of care.

Look for your Health IT Week emails and stay connected by visiting HIBC on Facebook or #NHITWeek on Twitter.

Celebrate Health Information Technology Week with HIBC

The future of health care is now, and Hawai’i Island Beacon Community is excited to highlight key aspects of Health Information Technology during National Health IT Week, Sept. 10th – 14th. We invite you to join us as we celebrate this week-long observance to raise awareness of the incredible progress being made in the field of health-related information technology.

Progressive Growth for the Benefit of All
In the week ahead, you’ll receive daily emails with updates on innovations designed to streamline efficiency and reduce costs. We’ll touch on a variety of topics like Health IT milestones on the Big Island, use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and advances in care coordination. These and other promising Health IT projects are in motion across the nation as part of the Beacon Community program including expansion of online communities, the adoption of e-prescriptions to reduce errors and wait times, and personal health tools like smartphone “apps” that can keep patients on the right track to optimal health.

Improved access to health information means a higher standard of care. As transformative technology is researched and adopted across all forms of health care in our islands, we envision the end result of our collaborative commitment to Health IT — a more effective health care system that is highly adaptable to the changing needs of the community.

Your Role in Health IT
As HIBC dedicates time and effort to exploring innovative technology and how it integrates with our other focus areas of clinical transformation and wellness & prevention, we encourage you to follow along as we share examples of momentum and growth. As these technologies produce tangible improvements in cost, quality, and community health, we hope you’ll stay connected with us as we explore how Health IT impacts you, your family, your organization and your community.

Thank you for your partnership with HIBC. Your support is crucial as we work together to improve health outcomes for Hawai’i Island, empower residents to take control of their health, and transform our infrastructure into a health care system that is as dynamic as it is dependable.

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