HIT adoption for rural providers is focus of webinar

Dr. David Willis, chief medical information officer of Community HealthIT and Munroe Regional Medical Center and the medical director of Florida Health Center, will be a guest speaker at the upcoming HIMSS Rural Health IT Community webinar on September 8, 2014. Willis will address how rural healthcare providers are positioned to work collaboratively on projects that improve health information technology (HIT) in their communities. For example, in many cases, the social capital already exists in cooperative relationships, which can overcome rural setbacks such as money, expertise and resources. Rural healthcare providers often enjoy better patient relationships which lend themselves to unique opportunities for patient engagement, research and transformative care. In addition, rural practices tend to be flexible with change and workflow adaptation.

Wllis will be presenting along with Dr. Paul Kleeberg, chair of the HIMSS board of directors, and Joe Wivoda, chief information officer of the National Rural Health Resource Center.

HIMSS is a global, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology and is committed to rural health IT adoption. The webinar is available to HIMSS Rural Health IT Community members. Learn more about the organization by visiting www.himss.org/ruralhealth.

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