Brookings Health System Celebrates National Health IT Week, Sept. 12-16

Posted: 9/14/2011

Brookings Health System's information management staff. From left: Dan Flaskey, Michael Vaughn, Erica Knippling, Brian Sterud, Ryan WuellnerHealth information technology improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

To mark the important role health information technology plays in improving healthcare delivery in America, Brookings Health System and others across the U.S. have joined together to celebrate National Health Information Technology (NHIT) Week , Sept. 12-16.

With the NHIT Week theme: One Voice, One Vision: Transforming Health and Care, Brookings Health System will recognize the many accomplishments of IT at the organization.

"Our participation in National Health IT Week highlights our organization's commitment to ensure health information technology is integrated, interactive, interoperable, and intelligent to provide the best patient outcomes," said Brian Sterud CHCIO, Information Management Director. "By working together we can leverage the technology to promote for the betterment of our healthcare system."

For additional information about National Health IT Week, visit www.healthitweek.org/

About Brookings Health System
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About National Health Information Technology Week
Now in its fifth year, National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents-vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups- working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT. Log onto http://www.healthitweek.org/ for more information.