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NJIT Students Invited to Create Personal Electronic Health Records

NJIT students will create individual electronic Personal Health Records (PHR) at NJIT in the Campus Center Atrium, on Sept. 10, 2012, (from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).  The New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) and NJIT are sponsoring the free event to emphasize the value of electronic health records.  The event coincides with the 7th Annual National Health IT Week. (ATTENTION REPORTERS:   To attend, call Denise Anderson, (732) 618-3867.)

“Participants will see live demonstrations and create their individual electronic PHR,” said NJ-HITEC Executive Director, Bill O’Byrne.  “The creation and interoperable connection of electronic medical records is essential to improvements in the timely delivery of high quality, affordable medical care.  NJIT and NJ-HITEC working together have created an electronic health network for students to provide high quality, 21st Century medical care ensuring that we remain at the forefront of Health Information Technology in New Jersey." 

The event will enable NJIT Student Health Services (SHS) to launch a Health IT initiative and unveil Medicat, a new EHR system.  Medicat will link to Health-e-cITi New Jersey, a Health Information Exchange and will also connect the state’s regional hospitals through a web-based portal platform.  NJIT SHS serves about 10,000 students.

NJIT Student Health Services Medical Director, Judy Washington, MD, believes that participation will benefit students.  Not only can they create individual EHRs and modernize their health records, but they will also have the chance to be leaders in the movement to generate individual PHRs.  “Having a PHR will improve the way we care for students, who represent a global community with many health care needs,” she said. 

Creating a PHR will also provide students with the start of their own comprehensive health record.  Such records will be able to be assessed at local hospitals for tests and serve other healthcare needs.  Once created, a PHR can be accessed  from computers, tablets, and smart phones.

National Health IT Week (Sept. 10-14, 2012) is a collaborative forum during which public and private healthcare constituents work in partnership to educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the US healthcare system.

NJ-HITEC provides support and assistance to NJ primary care providers in the selection, implementation, and achievement of “Meaningful Use” of an ONC accredited Electronic Health Record (EHR) system.  It was established in June 2010 by NJIT through a $23 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator, as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009.  NJ-HITEC is one of 62 federally designated Regional Extension Centers nationwide established to improve American healthcare delivery and patient care by the investment in health information technology. 

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.