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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

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. 

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.