Office of Health Information Technology and Google host two-day healthcare workshop

Google Cloud Panel speaker at the Digital Health Summit22 in July in St. Thomas (Photo submitted)

The Office of Health Information Technology (OHIT) and a team of executives from Google and Google Cloud will host a two-day workshop on September 12-13 at Government House in St. Croix for leaders from the information technology sectors on health and human services to share best practices, resources, and solutions for workforce development, integration, and interoperability to improve outcomes in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The workshop follows discussions that took place at the OHIT Digital Health Summit in July, which was designed to foster innovative and transformative health information technology resources and solutions. .

“Based on the energy and success of the summit, I am thrilled to see the Office of Health Information Technology taking another step to establish practices, programs and partnerships that can greatly improve the quality of healthcare choices and resources available to people in the Virgin Islands,” Governor Albert Bryan Jr.

Many summit attendees were eager to learn more about Google’s approach and resources, and Google is committed to investing resources in the USVI health ecosystem, according to the director of the OHIT, Michelle Francis.

The mission of the Office of Health IT is to design and implement an integrated health system that uses health information technology to improve the health and well-being of territory residents.

A representative from the Google Cloud team expressed appreciation for the opportunity provided by the USVI Office of Health Information Technology to discuss Google’s investment in the healthcare industry. During this workshop, there will be a discussion on how to expand Google’s partnerships within the USVI in workforce development, and ways to promote onboarding and interoperability between health systems to measurably improve health care outcomes for residents.

The Office of Health Information Technology also continues to work with the Department of Human Services Medicaid Office to create and launch the USVI Health Information Exchange, which will allow a patient’s health record to be tracked between providers in the territory and on the American continent. The exchange will also transform care coordination so providers can better communicate about a patient’s overall care and see their records in one secure place.

OHIT Executive Director Michelle Francis interviews Public Consulting Group’s Fred Forrer on a special edition of Government House’s ‘The Press Box’. (photo sent)

OHIT also plans to hold a number of smaller educational events between this event and next year’s Digital Health Summit, with the aim of providing providers, healthcare professionals and the general public the information, access to resources, and subject matter experts to navigate the changing health IT landscape and make informed decisions.

For more information, visit the Office of Health Information Technology website at www.ohitusvi.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ohitusvi for details, downloadable materials and to watch sessions from the Digital Health Summit22.

The Bryan-Roach administration is investing in the territory’s people, infrastructure, and future through transparency, stabilizing the economy, restoring trust in government, and ensuring that stimulus projects are completed on as quickly as possible. Visit https://transparency.vi.gov

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