Blockchain Technology is the Focal Point of Ohio Healthcare IT Day


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The US state of Ohio, in its 132nd General Assembly, passed Senate Bill 220 which essentially places it as a national policy leader on the use of blockchain technology. This according to a report published April 16, 2019, by AI Thority.

Ohio Looks to Go All in on Blockchain

In recent times, the US state of Ohio has made considerable waves in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. BTCManager reported on November 28, 2018, of how Ohio set a precedent for other US states when it passed a law to enable payment of taxes with bitcoin. The historic move wasn’t only limited to papers as at the beginning of 2019, retail giant Overstock declared that it will pay its Ohio business tax in bitcoin.

Now, in an attempt to further propel the use of blockchain technology in the state, the Ohio Statehouse on April 17, 2019, will host the 12th annual Ohio Healthcare Information Technology Day (OHIT Day 2019) which will witness panel discussions on the importance of the partnership between the public and private sector to aid the state’s healthcare system.

Commenting on OHIT Day 2019, Richard Moore, Advocacy Chairman of the Central & Southern Ohio Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (CSOHIMSS), said:

“We have seen the use of blockchain technology for crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, but now we see potential uses of blockchain in other industries are growing rapidly. On OHIT Day 2019 we will focus on blockchain use in healthcare to teach IT, work IT and grow IT for Ohio.”

The Event

OHIT Day 2019, an event that aims to highlight the importance of healthcare information technology within the state’s political echo chamber, is a collaborative effort among organizations such as the CSOHIMSS, the Northern Ohio Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (NOHIMSS), the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA), CHIME, CliniSync HIE, The Health Collaborative/HealthBridge HIE, eHealth Ohio, HIMSS Government Relations, HIMSS Blockchain Taskforce, and HIMSS Innovation Center, among others.

The event will see the direct engagement of state officials on the matter of the use of blockchain technology to disrupt Ohio’s healthcare sector.

It’s worth highlighting that in addition to the various political figures and government organizations, the event will also see participation from organizations, hospitals and other entities in Ohio using blockchain technology.

Moore noted:

“Ohio is once again a leader in health IT and Governor Dewine and Lieutenant Governor Husted are recognizing this by proclaiming April 17th to be Ohio Healthcare Information Technology Day.”

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