AAP's Council on Clinical Information Technology (COCIT) was established in 2002, when the Section on Computers & Other Technologies merged with the Task Force on Medical Informatics. Today, COCIT is home to over 500 AAP members and affiliate members who are committed to, invested in, and enthusiastic about the development, implementation, spread, and promotion of health information technology (HIT) that works for physicians in their efforts to improve children's health.
COCIT members represent all corners of the pediatric HIT universe: novice EHR users, health information exchange advocates, Meaningful Use attesters, CMIOs, board-certified Clinical Informaticians, and everything in between.
COCIT Mission, Vision, and Goals
The mission of COCIT is to provide strategic direction and leadership to promote affordable, child-friendly health information technology (HIT) and health information exchange (HIE) solutions that support quality care; and to drive the creation and successful deployment of systems which have these characteristics.
Every infant, child and adolescent would be cared for in every venue with the necessary health information technology that is both cost effective and improves the quality of health care, regardless of socio-economic status.
Support the usage of pediatric HIT and HIE in actual practice, including the Medical Home, with a particular focus on addressing the Child Health Priorities identified in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Strategic Plan.
Ensure HIT solutions are child-friendly, affordable, and cost-effective, and support quality care, including the Medical Home.
Increase the visibility and effectiveness of the efforts of COCIT and the AAP in providing HIT and HIE direction and leadership.
Provide high value for COCIT members.
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All National AAP members may join COCIT. In addition, the Council has an affiliate membership category that includes physicians and non-physicians who are actively involved in pediatric HIT.
COCIT Executive Committee
COCIT is led by an 11-member Executive Committee. Members of the Executive Committee are elected by their peers within COCIT.
Byron Oberst Award
The Byron Oberst Award recognizes pediatricians who have made significant contributions to the use of clinical information technology in pediatrics.
Much of COCIT's work happens through a robust Subcommittee structure. Participating in a COCIT Subcommittee is a great way for members to enhance leadership skills and make a positive contribution to COCIT!