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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Your Health Information: Get It, Check It, Use It.

It’s ushering in a new era in health care, with major benefits for women, caregivers, consumers and families.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

How Do I Get to Healthy?

What if, instead of plugging in your destination address, you could ask for directions to get to healthy?

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Realizing the Value of Health IT: Jumpstarting Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities

Health disparities and health information technology (IT). Those two issues aren’t linked very often, but they should be, and National Health IT Week presents a great opportunity to talk about why. Health information technology is a valuable tool we can use to reduce disparities for millions of Americans and improve the quality of health care.  

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

"Meaningful Use" of Health IT: What the FACA?!

What happens when you put a couple of dozen doctors, technology vendors, consumer advocates, researchers, public health officials, state legislators and others in a room and ask them to agree on exactly what it means to ‘meaningfully use’ electronic health records? Not as many fights as you’d think. And thanks to the Federal Advisory Committees Act [1] – which created the FACAs responsible for creating the first draft of Meaningful Use criteria – we know!

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

Health IT, From the desk of ... Erin Mackay

An Opportunity to Reduce Health Disparities that We Cannot Afford to Waste

One of America’s greatest assets is its incredible diversity. Today, one in five people in this country age five and older speak a language other than English at home. The U.S. Hispanic population has reached 50.5 million, accounting for more than half of the population increase since 2000.

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Mark Savage, Director of Health Information Technology Policy and Programs

From the desk of ... Mark Savage, Health IT

Moving Forward on Health IT

Delay access to health information you need now?  Pause efforts to ensure that an emergency room can get your medical data from your doctor immediately, if the need arises?  Patients and consumers say no.

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Elina Alterman, Health Information Technology Policy and Outreach Coordinator

From the desk of ... Elina Alterman, Health IT

Why Health IT is Truly the Cat's Meow

Those of us who work in the health IT world spend our days analyzing policies, creating advocacy strategies, and talking about meaningful use criteria, quality improvement, and care coordination till we're blue in the face. But how does that play out when we leave the office? More often than not, we bring our work home.

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Elina Alterman, Health Information Technology Policy and Outreach Coordinator

From the desk of ... Elina Alterman, Health IT

Meaningful Use March Madness: SO/GI or Bust!

Welcome to the final installment of Meaningful Use March Madness, a series of blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

Meaningful Use March Madness: Keep Up the Pace

Welcome to Meaningful Use March Madness, a series of blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program.

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Erin Mackay, Associate Director, Health Information Technology Programs

From the desk of ... Erin Mackay, Health IT

Meaningful Use March Madness

Welcome to Meaningful Use March Madness, a month of weekly blog posts refuting frequently-heard arguments about the criteria proposed for the Electronic Health Record “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program. Stay tuned all month!

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From the desk of ... Arian Hull, Health IT

"A Health Exchange of One"

As an intern at the National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF) and rising 2nd year law student, the hearing on Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) provided eye-opening exposure to the need for patients to be active participants in every aspect of their care.

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From the desk of ... Eva Powell, Health IT

How do Consumers View Health IT?

We are so excited to be able to share with you the results of an unprecedented study, commissioned to examine consumer views on health IT!

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From the desk of ... Eva Powell, Health IT

Consumer Advocates Connect on Inaugural Webinar

We had a fabulous inaugural conversation for state-based consumer advocates working on health IT implementation this week!

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From the desk of ... Alice Leiter, Health IT

Calling All State Advocates

Welcome. We are pleased to introduce this new blog — the first step in the process of creating an online community for state-level consumer advocates.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

In the Works: New Patient Rights

Patients and families may soon have a great opportunity to have more control over - and make improvements in - the health care they receive.

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

What, No Tiara?

Recently, a reporter conducted an analysis of the people considered to be "the most powerful" in the field of health information technology (IT).

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Christine Bechtel, Vice President

From the desk of ... Christine Bechtel, Health IT

Great News: 'Meaningful Use' Rule Released Today!

We've said it before and you know it's true: health information technology is for better health outcomes, not just better technology. And the new regulations released by the Obama administration show that they get it.

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From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness, Health IT

Now the Hard Work Begins…

That's right. Health reform may officially be law, but now the hard work of fixing our health care system begins.

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