Meanwhile, the National Partnership for Women & Families in a release noted the HITECH Act has greatly improved patients’ access to their health information, allowing many patients to: Access health information within hours or days of a clinical visit or hospital discharge; Contribute to their health records by emailing doctors with corrections or additional data; and View online, download or transmit their own health records.
But much more work remains to fully implement health IT in ways that help our health care system meet the needs of patients, caregivers and providers. We have a responsibility to patients and families to finish the job,” said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The HITECH Act, which was included in a larger economic stimulus package, officially created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the meaningful use program.
Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement that the widespread use of electronic health records by providers made possible by the HITECH Act’s Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs are “helping to facilitate much-needed culture change by empowering patients.”
Health Information Technology (HIT) policy needs to focus on improving patient medication adherence in order to realize the goals of improving patient health and achieving cost savings in the US health care system, according to an expert panel convened by NEHI (Network for Excellence in Health Innovation) and Prescriptions for a Healthy America.
“This is a reflection of the strong recognition across the country, across region, across class, race, and gender, that something needs to change,” said Vicki Shabo, director of the work and family programs at the National Partnership.
Women are far less likely than men to get paid leave from their workplaces, according to a new survey commissioned by American Women, the National Partnership for Women & Families, and the Rockefeller Family Fund.
Consumer Partnership for eHealth offered its assessment of Stage 3, writing, “The Meaningful Use program must incorporate infrastructure and uses of certified EHRs that will reduce health disparities as a measurable health outcome. To this end, we have come together to create an evidence-based action plan for leveraging the EHR Incentive Program to reduce health disparities.
The push for sick-leave legislation began in San Francisco, where a group of restaurant workers organized support for a measure that was put on the ballot in November 2006, and won with 61 percent of the vote, said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group.
"These new data confirm what people across the country have long known, and what too many members of Congress have yet to address - that our nation’s workplace policies are out of sync with real life in this era, and women and families suffer terribly as a result," Ness said in a statement to HuffPost.
In November, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals passed regulations affecting the state’s abortion clinics, imposing new space requirements on abortion providers that not one of the state’s five existing clinics would be able to meet.
The majority of new moms say they worked while they were pregnant, yet their employers often failed to accommodate their pregnancies before giving birth or their needs afterward, according to a new survey from the National Partnership for Women & Families.
It’s now usual for women to work professionally while pregnant, but many encounter significant barriers to success on the job, according to a survey brief released by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, praised Obama for addressing the issue, but said he can do more to promote pay equity.
Throughout the country, Ness said, workers need the chance to earn paid sick days so they can "recover from illness and care for sick children and family members."
“The way people experience these issues isn’t necessarily in buckets," said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership for Women and Families. "The same person may be paid less than her male co-worker and therefore can’t afford child care, and when her kid gets sick she can’t take leave.”
The National Partnership for Women & Families and Childbirth Connection announced that they have joined forces, with Childbirth Connection becoming a core program of the National Partnership.
On the other hand, Vicki Shabo of the National Partnership for Women and Families says paid leave can be a lifesaver for workers. She says more women than ever are breadwinners for their families even as they remain the primary caregiver.
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