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ONC Innovation Engagement: Pillbox (Google Hangout)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)’s next Innovation Engagement Google Hangout is on October 7 at 2pm ET, featuring a discussion between David Hale of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Mark Silverberg from Social Health Insights on Pillbox, an NLM project to aid in the identification of unknown pills (oral solid dosage form medications). This resource combines images of pills with appearance and other information to enable users to visually search for and identify oral solid dosage form medications. NLM created and released open source code for “Pillbox” to make this data easily accessible and usable by the developer community. Available on Github, Pillbox is a collection of Python scripts that download the SPL data files, process the data files along with other data sources to create a “pill-focused” view of the information, and provide the data into formats that can be easily used by APIs. Pillbox is available as an API or developers can download and incorporate the scripts into their own applications. Join ONC on Oct 7 to learn more about Pillbox and how you can get involved.

Google Hangout (October 7, 2014, 2:00pm ET): http://bit.ly/1rIs48L
Pillbox: http://1.usa.gov/1oGUe0q

World Heart Day: Prevention

Monday, September 29th, 2014

September 29, 2014 is World Heart Day. To learn about heart-healthy lifestyle choices, visit MedlinePlus.

Heart Diseases–Prevention (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1DRtAM5

New Ways to Fight Migraines

Friday, September 26th, 2014

For those who suffer from migraine headaches and cannot tolerate drug treatments, the onset of a migraine can mean being unable to function normally for up to 72 hours. In this consumer update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), two new prescription devices may offer much needed relief. In clinical studies, both devices have shown to be effective with minimal risks and side effects when used correctly.

For information on these devices, visit the FDA’s consumer update page: http://1.usa.gov/1t2jD5U

Flu Shot Season is Around the Corner

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Everyone needs a flu shot every flu season. Less than half of all Americans got a flu shot last year.”It’s really unfortunate that half of Americans are not getting the protection from flu they could get,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You should get vaccinated every year for two reasons.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is often updated from one season to the next to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

A person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time so annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection. Annual vaccination is recommended even for those who received the vaccine during the previous flu season.

Watch this fun 30 second video to learn why everyone needs a flu vaccine! http://1.usa.gov/1up671Z

For more information about flu shots go to http://1.usa.gov/Y6YO0V

“Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine” in English and Spanish

http://1.usa.gov/1rnbz2Z (English)   http://1.usa.gov/ZLDtLF(Spanish)

 

Million Hearts® September’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Million Hearts® http://1.usa.gov/15U1n6o is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.

Million Hearts® focuses on increasing the number of communities who go smoke-free, decreasing sodium in the food supply, and eliminating trans-fat. In addition to changes to our environment, Million Hearts® calls for changes in the health care system that will produce better performance in the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, Smoking cessation).

Since launching in 2012, Million Hearts® has captured the support of many individuals and organizations, and has made important steps in preventing heart attacks and strokes. We have learned much from leaders in health care and communities nationwide about what is working and how to affect change.

The September CDC Grand Rounds features some of the progress that has been made to date through the Million Hearts® initiative along with some of the work that is still needed to reach the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Visit http://1.usa.gov/1rkavvu for more information.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

HHS and OMH recognize September 15-October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Join us in celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Visit the website for the history, health concerns, the Affordable Care Act and Latinos, as well as ways to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.  http://1.usa.gov/YVTEWp

Before, Between and Beyond Pregnancy

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Preconception Health+Health Care Initiative partnership has created a toolkit designed to help primary care providers, their colleagues and their practices incorporate preconception health into the routine care of women of childbearing age. The tool kit is designed to help primary care providers meet their patient’s needs based on the response to this “vital sign” question: “Are you hoping to become pregnant in the next year?” The goal of the toolkit is to help clinicians reach every woman who might someday become pregnant every time she presents for routine primary care with efficient, evidence-based strategies and resources. Access the toolkit here:  http://bit.ly/1uId1gp

Tools and Strategies for Managing Rural Health Networks

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) offers a web-based searchable tool that provides templates, guides, and other resources to assist health care network leaders in the management and development of their network. Included are a variety of resources focused on rural health networks: http://bit.ly/1BNwEGZ

September is Recovery Month

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

National Recovery Month is in its 25th year, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers tool kits in English and Spanish, public service announcements, banners, logos and flyers: http://1.usa.gov/1rqptkr.

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Its Back to School!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Visit the MedlinePlus School Health page for the latest news and topics on how to keep your children safe and healthy during the school year. http://1.usa.gov/OiJZP6

New from the Red Cross – Safety tips when the kids are home alone. http://rdcrss.org/1lwjxGl