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This week is National Health IT week!

Monday, September 10th, 2012

What is National Health IT Week?

“Now in its seventh year, National Health IT Week is a collaborative forum assembling key healthcare constituents—vendors, provider organizations, payers, pharmaceutical/biotech companies, government agencies, industry/professional associations, research foundations, and consumer protection groups— working together to elevate national attention to the necessity of advancing health IT. “

There are a number of activities and forums planned, and plenty of opportunities to attend, virtually (http://www.healthitweek.org/activities.asp).

If you attend any of the forums or activites, please let me know!

Additional resources new on HealthIT.gov:

Stage 2 Meaningful Use—Final Rules: On Thursday, August 23, ONC and CMS released final requirements for the Stage 2 Electronic Health Records Incentive programs and Standards & Certification Criteria. Information and resources about both rules are available on a new Meaningful Use Stage 2 page.

New Consumer Videos Available: In recent weeks, ONC has expanded its library of consumer-friendly videos. New videos available in the Patients and Families section of HealthIT.gov include an animated video about the benefits of health IT, as well as winners of two consumer video challenges. Watch the videos.

Health IT and the CCC Program

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

On July 11, 2012, the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) welcomed representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), along with its workforce development grantees from leading universities and community colleges, to discuss the work of Health IT education and workforce development programs across the country.

This 90-minute webinar included four panelists that provided case studies demonstrating how new Health IT academic programs are preparing graduates to join the workforce and advance their careers through the Community College Consortia (CCC) Program. CCC program participants currently number 82 member community colleges throughout the 50 states.

The country is broken up into five regional groups (Group A thru Group E). Region E includes 22 member colleges located in the District of Columbia, along with ten other states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Region E’s goal is to help provide the northeastern area of the United States with a skilled professional workforce needed to support transition to a new era of health care, where health care providers will use electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient health and ultimately affect the way health care is delivered in this country.

Individual member community colleges will receive funding to rapidly create their Health IT academic programs or expand existing health IT training programs that can be completed in six months or less. Academic programs are designed for professionals with an IT or health care background, and focus on training students for six professional roles:

  1. Practice Workflow and Information Management Redesign Specialist
  2. Clinician/Practitioner Consultant
  3. Implementation Support Specialist
  4. Implementation Manager
  5. Technical/Software Support Specialist
  6. Trainer

CCC program graduates are expected to be high caliber health information technology professionals interested in supporting the growing and evolving Health IT industry. In all, CCC Program members hope to train more than 10,500 new highly skilled Health IT specialists by the end of 2012.

Health-IT COI webinar this Wed, Mar 7, 3-4 pm

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Wikipedia defines a health information exchange (HIE) as the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a region, community or hospital system.

The emergence of HIEs is widely expected to provide a range of important benefits for patients, physicians, and the healthcare industry as a whole.The HIE provides the capability to electronically move clinical information among disparate health care information systems while at the same time maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged. The goal of the HIE is to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical data to provide safer and more timely, efficient, effective, and equitable patient-centered care.

Come and learn more about this important component to our healthcare future!

Announcing the second in  a series of three webinars hosted by NER’s Health-IT Community of Interest:  

Health-IT 

Community of Interest   

“Understanding the Role of HIEs”

with
Jeff Loughlin, Director of the NH-REC

 Wednesday, March 7th from 3:00-4:00 pm  

TO REGISTER:     http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HIT-COI

Login information will be provided at registration.  

 For additional questions, contact: Mark Goldstein (mark.goldstein@umassmed.edu; 508-856-5964).

Health-IT COI webinar series

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Session I: “Understanding the role of RECs”, Wed, Jan 25, 2-3 pm

As key speaker for next Wednesday’s webinar we have Jeff Loughlin, who serves as the Director for the Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire. He also serves as a Project Director with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, working with providers, practice leaders, medical and administrative staffs to ensure successful adoption and “meaningful use” of EHR technology in the medical office environment.

RECs (Regional Extension Centers) are authorized by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.

RECs were established to support and serve primary care clinicians and other health care providers, helping them to quickly become adept and meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs).

To register for this webinar: click here

To join the HIT-COI group and receive future mailings: click here
Also, please stay tuned for announcements on future sessions in this exciting series:

Session II: Understanding the Role of HIEs (Health Information Exchanges)
To be announced (early-to-mid Feb)

Session III: Understanding the Role of Community Colleges in HIT
To be announced (mid-to-late Feb)

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