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Maureen Dunn Becomes Leader of HIT-COI

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Maureen Dunn, Director of the Medical Library at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH, has accepted the role of Leader of the Health-IT Community of Interest. Along with Mark Goldstein as the NER facilitator, the group hopes to build a strong core of participants to plan future events and activities. One likely event will be a webinar highlighting the emergence of academic programs in Health-IT at community colleges throughout the region.

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 (

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

Additional resources new on

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 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:  


Community of Interest   

“Understanding the Role of HIEs”

Jeff Loughlin, Director of the NH-REC

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


Login information will be provided at registration.  

 For additional questions, contact: Mark Goldstein (; 508-856-5964).

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