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Fighting HIV/AIDS with HIT

New York state is using innovative health information technology to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  They have been exploring how health communications strategies and social media could be used to expand the impact of HIV and STD prevention and treatment services.  New technology, such as wearable sensors and home monitoring tools which provide continuous health status feedback, allow patients to become more engaged in maintaining their health and allow clinicians to provide “just- in-time” interventions to better manage HIV and other infections and conditions.  Portable, low-cost, point of care devices can give patients and health care providers medical test results such as HIV status and T-Cell count outside of medical offices.  These devices, combined with health information exchanges will enhance communication between the patient and health care provider.  The full article is available in HealthIT Buzz.



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