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Archive for January, 2012

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)

Webinar on Community Benefit

Friday, January 13th, 2012

By Deborah Clark, Leader of the Healthy Communities COI

Recently, the Healthy Communities COI hosted a webinar to discuss ways libraries could assist their institutions in meeting IRS “community benefit” filing requirements. Per the Affordable Care Act, non-profit hospitals must now conduct community health needs assessments at least every three years and document what types of eligible community benefits they provide to meet identified community health needs. These programs and services can include:
• Charity care, unreimbursed Medicare & Medicaid costs, and other financial assistance
• Building improvements
• Community coalition building and leadership development
• Community health improvement activities, professional education, and research

Any programs and services a hospital wishes to document as community benefit must meet these criteria:
• They address an identified community need
• They support the hospital’s community-based mission
• They are designed to improve health
• They produce a measurable community benefit
• They require hospital subsidy to be maintained

Examples of activities libraries can sponsor to contribute to their hospital’s community benefit:
• Supporting educational activities
• Offering community outreach programs
• Assisting with community needs assessment
• Connecting people with hospital-subsidized financial aid and support services
• Participating in coalition building
• Responding to health information needs of disadvantaged and underserved populations
• Responding to public health needs

Some helpful online resources related to developing a sustainable community benefits program, including how to document and report on qualifying activities may be found at: (more…)

NIH News in Health [January Issue]

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Check out the January issue of NIH New in Health. Learn about why it’s so hard to break bad habits and also how living in the moment can help improve your health. NIH News in Health is a monthly newsletter with helpful tips to improve your health. Download the PDF or subscribe for a free e-mail alert.

Tox Town Introduces New US Southwest Neighborhood

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

What is fracking? What are uranium tailings and how can they affect my health? Answers to these questions can be found in Tox Town’s new US Southwest Scene. (English) (Spanish)

This scene, developed in conjunction with Diné College in New Mexico, highlights locations associated with environmental health concerns impacting the Navajo and others living in the Southwest region of the United States. New Tox Town locations found in this scene include:
1. Abandoned Mines
2. Coal-Fired Power Plants
3. Dust Storms
4. Hydraulic Fracturing
5. Irrigation Canals and Ditches
6. Oil and Gas Fields
7. Sheep Ranching
8. Uranium Tailings
9. Water Wells
10. Windmills

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit this new neighborhood and learn about possible environmental health risks in this part of the country.

[Forwarded from National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services]

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