February 2014 Posts

Introducing the Blue Button Connector

Lygeia Ricciardi | February 24, 2014

Today at the HIMSS conference in Orlando ONC demonstrated the Blue Button Connector. This early release of the Connector website is an invitation to members of the growing Blue Button community to help to improve the website before it is more widely marketed to consumers and developers.  

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Children’s Medical Center Dallas Enables True Data Liberation for Patients

Lee Stevens | February 19, 2014

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is among the first hospitals in the U.S. to implement true, untethered export of patient health data to a Personal Health Record (PHR) – one of the many benefits of health IT.  Over a year in planning, and in partnership with Microsoft Health Vault and Verizon, and supported by ONC, Children’s is now exporting patient health data for patients undergoing treatment for Sickle Cell Disease to their PHRs, and they are expanding the program to other care specialties including cardiac care.

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HITECH Turns 5

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo |

This week marks a major milestone in our journey towards adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. As we work toward the secure, private and meaningful exchange of interoperable health information across the continuum of care, the law that made much of this possible turns five.  We are celebrating the five-year anniversary of the passage of the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) as part of the American Recovery and Revitalization Act.

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RECs surpassed their goals to increase EHR adoption

Kimberly Lynch, M.P.H. | February 13, 2014

Happy Birthday RECs!
This month marks the 4th birthday of the Regional Extension Center (REC) Program, and what a four years it’s been! We thought we’d take this chance to talk about some of the accomplishments that REC’s achieved in the past few years, and how their partnership with providers continues in leveraging health IT to improve care.

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