Read updates from ONC’s Beacon Communities about how they are helping the nation transition to electronic health records. Beacon Communities serve as examples of health IT in action. These communities have made significant inroads in the development of secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange. Check out a short film about the Beacon Communities on our YouTube Channel to learn more.
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It’s hard to believe that yet another year has passed and we are once again upon our industry’s largest event: the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference. As in years past, ONC will have a significant presence at the conference.
The health information team at the Keystone Beacon Community has developed a new health information exchange (HIE) implementation tool that will allow any skilled nursing facility to share a patient’s information inexpensively and securely—with or without an electronic health record. Thanks to this innovative approach, previously inaccessible information collected by critical long-term and post- acute care facilities can be added to a patient’s health record, enabling the patient’s care team to work better together. That’s good medicine for all of us.
According to the New York State Department of Health, diabetes affects one out of every 12 adult New Yorkers. The number of diabetics in New York State has more than doubled since 1994 and that number could double again by 2050. Western New York, which includes Buffalo and eight counties ranging from urban to suburban and rural, has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the country with approximately 150,000 diabetic patients.