Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

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Patients Play a Vital Role in Improving the Quality of Information in their Medical Records

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | June 24, 2014

Federal incentives such as meaningful use and programs like the Blue Button Initiative are increasing patients’ electronic access to their medical records and encouraging greater engagement in their own care. That’s a good thing since medical records can contain errors .  Having a “second pair of eyes” on the medical record can help improve the quality of the information that providers ultimately use to make clinical decisions. Patients, after all,

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New Year, New Coverage, New Possibilities

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | January 10, 2014

For many of us, January is when we reflect on the past year, and think ahead to our hopes and goals for the year ahead. Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and for many of us, that means resolving to improve our health. Ask your friends and family, and you’ll hear many of the same resolutions over and over again: eat better, get fitter, take better care of ourselves and our loved ones,

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Achieving eHealth Equity – A report from National Minority Health Month

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | April 29, 2013

As part of National Minority Health Month, we’re excited to release a brief report summarizing some important conversations that have recently taken place around the issue of eHealth equity.
As background, in February, ONC helped organize a White House Summit on Achieving eHealth Equity in collaboration with the Office of Minority Health, and ZeroDivide-an organization working to use technology to reduce economic and health disparities.

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Cancer Care Video Challenge: Tell Us What Online Cancer Resources You Use

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | November 2, 2012

We want to hear from YOU about what online cancer resources, and other technology you’ve used to help you manage your cancer care and treatment or steps you might have taken to help you or your loved one better manage your or their health. Your stories have probably motivated those close to you and we want to make sure that they can help to inspire others to make the most of the information and tools available to make sure they get the best care—the care that is right for them.

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New Animated Video Explains How Advancements in Technology are Giving You Tools and Access to Information to Manage Your Health

Erin Siminerio, M.P.H. | August 7, 2012

It’s time health care caught up with the way we live the rest of our lives. Technology has transformed the way we bank, shop, travel and communicate; yet, health care has lagged far behind.
ONC has posted 3:00 minute and 60-second versions of an animated video for consumers that explains how widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and other technology is helping to give the U.S. health care system a 21st Century upgrade—creating one that is smarter and more responsive to the needs of patients,

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