From the ONC Desk

Portrait of Donna Mazyck

Health IT helps school nurses coordinate care for children

Donna Mazyck | May 8, 2014

Imagine this: A third grade boy diagnosed with Sickle-cell disease wakes up during the night experiencing severe pain in his chest.  His father alerts the pediatrician that he and his son are on their way to the emergency department (ED) of a hospital near their home. The pediatrician phones the ED to say her patient will arrive soon. The boy receives treatment in the ED and is admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of acute chest syndrome.

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Portrait of Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS

Nurses Leading the Way

Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS | May 6, 2014

Happy National Nurses Week to all nurses as we celebrate from May 6 until May 12, 2014! Also, Happy Nursing Informatics Day on May 12, 2014, which is also an important day in nursing history because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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Portrait of Judy Murphy

Celebrating National Nurses Week 2014

Judy Murphy | May 5, 2014

As a nurse, I am excited to kick off National Nurses Week at the ONC with this post.  Nurses have always played a special role in health care, and no year has highlighted that more than this one.  Today, nurses are found in inimitable roles throughout the health care continuum, often serving as the coordinator of care.  This is true in health IT as well – nurses are often found coordinating IT projects and playing pivotal roles in its adoption and use.

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Portrait of Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo

Advancing Health Equity in the Digital Age

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo | April 18, 2014

During National Minority Health Month, we acknowledge the potential for health information technology (health IT) – from electronic and personal health records to online communities to mobile applications – to transform health care and improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities. Lack of access to quality, preventive health care, cultural and linguistic barriers, and limited patient-provider communication are factors that aggravate health disparities. By increasing our investment in health IT policies and standards, we can help improve the quality of health care delivery and make it easier for patients and providers to communicate with each other – a huge step toward addressing the persistence of health disparities.

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