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Health 2.0 Exchange Connects Consumer Ehealth Innovators with Beacon Communities

Pierce Graham-Jones | September 26, 2011

This past weekend, the Beacon Community Program headed to the 5th Annual Health 2.0 Conference, a leading gathering of people working to leverage the power of consumer technology to drive health care improvement. As part of the proceedings, the Health 2.0 organizers hosted the first-ever “Beacon Innovation Exchange.” Over the course of an open five-hour meeting, six of the Beacon Communities met and exchanged ideas with more than 50 consumer ehealth technology companies. They had some coordination and facilitation help from three organizations who make it their job to understand this industry – Health 2.0,

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Join Query Health in Developing National Standards for Population Queries

Dr. Doug Fridsma | September 23, 2011

The focus of our nation’s health care system is to improve the health of individuals and ultimately the health of the population as a whole. In order to positively impact population health, we need to be able to evaluate and react to emerging health issues and trends at both the local and the national level. In recent years, the use of distributed queries has become a growing focus of health information technology. Instead of relying on centralized databases,

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Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest Uses Past Successes to Improve Care

Dr. Daniel Hansen | September 23, 2011

As the Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) began establishing its Beacon Community—the Beacon Community of the Inland Northwest (BCIN)–we knew at least one thing: Evidence-based clinical best practices combined with a technology-based care coordination process could help improve patient outcomes.  How did we know?  INHS had already achieved successes for injured workers through its Centers for Occupational Health & Education (COHE).

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ONC Launches Data Segmentation Initiative

Joy Pritts | September 19, 2011

ONC is pleased to announce the launch of the Data Segmentation Initiative (DSI) on October 5, 2011. The Initiative will build on the vision of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which recommended the development of metadata tags to be used for exchanging data across organizational structures while maintaining the privacy and security of the information.

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