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New Video Discusses Advantages of Electronic Health Records

Parmeeth M.S. Atwal | August 10, 2011

“If I could snap my finger and have one thing transform the quality of care in the country, it would be that everyone would have an electronic health record that would be universally accessible.”
Joseph McCannon, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
ONC recently released the video, “The Future of Health Care: Electronic Health Records,” which highlights the benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) through commentary from health information technology leaders.

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University-Based Training: A Look at Duke

W. Ed Hammond | August 8, 2011

The Program of Assistance for University-Based Training (UBT), which is part of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Workforce Development Program, is designed to rapidly and sustainably increase the availability of individuals qualified to serve in specific health IT professional roles requiring university-level training.
The nine colleges and universities that received a grant under this program are charged with promptly establishing new and/or expanded training programs,

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I Had More Time with My Father after Cancer Diagnosis

Parmeeth M.S. Atwal | July 11, 2011

When Heidi Sitcov’s father was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor and referred to a hospice with just three months to live, her immediate response was to seek out a physician and system that could provide her father with coordinated care. A key component of that care included use of electronic health records (EHRs), where his cancer diagnoses, treatments, and treatment plans would be available for his entire provider team to access and utilize in his continued care.

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Nurse Administrator Discusses How EHRs Helped Patients in Joplin

Parmeeth M.S. Atwal | June 29, 2011

Dottie Bringle, R.N.,  was on her way to Ireland when the tornado hit Joplin, MO, the town where she has worked as the Chief Operating and Chief Nursing Officer at St. John’s Mercy Hospital for 24 years.  Standing in line at the Atlanta airport waiting to catch her connecting flight to Dublin, she heard the news that a storm had struck Joplin, and that it was bad. Dottie rushed back to Joplin, and when she arrived,

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New Mobile App Will Use Texting for Diabetes Management

| June 24, 2011

Health care improvement often refers to the process of making changes to the way health care is delivered by providers.  But actions to improve and reform the health care delivery system can only go so far. As Dr. Don Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services often reminds us, the delivery system doesn’t have much control over the biggest factors that influence a person’s overall health. For example, a doctor doesn’t decide what each of their patients eats,

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