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Portrait of Michael A Wittie, M.P.H.

The Digital Consumer: How Patient Generated Health Data and Health IT Can Help Improve Care

Michael A Wittie, M.P.H. | January 6, 2015

Data rests at the heart of health IT’s capacity to help improve care quality and health outcomes: standards-based, interoperable electronic systems make it possible to access, share, use and re-use information that was once locked in paper charts kept by individual providers. As more and more consumers engage and adopt mobile health technologies to help them better track their daily health and wellbeing, it will be increasingly important to consider how those data can flow seamlessly from consumers to providers – and back – to help everyone achieve better health.

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Portrait of Lygeia Ricciardi

Launching this fall: the National Blue Button Consumer Campaign

Lygeia Ricciardi | June 23, 2014

At the recent Health Datapalooza Conference held here in Washington DC, ONC announced the next step for a national Blue Button Campaign in coordination with supporters of the Blue Button Initiative. The Blue Button Initiative is a public-private partnership that seeks to give consumers easy and secure access to their health records from a variety of sources in a format they can use. 

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Portrait of Erin Siminerio, M.P.H.

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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