Health Information Technology (HIT)

White House Proclaims September 11-16 National Health Information Technology Week

President Barack Obama has declared the week of September 11-16, 2011, National Health Information Technology Week.

National Health Information Technology Week is a time to highlight the importance of efficient information systems that protect the privacy and security of personal health information while improving the delivery of health care in the United States.

Arkansas Medicaid Meaningful Use Program Dates Announced

The Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Services, has announced the date that health care providers can register to receive Medicaid incentive funds for converting to an electronic health record system; the date that those providers can attest to adopting, implementing or updgrading their EHR; and the date that funds will become available.

High-Tech Tools to Manage Your Health Information

Even if you don’t use a computer, there are new ways to help manage your health information and improve how you and your health care providers communicate. This electronic technology (also called Health Information Technology or Health IT) can help improve the quality of your health care. It can also reduce paperwork, medical errors, and health care costs.

Here are two examples of Health IT that your health care providers might already be using:

Meaningful Use Released

The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) were released on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. You may also view the Meaningful Use full text here.

A Culture Inspired: CHCA 2010 Annual Conference in Review

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln stated, “Community Health Centers are a critical component of what is right and good about health care reform,” during her address to CHCA Annual Conference attendees. Craig Kennedy, Associate VP of Federal and State Affairs for NACHC, expressed his feelings that Community Health Centers are not simply the best model of care for the poor and uninsured, but are the best model of care for all primary health care. These sentiments pervaded this year’s conference. The conference theme, “Inspiring a Culture of Excellence: Innovation, Leadership, Quality,” aimed to prepare the Arkansas CHC staff members, board members, and partners in attendance for the landscape change of health care reform implementation. Over 200 attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors participated in this year’s conference.

White River Rural Health Center, Inc. Recognized by ONC for Health IT Efforts

White River Rural Health Center, Inc. was recently featured on the website for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in an article highlighting the success that White River Rural Health Center has achieved in deploying health information technology throughout their programs and facilities.

You can read the article here.

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