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Deloitte discusses technology-enabled self-care

Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions recently issued a brief discussing the convergence of personal health records and mobile communication alongside the barriers and opportunities that exist for health care industry stakeholders.

Health IT Now Coalition to host FCC Briefing

The Health IT Now Coalition will host a briefing with Kerry McDermott and the FCC Health Care team on September 24 at 12:30pm.

The briefing will be held at the National Association of Manufacturers office to discuss the FCC’s health care agenda.

HHS launches Spanish partner site of HealthCare.gov

The Department of Health and Human Services recently launched a Spanish language version of its HealthCare.gov website. The new site, CuidadodeSalud.gov, will connect Spanish speakers with resources aimed at helping them access quality and affordable healthcare coverage.

Health IT Legislation in the 111th Congress

There have been many bills introduced in the House that could have an impact on health information technology. Summaries of the following are available from http://healthitnow.org

Hospitals report HAI data on national network

A new survey by the Premier health care alliance has revealed that hospitals are making progress in the collection of health care-associated infection (HAI) and are more actively reporting the data to a national network.

Sebelius: New momentum behind e-records

Kaiser Health News recently featured a column from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The Secretary applauded major insurance companies, provider groups, doctors and hospitals that have teamed up to support the new “meaningful use” regulations.

ME: Health IT to receive $6.6M boost

The State of Maine received federal government approval to use a $6.6 million grant to expand the state’s health information technology.

Maine joins six other states to qualify for agency funding through the Office of the National Coordinator, part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Biden touts stimulus law's IT benefits

Vice President Biden unveiled a White House report on Tuesday indicating that Recovery Act investments in health IT are helping to reduce errors and improve patient care.

HIT Policy Committee OKs HIE consent rules

The Health IT Policy Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services expressed its support for a plan to require patient consent before health providers exchanging heath records electronically with other clinics, testing labs or health information exchange (HIE) networks.

Schwarzenegger: Telehealth the 'future of medicine'

On Tuesday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the California Telehealth Network at the UC Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento.

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