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HHS Announces $267 Million in Grants

On April 6, HHS announced its release of $267 million in grants for Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to 28 additional nonprofit centers. The $267 million comes from the HITECH Act which was adopted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

“Health care in our country is community-based.

More HIE grants awarded

On Monday March 22, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $160 million of the final set of grants to help states adopt health information technology. The grants are part of the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program mandated in the 2009 Stimulus bill.

Health IT: Going Mobile

On March 4, Aetna announced a new approach for communicating with patients. Aetna is providing mobile solutions to the vast majority of its members which includes mobile “apps”, text messaging and mobile web access via smart phones.

ONC: Proposed HIT Certification Rules

On March 2, the Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making process for the establishment of certification programs for health IT.

Below are “Facts at a Glance” released by the Office of the National Coordinator.

New IT Platform to help spur Health IT

On March 3, Verizon announced a new IT platform that will help spur widespread adoption of health IT. The new platform enables providers to digitally share and exchange  physicians notes on a secure interoperable platform.

Broadband Internet Has Led To Advances Like Health IT

Broadband Internet Has Led To Advances Like Health IT

A National Broadband Plan

The Health IT Now Coalition applauds the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission

Health IT: What it Really Means

ARRA was signed into law on February 17, 2009.  On August 20, 2009, the HIT Standards Committee made recommendations to National Coordinator Blumenthal for standards governing meaningful use of electronic health records.  HHS will issue a final rule based on the recommendations by December 31, 2009.  There will be a 60 day comment period.

Update on Health IT and Stimulus Package

Details on health IT funding in recent stimulus bill

Transforming the Privacy Dialogue

Transforming the Privacy Dialogue
Genetic Alliance
February 10, 2009

The current debate regarding privacy considerations in health information technology (HIT) needs a significant reorientation.

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