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.
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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.
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.
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.