Health Information Technology

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Resources for State and Local Advocates

Take a look at these key resources we've put together for state and local advocates like you:

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revisedHITthumbtack.jpgConsumer Platform for Health IT
revisedHITthumbtack.jpgWhat Do Consumers Stand to Gain (or Lose) from Health IT?
revisedHITthumbtack.jpgHealth IT Glossary and Acronym List
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revisedHITthumbtack.jpgPrivacy and Security of Health Information
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Health IT Blog

Meaningful Use March Madness: SO/GI or Bust!
BACKGROUND: ONC released a Request for Comment (RFC) in December outlining its current thinking for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. One recommendation includes requiring that certified EHRs have the functionality to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data. The CLAIM: The collection of SO/GI information has little or no clinical relevance, makes both providers and patients uncomfortable, and is not yet sufficiently standardized. REALITY: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations experience significant health disparities; Meaningful Use offers an unprecedented opportunity to better understand and begin to address these disparities by making sure EHR systems are able to collect vital SO/GI data.

Meaningful Use March Madness: Keep Up the Pace
BACKGROUND: Recently at the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing on health IT, members debated the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Christine Bechtel's testimony highlighted the astounding progress that has been made in two short years, and encouraged Congress to keep up the pace on EHR adoption. THE CLAIM: Meaningful use is too difficult. REALITY: There are already hundreds of thousands of providers who have succeeded at meaningful use. [Click headline to read more.]

Meaningful Use March Madness
BACKGROUND: Stage 2 of meaningful use currently holds 5 percent of providers accountable for patients accessing their health information online. THE CLAIM: Medicare patients are unlikely to take advantage of the ability to view, download, or transmit their health information. REALITY: For the first time, half of seniors (53%) ages 65 and older are using the internet or email. [Click headline to read more.]

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