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Healthcare Hot Topic Tuesday: August 30, 2011

Commentary: EHRs Can Track Preventive Care in Primary Care Settings (8/24/11)

“The use of electronic health records can help track preventive care efforts and boost quality in primary care settings, according to a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, CMIO reports. The commentary was written by Samantha De Leon and Sarah Shin of the New York City Primary Care Information Project.”

HHS Grants Include Funds for Immunization Registries (8/25/11)

“Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have received Department of Health and Human Services grants totaling $42 million to improve immunization programs.”

Flashback: Surgeon General shows how two hurricanes motivated the switch to EHRs (8/26/11)

“Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin learned a few things in her old job running the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama. First, the job didn’t just entail sewing up the shark bites – there were plenty of land sharks (regulators and red-tape dispensers) to fend off, too. Second, EHRs are an absolute must-have.”

Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis

“One in every 12 persons worldwide is living with viral hepatitis, including as many as 5.3 million Americans. Fortunately many cases of viral hepatitis are preventable and, for those living with viral hepatitis, effective treatments are available.”

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