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Health Information Exchange (HIE) and Interoperability Resources Issue

HRSA Webinar: Using an EHR for HIE and Interoperability

Friday, April 26 at 2pm ET

This webinar focuses on how safety net providers can exchange health information and achieve interoperability using electronic health records (EHRs).  As a core requirement of stage 2 of Meaningful Use, the electronic exchange of EHR data can reduce costs and duplication of services, increase patient engagement and patient safety, and improve healthcare quality.

Presenters for this webinar will focus on the following topics:

  • How safety-net providers can meet the HIE objectives of Meaningful Use
  • How safety-net providers can access and utilize HIE networks
  • How safety-net providers can achieve HIE and interoperability

Register now at:

Interoperability Basics Training Course

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the first of five Interoperability Training Modules for Meaningful Use Stage 2. The training is available at:

HIE Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions discusses the intersection of HIE, behavioral health, and primary care. The site also links to HIE resources for rural health. You can find these resources at:

HRSA Health IT and Quality Updates

New HRSA Grantee Spotlights

The latest spotlight on the HRSA Health IT website features the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) and its AIDS/HIV Medical Home Model of Care. The spotlight also discusses the role of ARCW’s population health management tool.

The new quality spotlight highlights the collaborative quality improvement activities underway at the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance under a cooperative agreement with the HRSA Healthcare Systems Bureau.

Health IT and Quality Resources

Recordings of recent webinars available at:

News across HRSA and HHS

Meaningful Use Update

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) post interactive Stage 2 Toolkit

This toolkit for Eligible Professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) includes materials on Stage 2 and the 2014 clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements.

Access additional EHR Incentive Program educational resources from CMS

mHealth Update

TXT4Tots message library now available in English and Spanish

Developed under a cooperative agreement between HRSA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), TXT4Tots is a library of short, evidence-based messages focused on nutrition and physical activity targeted to parents and caregivers of children, ages 1-5 years. The library is designed as a resource for a wide variety of existing public and private programs that serve parents, caregivers, and child advocates including health providers.

ICD-10 Update

CMS provides two free ICD-10 video lectures and an expert article to assist physicians and health care providers in transitioning to ICD-10. Continuing medical education (CME) credits are available for physicians who complete the module, and anyone who completes the module will receive a certificate of completion.

Other HHS Information and Resources

CMS recently launched its dedicated CMS eHealth website and listserv exit disclaimer, providing information for providers and others on implementation, guidance, milestones, and critical steps for ICD-10, EHRs, and meaningful use, operating standards, electronic quality measurement, and payment models.

CMS will hold its Fifth Annual Multi-State Medicaid HITECH Conference on May 21-23, 2013.

The meeting will be held at the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD and focus on the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, Health Information Technology, Health Information Exchange, and other related topics. Attendance is free.

ONC posted Health IT resources for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other small rural hospitals:

ONC data brief release: Supporting Health Information Technology Adoption in Federally Qualified Health Centers.

AHRQ launched Health IT YouTube channel, AHRQ HealthIT exit disclaimer, highlighting successful health IT projects that focus on enhancing quality measurement, preventive care, and medication management.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a webcast series “In the Know: Social Media for Public Health.” exit disclaimer

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