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Health Information Exchange in YOUR State

One of the components of the HITECH Act is funding for the State Health Information Exchanges (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program. A total of 56 states, territories, and “qualified State Designated Entities” have received awards.  ... read more



Nutrition Informatics--It takes a Village

Today, the Nutrition Informatics Committee kicked off the ambitious set of objectives or “deliverables” (if you have ever worked for the government) for how we integrate nutrition informatics into our culture of nutrition.  As with any change, it is not easy--but will require the collaborative efforts of many.  Within ADA’s framework, there are “SIX” Areas of Practice.  Most dietitians do not conc... read more



The Dignity of Health Care

There is no lack of discussion, opinion, statistics, or collaboration in health care today.  The drive for adoption of health information technology (HIT) and in particular, electronic health records (EHR) has brought together almost every profession in an attempt to improve health care. Last night, I had a rather interesting discussion with a scientist at the Health 2.0 Health Informatics Pulse (... read more



Nutrition in the EHR—A Vision for Consistency

Given the broad scope of the HITECH Act, there is one recurring theme which likely will provide a powerful catalyst to move health care to one of better consistency—that of standards harmonization. The Standards and Certification Interim Final Rule represents the “first step in an incremental approach to adopting standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria to enhance the i... read more



EHR Adoption--What Progress Have We Made?

Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been around for several decades, yet most of the focus on nationwide adoption has occurred since President Bush’s Executive Order in 2004 which directed that all Americans should have access to an EHR by the year 2014. Given the complexity of EHRs, the multitude of different settings, uses and infrastructure—it is not surprising that measuring adoption rates is... read more



EHR Incentive Program--What does this have to do with Dietitians?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched their website for the HITECH Electronic Health Records Incentive Program. As a dietitian (who is not considered an “eligible provider” for this incentive program), you may ask: what does that have to do with nutrition? At first gloss, this is an understandable response. Upon closer examination, consider the following: ... read more



"Dietitian Informaticist" in the News!

More and more frequently, a great article will surface showing how dietitians work together with other professionals to demonstrate our shared passion: improving health and health care.  Here is a great story about how collaboration between dietitians, a chef and yes—a dietitian informaticist (Lee Unangst at the National Institutes of Health)  contribute to best results for the First Lady’s Let’s ... read more



Behavioral Change: Beyond Information



Continue Your Education ~ Informatics Grants!

One of the components of the HITECH Act is the provision of $84 million in funding for the Health IT Workforce Development Program.  The Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) estimates that at least 51,000 individuals trained in the adoption and use of electronic health records (EHR) will be needed over the next five years.... read more



Does Health IT Replace Human Workers?

There are some things humans do best; there are some things that computers do best.  It is important to make sure you optimize both.  HIMSS Virtual Conference ... read more



Clinical Decision Support (CDS): Is there a need for Nutrition?

A concept in informatics which has received a good bit of attention recently is that of “clinical decision support.”... read more



Health 2.0 –Imagination, Ideas and Innovation

Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping out in the first “Health 2.0 Comes to Washington” Conference. If you are not familiar with Health 2.0, it is an exciting place to be for those interested in managing health. The best description of the Conference comes directly from the site:   “The Health 2.0 Conference is the leading showcase of cutting-edge technologies ... read more



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Member Comment Requested: EHR/PHR Nutrition Best Practices Implementation Guide

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An Informatics Solution to Productivity Tracking

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An Informatics Solution to Productivity Tracking

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Who needs standards? In Health Care?

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