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Committee Looks at E-Health Privacy Bill

The Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies held a hearing on Tuesday, June 9th which included S. 200, “An Act to Clarify and Enhance Privacy Protections for Electronic Health Records.” Check out our earlier post on this bill here. This bill has three main purposes: create routine privacy and security audits of electronic health record systems, establish enforcement mechanisms in case of violations of privacy, and compel security agents to report privacy violations. Read more »

Great New Consumer e-Website

Jerilyn Heinold and Diane Stone, frequent presenters at Health Care For All's Consumer Network for Healthcare e-Quality lunch series, have just launched their own website, complete with excellent consumer information and resources, including a link to their consumer education video (featuring HCFA's E-Health Consumer Advocate Lisa Fenichel), Balancing Risks and Benefits: the Sharing of Sensitive Information. As Directors of two multistate federal-state collaboratives -- Consumer Education and Engagement and Consent and Disclosure -- both Heinold and Stone have been deeply involved in the... Read more »

Mass Health Information Technology Council Meets Wednesday

The Health Information Technology Council meets Wednesday, May 27, from 9 - 10:30 a.m., at 1 Ashburton Place, 11th Floor, in the Matta Conference Room. This coming Wednesday's meeting promises to be very interesting and informative. Council members will be hearing presentations from John Halamka of MA-SHARE (Mass Simplifying Healthcare Among Regional Entities), Greg DeBor of the NEHEN (New England Healthcare Electronic Data Interchange Network), and Ray Campbell of the MHDC (Mass Health Data Consortium). We will also be reviewing a draft plan for the statewide implementation of... Read more »

Health Information Technology Council Meeting Wednesday

The Mass Health Information Technology Council will be meeting: Wednesday, May 6, 9 - 10:30 a.m., 1 Ashburton Place, Boston, 11th Floor Matta Conference Room Come and listen to a discussion of the themes that arose at the public stakeholder meetings held throughout April. The Council members will be considering how to use those ideas to inform our work -- the statewide implementation of interoperable electronic health records -- and start the process of figuring out a plan going forward. Also, check out the new website -- www.maehi.org -- which is still a work in progress but does include... Read more »

Premier Premiere - A Delicate Balance: Sharing Sensitive Health Information Electronically

At Wednesday's Consumer Network for Healthcare e-Quality Lunch (part of the HCFA e-health lunch series), Jerilyn Heinold and Diane Stone, HISPC (Health Information Security and Privacy Collaborative, a federal-state initiative) Directors, discussed the many varied consumer-centric HISPC projects (ppt) that they have been working on, including a guide to patient rights, a personal health record inventory, and a guide and a tutorial on sensitive health information. The video is also part of this initiative and inspired a lively discussion, underscoring the importance and value of consumer... Read more »

A HIT Parade: A Health Information Technology Triple-Header You Won't Want to Miss

Get out your calendars to note three important HIT meetings going on next week: Monday, April 27, from 10 - 12, at 1 Ashburton Place, 21st floor (click <a href="http://here for directions), is the next Mass HIT Council stakeholder meeting. The purpose of these stakeholder meetings is to hear from healthcare stakeholders about their ideas for leveraging the federal stimulus money to help with the statewide implementation of electronic health records, mandated by Chapter 305 -- the Massachusetts "cost containment" law -- to be completed by January 1, 2015. Monday's meeting will focus on... Read more »

Meetings of the Minds: Mass Health Information Technology Council Stakeholder Hearings

The Mass Health Information Technology Council kicked off its series of statewide stakeholder meetings Monday night at the Mass Medical Society. The purpose of these meetings is to elicit public opinion about how best to leverage the federal stimulus funding for health information technology in the state's quest for interoperable health records by January 1, 2015. This one, led by Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, included several Council members, E-Health Institute staff, and a good-sized audience, who were all there to hear the testimony of those who signed up to speak. Read more »

Mass Health Information Technology Council - Public Hearings, Public Meetings

First Public Hearing: Monday, April 13, Mass Medical Society, 6 – 8pm Read more »

Local Boys Make Good, Meaningful Use, and Other e-Tales

Washington, D.C., has much to thank Massachusetts for in the arena of HIT (health information technology). Not only have we spearheaded many e-health efforts that have put us ahead of the curve and will provide valuable lessons for the national initiative, but we have also recently given up (or, more accurately, loaned) two of our leading minds for the greater good of HIT. Mass General's Dr. David Blumenthal has just been chosen by the Obama administration to be the National Coordinator for HIT, and former DPH CommissionerDr. Howard Koh, now at of the Harvard School of Public Health, is... Read more »

Mass Health Information Technology Council Meeting Today

Please attend if you have an interest in how electronic health record systems will be implemented! When: TODAY, March 30, 3:30 - 5:00 Where: 1 Ashburton Place, 11th floor, Matta Conference Room Read more »


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