March 28, 2017

Health IT and the Underserved

ACU believes that health information technology (health IT) is a vital tool in achieving the health care reform goals of increasing access, improving care delivery, engaging in culturally competent outreach and education, and enhancing workforce development and training.
An electronic health record that includes documentation of demographics, including race and ethnicity, risk factor assessments, and evidence-based preventive and chronic disease management decision support, enables clinicians to more effectively manage the complex health care needs of vulnerable populations. Health IT can assist in promoting patient self-management and self-empowerment through available cultural and linguistically appropriate patient information, improved communication with clinical staff, and support outreach efforts which lead to improved health outcomes and reduction in health disparities.
View the ACU Health IT Resource List here.

Apply for a HIMSS Davies Award

Is your organization making strides in using health information technology (IT)  to improve patient care and outcomes? Consider apply for either the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award (formerly Organization) or the HIMSS Ambulatory Davies Award. Both the awards and the application process have evolved. The application process is now based on submission of written case studies and applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Get details and information on how to apply, why apply … [Read more...]

Podcast on Asthma and Health Information Technology

Anna Gard, Health IT and Quality Consultant, Association for Clinicians for the Underserved Introduces the Role of Health IT in Managing Asthma There is constant development of patient-centric tools to support asthma self-management and promote engagement with clinicians, patients and families to assist in identifying, reporting their asthma triggers, monitoring their asthma status, supporting self-care and management strategies. Some of these tools and technologies really help (A) engage … [Read more...]

2013 Health IT and the Underserved Conference

ACU hosted its first-ever conference on Health Information Technology (HIT) in March 2013. We are especially grateful to all the participants, presenters, sponsors and exhibitors for making it a success. Search Twitter for #acuHIT to learn what others were saying during the conference. Follow ACU on Twitter and Facebook to learn how you can harness the potential of HIT to enhance care for the underserved. Click the image at left to view the conference prospectus. Quick Links Award … [Read more...]

Health IT Resources

Resources Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a listserv that provides timely, authoritative information about the EHR incentive programs, including attestations,  incentive payments, and Meaningful use criteria and updates. Health IT Blogs Health IT Buzz is a blog about health information technology (health IT). The best part of the blog is that it presents a vast and varied field of respondents … [Read more...]

ACU’s Commitment to Health Information Technology (Health IT)

ACU believes that health information technology (health IT) is a vital tool in achieving the health care reform goals of increasing access, improving care delivery, engaging in culturally competent outreach and education, and enhancing workforce development and training. An electronic health record that includes documentation of demographics, including race and ethnicity, risk factor assessments, and evidence-based preventive and chronic disease management decision support, enables clinicians … [Read more...]

ACU Announces Health IT Award Winners

ACU’s first ever Health IT for the Underserved Awards showcased talent, innovation and perseverance on behalf of underserved communities. The awards were presented at the Health IT and the Underserved Conference held in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 7 - 8, 2013. Casey Davis was recognized with the User from the Field Award for developing a health education website with materials in American Sign Language for the deaf and hard of hearing community, www.DeafMD.org. Mary Zalasny, CEO of Finger … [Read more...]

Feedback on ACU Health IT Conference

Participants were enthusiastic about ACU’s conference on Health IT and the Underserved: Transform the Way You Think about Change, held in Poughkeepsie, NY, March 7 -8, and many left inspired with new ideas. Here's what some of them had to say: Eric Brosius, Vice President of Technology Service, Hudson River Healthcare: “I have been very impressed with the breakout sessions … the privacy and security session yesterday was very interesting. It was extremely informative, and a lot of other … [Read more...]

Health Information Exchange Resources from the National Rural Health Resource Center

Health information exchanges (HIE) allow the electronic sharing of health-related information among organizations.  Exchanging information electronically is the basis for many efforts to improve health care quality and safety. The National Rural Health Resource Center, an exhibitor at ACU's Health IT and the Underserved Conference, has a set of practical health information exchange (HIE) resources.  See HIE Toolkit. Here’s a list of individual tools and corresponding links: Forming or … [Read more...]

Using Big Data to Solve Autism and Other Mysteries

By Eugene Steuerle Summary: Many associate electronic health records (EHRs) with better transmission of information from one hospital, doctor, or other health care provider to the next. But for many of us, the real promise of EHRs is the potential for faster, more thorough, and more comprehensive public health research on the causes and possible cures for disease, malignancies, and chronic health conditions, outbreaks of new health problems, and local or regional stories of failure or success. … [Read more...]

Sponsor Opportunities: Health IT and the Underserved

The ACU HIT and the Underserved conference (Twitter #acuHIT) brings together leaders in government, the private sector, federally qualified healthcare centers, nonprofit organizations, and academia to harness the power of health IT for the underserved. Meaningful use requirements and incentives have created enormous interest and prompted huge investments in health IT systems. Sponsorship of the ACU HIT conference offers an excellent opportunity to make a positive and lasting impression on key … [Read more...]