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New Survey Research Report Looks at Home Caregivers & Potential of Digital Health Technologies

June 27, 2017

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech

BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MeHI) hosted an event to launch a new research report undertaken by the MassINC Polling Group focused on the attitudes of caregivers in Massachusetts toward digital health technologies, identifying challenges faced by these caregivers and ways that they could benefit practically and emotionally from future technologies. The report, “Caregivers and Digital Health: A Survey of Trends and Attitudes of Massachusetts Family Caregivers,” found that over 60 percent of those surveyed said being a caregiver disrupts their lives “a great deal” or a “fair amount,” with many feeling isolated due to the constant 24/7/365 stress of that lifestyle, and also found that digital health technologies could assist with certain challenges.

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The 2017 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards: Third-Place Winning Team—East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

January 23, 2017

Source: Healthcare Informatics

By: Rajiv Leventhal
East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) is "connecting the body and mind with a next-level health IT-based behavioral health integration program".

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Mass HIway Eases Point of Care Reporting for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

November 28, 2016

Source: Becker's Health IT & CIO Review

By: Kelly Luchini, Mark Belanger, and Jennifer Monahan
The Massachusetts statewide health information exchange (Mass HIway) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) are making it easier for healthcare providers to report required childhood lead data.

The agencies recently completed connecting all direct-reporting pediatric primary care practice locations in Massachusetts to the Mass HIway to provide real-time reporting of childhood lead data to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). The primary goal of the DPH's CLPPP is the prevention of lead exposure in children, which is associated with irreversible neurological and behavioral impacts.

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Massachusetts Extends Deadline for EHR Adoption

November 1, 2016

Source: New England Psychologist

By: Janine Weisman
Massachusetts behavioral health care providers have more time to fully adopt electronic health record systems (EHR) that connect to the state’s health information exchange via a network called the Mass HIway.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services recently announced that the date to connect to the statewide network for transmitting health care data among providers, hospitals and other entities and improve coordination of care would be a date later than Jan. 1, 2018.

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Use Cases Driving Uptick in Health Data Exchange with Direct

October 26, 2016

Source: Health IT Interoperability

By Kyle Murphy, PhD
The use of the Direct standard to enable health information exchange continues to rise.

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With Watson Health, IBM bets big on health care

August 30, 2016

Source: Boston Globe

By Priyanka Dayal McCluskey
IBM is making a big bet on health care, and it’s doing it here in the technology and life sciences hub of Massachusetts. Since IBM Watson Health was launched in 2015, the company has made four acquisitions worth about $4 billion and forged numerous partnerships with major hospitals, drug makers, and other companies.

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How a Boston blizzard kickstarted telehealth at Massachusetts General

August 3, 2016

Source: mobihealthnews

By: Jonah Comstock
Most Bostonians look back on the blizzard of late 2014 less than fondly. But there was a silver lining for Massachusetts General Hospital, which found in the snowstorm the perfect test case for its then-fledgling telehealth program.

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UMass, state taking telemedicine to next level

August 1, 2016

Source: Worcester Business Journal Online

By: Laura Finaldi
Telemedicine is opening doors to treating patients throughout Massachusetts.

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MeHI Awards $3 Million to Enhance Coordination Among Community Healthcare Providers & Improve Patient Care

June 14, 2016

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

‘Connected Communities’ Grants Aim to Address Critical Healthcare Issues Via Increased Use of Innovative Technologies

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Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative

January 7, 2016

Source: The Official Website of the Governor of Massachusetts

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.

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