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Podcast: “People Want to Get Older and Stay and Continue to Live in the Community That’s Home for Them."

November 28, 2017

Source: Continuum

By: Mike Dunkley, Ken Gordon

The Resonance Test 17 Podcast with Secretary Alice Bonner and Laurance Stuntz on innovations around aging and digital health.

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HUBWeek Panel Presents the Women Behind Digital Health

October 25, 2017

Source: MedTech Boston

As part of the HUB week series, the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative hosted an Oct. 13 panel entitled “The Women Behind Digital Health.” The panel was moderated by Maeghan Welford, who is the Chief of Staff at Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and a Senior Advisor at the Mass Digital Health Initiative.

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MassTech grants EHR vendors thousands to improve child behavioral health data reporting

August 23, 2017

Source: Healthcare IT News

By: Bill Siwicki

Netsmart Technologies, eHana, PsyTech Solutions and Qualifacts Systems get nearly $200,000 to build pathways for Massachusetts behavioral health providers to electronically submit reportable data.

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MeHI Grants Aim to Improve Electronic Reporting of Child Behavioral Health Data

August 22, 2017

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

BOSTON – The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech has awarded nearly $200,000 to four qualified electronic health record (EHR) vendors to build efficient pathways for Massachusetts behavioral health providers to electronically submit reportable data to the Commonwealth’s Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI). The grants, the result of an open procurement process under MeHI’s CBHI CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) Interface Development Grant program, incentivize the four vendors to build new electronic interfaces and connect 12 Massachusetts behavioral health providers, allowing the providers to efficiently submit CBHI reports, replacing a manual process for the roughly 40,000 reports they submit to the Commonwealth annually.   

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Technology Can Lend a Hand to Family Caregivers

July 30, 2017

Source: Telegram & Gazette

By: Susan Spencer

John Dowd of Worcester moved back home a few years ago to care for his father, who had Alzheimer’s disease, while managing his own job in field service, a position that required him to travel. He relied on a panoply of technology to make it work: internet-connected security cameras, shoes with GPS tracking insoles, door alarms, medication dispensers with alerts, Google Calendar and lots of texting among his eight siblings for the “constant rotation” of people bringing in dinners.

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3 Areas Where Digital Technology Could Ease the Burden for Family Caregivers

June 28, 2017

Source: FierceHealthcare

By: Evan Sweeney

Opportunities exist for digital tools to ease the isolation and stress that family caregivers often experience while caring for a loved one, many of whom are open to solutions that provide easy access to information.

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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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