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Minnesota e-Health Summit to explore how Minnesota providers can take advantage of health information technology


Wed, Jun 16th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Minnesota providers can learn how to make the most of incentives for e-health at the sixth annual Minnesota e-Health Summit on Thursday, June 17. Dr. David Blumenthal, a nationally recognized expert on health information technology, will describe his work building a nationwide interoperable, private and secure health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health information technology.

The summit, which takes place at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park, will focus on providing participants tools and resources to successfully implement electronic health records and health information technology, including examples of national and Minnesota e-health activities. The summit will address meeting the state mandate to achieve interoperable electronic health records by 2015.

In addition to Blumenthal's keynote address, Minnesota leaders will share the vision of e-health in the state and present some of the current programs designed to help efforts in Minnesota succeed. Breakout sessions will feature Minnesota speakers who will highlight their experience in areas such as effectively using electronic health record systems, protecting privacy and confidentiality, exchanging health information, meeting Minnesota's health reform goals and highlighting community collaborations.

"We are fortunate in Minnesota that so many people and organizations are willing to work together to implement electronic health records in a thoughtful, coordinated way," said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Sanne Magnan. "The collective energy and wisdom of so many is helping to ensure that we see real improvements in the quality and safety of care, and in the health of our families and communities."

This year's Minnesota e-Health Summit is aimed at anyone planning or implementing electronic health records and other health information technology, and anyone working on community or regional health information exchange in Minnesota. Past summits have attracted more than 400 participants.

The annual summit is a joint venture of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee, Stratis Health, Key Health Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Health. The Minnesota e-Health Initiative is a public-private collaborative whose vision is to accelerate the adoption and use of health information technology to improve health care quality, increase patient safety, reduce health care costs and improve public health.

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Three more E. coli cases linked to raw milk from farm

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials have identified three additional cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness in Minnesotans linked to consumption of raw milk or other dairy products from a dairy farm in Gibbon, Minnesota.

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Be a lifesaver this summer by donating blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood donations often decline during the summer due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion in the United States. This ..... 
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Life-threatening risk associated with cocaine contaminated with veterinary anti-parasitic drug

Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health officials at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Minnesota Poison Control System and Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) have identified three confirmed and two suspect cases of neutropenia associated with recent use of cocaine ..... 
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ECI Family Walk

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Fillmore County Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) would like to invite you to attend the Fillmore County ECI Family Walk on June 13th at Bass Pond Parking Lot in Lanesboro. The walk is open to all families. Each family participating must have a m ..... 
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RINTek brings cyclists to region

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology (RINTek) is hosting an exhilarating new bike tour, Saturday, June 12th, in Rushford. In this inaugural year, organizers expect to have an estimated 50-100 registered participants in the event, designed for bicycl ..... 
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Be a lifesaver this summer by donating blood through the American Red Cross

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Blood donations often decline during the summer due to donors being on vacation or busy with summer activities, while the need for blood remains constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient needs a blood transfusion in the United States. This ..... 
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HHS Awards More Than $2.4 Million in Recovery Act Funds in Minnesota to Expand the Use of Health Information Technology

Thu, Jun 3rd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a $2,452,568 Million grant to an organization in Minnesota to help networks of health centers adopt electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT) systems. The funds are p ..... 
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Health care spending in Minnesota rose to $35 billion in 2008

Wed, Jun 2nd, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health care spending in Minnesota rose from $33 billion in 2007 to $35 billion in 2008, according to a new report by the Health Economics Program at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The report projects that health care spending in the state ..... 
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