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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 part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to expand health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals through its health center program..

"We need health information technology to bring our health care system into the 21st century," said Sebelius. "This essential technology improves the quality of care we all receive and helps make care more efficient."

This grant, awarded to Northern Minnesota Network in Isanti, Minnesota, will support new and enhanced EHR implementation project as well as HIT innovation projects. Funds will allow the grantee to use EHR technology to improve health care quality, efficiency, and patient safety. Eligible professionals practicing within health centers who are able to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology may be eligible for incentive payments provided under Medicaid and Medicare.

"These funds will help safety net providers acquire state-of-the-art health information technology systems as they work to provide quality health care to millions of people in need," said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.

Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCNs) improve the operational effectiveness and clinical quality in health centers by providing management, financial, technology and clinical support services. The networks, comprised of at least three collaborating organizations, are community-based groups that support HRSA-funded health centers that provide primary health care to nearly 19 million patients - a number expected to double over the next five years as health reform is implemented.

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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Co-ed softball in Preston

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Sally Gibson has gathered enough interest to form four co-ed softball teams playing at the Preston softball fields every Sunday starting at 6:00 p.m.

The league will begin regular double-headers on Sunday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. For more inform ..... 
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E. coli illnesses traced to raw milk from Gibbon dairy farm

Wed, May 26th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

State health officials have linked three cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness with raw milk from a dairy farm in Gibbon, Minn. The Minnesota Department of Health urges anyone who may have recently purchased milk from the Hartmann Dairy Farm, also known a ..... 
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IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO RIDE IN THE NANOTEK TREK BIKE EVENT!

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Bicyclists from Wisconsin and Minnesotwill set out to tackle the hills and valleys of Rushford, MN

Rushford, MN: JUNE 12, 2010 - www.rintek.org - that's where you'll find all the information you need to get on the Nanotek Trek in beautiful Rus ..... 
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Health Department releases annual report of drinking water in Minnesota

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Results of regular monitoring reveal little evidence of contamination problems in Minnesota's 964 community water supply systems, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

Minnesota's public water supply systems are tested on a r ..... 
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Red Cross Survey Finds More than Two-thirds of Americans Experience a Summer Emergency

Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rochester, MN, May 25, 2010 - A new Red Cross survey shows that 68 percent of Americans have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites, heat stroke and broken bones to more life-threatening situations. One in every fou ..... 
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It's not your mother's nursing home

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

Introductory note from Mr. Samuelson: If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a community to care for our seniors. This is the first of three articles that talks about how the Harmony and surrounding communities have built, adapted, and con ..... 
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'Fight the Bite' Repellent Awareness Event spotlights simple steps to help prevent diseases from tick, mosquito bites

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in Health & Wellness

What: As Memorial Day approaches and more Minnesotans head outdoors, this event will highlight the importance of simple steps to help prevent tick and mosquito diseases.

Information on risks, how to recognize symptoms, how people can protect t ..... 
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