Biden Announces $1.2 Billion for EHRs

“Expanding the use of electronic health records is fundamental to reforming our healthcare system,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, unveiling the grants with Biden in Chicago.

“Electronic health records can help reduce medical errors, make healthcare more efficient and improve the quality of medical care for all Americans.”

The grants will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and be made available in 2010, the statement said.

Source: Reuters

Guest Post: Guidelines for use of Web 2.0 in depression

Hi All

My name is Susanne Doddrell and I am the Quality Coordinator for Lifeline Aotearoa.

We have a fantastic website at www.thelowdown.co.nz which provides info and support for young people in relation to Depression. We also operate a message board open to postings. In this forum we aim to foster and encourage an environment of hopefulness around depression, with information, questions, stories and support from service users and their peers.

What I am interested in is any research on best/good practice guidelines with reference to message board moderation in the area of mental health. Is this something that you can help with, or know of anything/anyone that I may be able to access to obtain this information. Our service is currently developing guidelines, and I am finding it difficult to locate literature specifically related to this.

If this is something that you are able to help with, or even direct me in the appropriate direction, it would be much appreciated.

Kind regards

Susanne Doddrell

Quality Coordinator

The Lowdown

Lifeline Aotearoa

Ph: (09) 909 9215 | Fax: (09) 909 9219 | Mobile: 027 498 7601

Email: Susanned@lifeline.org.nz

m-health NZ conference: Deadline reminders

A reminder that the Early Bird Registration expires on 31st August

The Abstract Submission deadline has been extended to Friday 4th September, 5.00 pm

The Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) and the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) will be hosting a one-day conference on the use of mobile technology to improve health. The conference will be held at the School of Population Health, Tamaki University Campus on November 6th 2009. Organisers, Dr Robyn Whittaker and Dr Chris Paton, are hoping the conference will bring together those working in research, health services and industry, to potentially stimulate new collaborations. Many ground-breaking services and products are being developed here in NZ but there are few opportunities for those working in this area to share their experiences and knowledge.

Visit the website at www.m-healthconference.org.nz for more details and instructions on submitting abstracts or sponsoring the conference.

Facebook Flu Tracker at Medicine 2.0

Chen Lou will be presenting about our Facebook Flu tracking project at the Medicine 2.0 conference in Toronoto next month.

If you haven’t signed up yet, visit http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=109377110444 to get started.

We Love the NHS Takes Over Twitter

A Social Media campaign for the NHS is taking Twitter by storm. Hundreds Thousands of users are posting their stories about how the NHS has helped them, tagging their posts ‘#welovetheNHS’.

As I write, #welovetheNHS is the top trending topic on Twitter.

Follow the tweets here: http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23welovethenhs

Update: you can now add a We Love The NHS ribbon to your twitter avatar:

http://twibbon.com/join/welovetheNHS

Update 2: Guardian story on the welovetheNHS twitter storm: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/aug/13/gordon-brown-nhs-twitter-campaign