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Nearly $1.2 Billion in Grants Available to Help Doctors and Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records

The Recovery Act HITECH Grants will fund approximately 70 Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers to provide technical assistance and support. Funds will also provide state-level grants to share information across a nationwide system of networks.

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August 20, 2009
Duncan, Sebelius unveil new CDC H1N1 Guidance for Colleges, Universities, and Institutions of Higher Education

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan joined with Dr. Beth Bell, Deputy Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to announce new guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to plan for and respond to the upcoming flu season.  More...

August 19, 2009
HHS Issues Rule Requiring Individuals Be Notified of Breaches of Their Health Information

New regulations requiring health care providers, health plans, and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to notify individuals when their health information is breached were issued today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  More...

August 19, 2009
Federal Guidelines Encourage Employers to Plan Now for Upcoming Influenza Season

Recommendations Range from Encouraging Hand Washing to Allowing Some Employees to Stay Home  More...

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Of Interest: Safety in the Sun

mother and sun with sunscreen lotion As summer begins to turn up the heat, you should start taking extra care to protect yourself from the sun. UV, or ultraviolet, rays have the ability to damage your skin cells and cause a variety of problems, including skin spots and skin cancer. In order to help protect yourself against UV rays, avoid being in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, especially during peak hours of daylight (10:00am and 4:00pm). Also use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15; be sure to reapply after swimming, toweling off, or being in the sun for more than an hour and a half. Learn more about sun safety.

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