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HIMSS17: Focusing on LaEDIE, Patient Engagement

Cindy Munn Kay LogarboLaEDIE and patient engagement campaign were among key topics featured at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in Orlando. As noted above, Cindy Munn and Dr. Ann Kay Logarbo presented The Path Forward – A State Program That Guides At-Risk Patients to Care at a pre-conference symposium. They also discussed reduction of non-emergent ED utilization in Louisiana at a seminar entitled, Emergency Room to Living Room: Guiding Patients to Care on Feb. 20. Quality Forum marketing consultants Jamie Martin and Nadine Robin co-presented The Patient Perspective on Patient Engagement: One Year Later on Feb. 21. The session recapped the organization’s direct-to-consumer, health IT-focused patient engagement campaign by highlighting campaign results, patient feedback and key strategies.  http://irinakirilenko.com/?deribaska=broker-test-bin%C3%A4re-optionen&115=49 NOTE: For more coverage, please visit Healthcare Informatics and Healthcare IT News.

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Telehealth Access Task Force Re-Appoints DuFour as Chair

Lonnie Dufour 032414Lonnie DuFour, Director of Telehealth for the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, has been re-appointed chair of Louisiana’s Telehealth Access Task Force (TATF), effective Jan. 1, 2017. DuFour, who also serves as the State Project Coordinator of the Texas/Louisiana Telehealth Resource Center, champions telehealth services in Louisiana and frequently addresses state and regional audiences about its potential impact, effects and value. The TATF was created through Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution No. 88 as an advisory body to the legislature and the Louisiana Department of Health on policies and practices that expand telehealth access. The group is required to report its findings on a bi-annual basis to the governor and the legislature. The Report on Telehealth Access in Louisiana/Dec. 31, 2016 is now available online. For more information about telehealth services in Louisiana and TATF, please contact Dufour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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LaPOST News

lapost logoDid you know that Spanish, French and Vietnamese translations of the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) document are available online? The LaPOST website houses many consumer-friendly tools and resources to help you develop and record advance care plans. It is important to note that the official document must be completed in the English version so that first responders can readily understand the patient’s wishes. Along with the revised LaPOST document, you will also find the advance directive (“living will”) and the health care power of attorney forms on this page.

The LaPOST website also features a new Products page. You can order padded LaPOST documents (100/pad) at no charge and pay only the shipping/handling charges. In addition, the Products page features the Conversations Change Lives training DVD for health care professionals. Host Susan Nelson, MD, guides viewers through four lessons about advance care planning – from introducing the topic and having the conversation with patients to explaining and completing the LaPOST document. The DVD is free, and you only pay for shipping/handling. To order LaPOST documents or the DVD training series, please complete the registration form. If you have any questions, contact Monique Tyler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 225-334-9299.

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Free Online Informatics Training for Health Care Professionals

Register NowHave you thought about advancing your career with new skills, upgrading your health informatics knowledge or improving the quality of health care in your community? If so, the Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT) Program offers a unique opportunity for health care professionals to promote care transformation with free, online training. The Quality Forum, in collaboration with the University of Texas (UT) Health Sciences Center at Houston and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, offers courses geared to four disciplines of work: providers, clinical support, business officers and information technology (IT)/support. The courses are self-guided and self-paced, and continuing education credit is also available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses. For program details and registration information, click here, and if you have questions, please contact Michelle Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline to register for the next course is March 17, 2017.

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IT DashboardHealth IT Data Summaries Web-App Now Available

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has announced that the Health IT Data Summaries Web-App is live with updates to electronic health record (EHR) adoption, interoperability and patient engagement statistics. The web-app provides direct access to state level estimates for a variety of different metrics that measure the percent of physicians who have certified EHRs; who can send, receive, find and use patient health information; and who provide their patients the ability to view, download and transmit their personal health information. The web-app is also mobile-responsive, so it can be easily viewed across a wide range of devices (e.g., phone, tablet, etc.).

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Grant Supports Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension

Prevention2“Connecting Louisiana Communities to a Healthy Future” is the mission of the Louisiana Department of Health/Office of Public Health’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (BCDPHP) Unit. The work is funded through federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to Chronic Disease Prevention, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation and Oral Health. Under the Chronic Disease grant, the focus is on hypertension and diabetes prevention in the adult population. To this end, the BCDPHP is recruiting 10 health centers as participants. The Quality Forum is working with BCDPHP to provide team-based care coaching and on-site technical assistance to these sites with regard to workflow redesign, policies/procedures and EHR functionality/reporting to support the diagnosis and management of patients with these conditions. If your health center is interested in partnering with BCDPHP and the Quality Forum, please email Marie Darr (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with contact information, location and questions.

The BCDPHP also provides diabetes educators in Louisiana with many educational resources and training opportunities. For details, contact CDC Public Health Advisor Jamila Freightman -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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