Issue # 6

September 2012 


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In This Issue
CCBC In The Spotlight
Website Established for GNOHIE Pilot
New Animated Video: "Health IT For You"
Txt4health Chosen for CDC Case Study
Upcoming Meetings/ Events of Note
(As of September 14, 2012)
September 20, 2012
HIT Subcommittee Meeting

 October 4, 2012

HIT Subcommittee Meeting


Rescheduling Note:
 Due to Hurricane Isaac the following are in the process of being rescheduled:


Clinical Seminar Series &

PCDC Learning Collaborative


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Team Approach

The Crescent City Beacon Community initiative represents an unprecedented level of cooperation across organizations, sectors and disciplines in Louisiana. In order to ensure success, partners contribute to every phase of the development

and implementation of CCBC interventions. For a full list of partners,

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 CCBC In The Spotlight 

  • Gaurav Nagrath, MBA, Chief Information Officer, Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Lead Strategist, Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE), was a panelist and presented at the 2012 Healthcare IT Connect Conference held in Virginia, June 19-21, 2012 where he spoke on HIEs, telehealth, remote patient monitoring and linking disparate sites of care to improve care coordination and quality of care.
  • CCBC, North Carolina and Hawaii Beacon Communities, along witPAM presh Sharp Healthcare participated in the CTA Consumer eHealth Affinity Group webinar, June 25, 2012. The webinar featured insights from the Beacon communities into the use of Patient Activation Measurement (PAM) tools for various aspects of the presenters' consumer eHealth projects. CCBC is using PAM for evaluation purposes, as part of patient assessment while participating in the program, and to measure program effectiveness in terms of behavior change and patient internalization of self-management of care. For a copy of the CCBC presentation click here.
  • Anjum Khurshid,CCBC Project Director and Nebeyou Abebe, CCBC Communications Lead and Txt4health Campaign Manager, were panelists at the 4th Annual mHealth World Congress, July 25-27, 2012 in Boston.  They shared lessons learned from their experience piloting the txt4health campaign in Greater New Orleans. They were joined by txt4health community advisory group members from BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana and Walmart, as well as representatives from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Voxiva, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • CCBC and txt4health will be exhibitors at the 2012 AARP Life@50+ National Event September 20-22, 2012 in New Orleans.
  • Nebeyou Abebe, CCBC Communications Lead and Txt4health Campaign Manager, will be presenting "Using Mobile Technology in Public Health Communication and Education Campaigns" at the 2012 APHA Annual Conference October 30, 2012 in San Francisco.  He will be joined by Craig Lefebvre, Phd, RTI International; Paul Meyer, JD, Voxiva; and Scott Turske, Communications Lead and Txt4Health Campaign Manager for the Southeast Michigan Beacon Community.
  • New Program Improving Health Technology - Gambit Weekly
  • Beacon Community Program's  Second Anniversary - Health IT Buzz
  • Health Information Exchange Continues New Orleans' Transformation- Louisiana Medical News
  • Crescent City Beacon Community Tackles Diabetes by Text - Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum



Website Established for GNOHIE 


To coincide with the pilot and subsequent full implementation of the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE), a website for the initiative, was launched June 22, 2012.GNOHIE home page 9.17.12

The site, will serve as a resource to clinics and patients as well as provide general information to partners, private organizations and the public and will:

  • House GNOHIE related polices and operational materials
  • Inform existing partners about the HIE and maintain a FAQ section
  • Provide a portal to the HIE helpdesk and related contact information
  • Numerate existing partners
  • Provide information to the public and potential partners


The Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE) is the community-shared health IT infrastructure that facilitates care coordination and chronic disease management by enhancing data sharing and process linkages across health systems with the goal of improving the quality of care at the population level. Full implementation began August 2012.

The GNOHIE connects health information systems of community health clinics and hospitals, respectively, to allow seamless exchange of health information in a HIPAA-compliant, secure manner to benefit patient care while maintaining privacy and confidentiality of personal health information.

The organizations participating in the pilot phase, are Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, NO/AIDS Task Force, Tulane Community Health Center, and the Interim LSU Hospital (ILH).

For more information about GNOHIE or the website contact us.




New Animated Video: "Health IT For You"

A new video for consumers from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) explains how widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology is giving our health system a 21st century upgrade.


Health IT for You: Giving You Access to Your Medical Records When and Where They're Needed (3 min) 


Txt4health Chosen for CDC Case Study

texthealth logoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has selected a subset of Beacon communities to participate in in-depth case studies. CDC selected CCBC to take part in a case study that will highlight our txt4health program. This provides CCBC the opportunity to share our experiences implementing a mobile health intervention with other Beacon Communities and the broader public health community. CDC believes the txt4health case study will help other communities in their efforts toward mobile health adoption for population and public health purposes.  Txt4health campaign staff along with several txt4health community advisory group members will be interviewed. For more information about txt4health contact us.


As one of 17 communities chosen to participate in the Beacon Community Grant Program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) was awarded $13 million over three years to strengthen local health information technology (HIT) infrastructure. Several major hospitals, public health agencies and community-based primary care providers are currently participating in this historic effort convened by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that serves as a partner and convener to improve population-level health outcomes. We are part of a growing movement of public health institutes across the country. Our mission is to promote and improve health and quality of life through diverse public-private partnerships with government, foundations, academia, community groups and private businesses at the community, parish and state levels. LPHI coordinates and manages public health programs and initiatives in the areas of health systems development and health promotion/disease prevention and provides an array of services to help meet the needs of local and national partner organizations.
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