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Hot Topic in Healthcare - 21st Century Cures Act: Improving Care Delivery through Expanded Access to Health Data

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There is a well-acknowledged bias against and underrepresentation of women in health and biomedical research. To address this, there have been many calls for greater consideration of sex and gender in research, a movement that has gained traction over the last 10+ years in an effort to address health inequities. This research has contributed to an emerging evidence base that demonstrates the impact of sex and gender on the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of many diseases, including major chronic diseases, as well as health behaviors.

The 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule supports seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health data. The rule is designed to accelerate innovation and provide patients, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders with secure access to health information. In this session, Katie will discuss the provisions and standards of the Cures Act that support a future where health information is delivered digitally to the right person, at the right time- ultimately improving the way in which care is delivered and received.

 Presented by Katie Devlin, MS, CPHIMS

Katie Devlin is a Third Year DHSc Scholar and Digital Health Leader. Katie has worked locally in the Pioneer Valley and at a national level driving interoperability and access to clinical data. Her Research Project is titled "Leveraging Health Information Exchange Data to Evaluate Fetal Outcomes for High-Risk Patients.