This online tool from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is designed to help small and medium-sized health care provider organizations conduct information security risk assessments required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule. Risk assessment helps an organization ensure it is complying with HIPAA’S administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. Assessment also helps reveal areas where an organization’s protected health...
This free mobile app provides consumers a simple way to keep track of their lifestyle changes. It helps users start a new healthy habit, such as being active, eating a balanced breakfast, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, or eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Users can select from a list of preloaded healthy habits or create their own unique healthy habit to incorporate into their daily routine. Daily reminders, tips, and checklists are available to help stay on...
Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children’s health needs in the context of family and community. The Bright Futures materials are designed to be useful to a wide range of audiences from health care professionals and those who provide health care for children, to parents and others in the community who participate in youth-oriented activities such as coaches, educators, and child care workers.
Materials include the...
This Web site for clinicians features treatment tools to support the rehabilitation and recovery of military veterans with mental health issues. Each mini-clinic focuses on a different topic and highlights key tools in areas such as assessment, training, and education. Topics covered include the following:
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Serious mental illness
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Substance use
- Suicide prevention
Smiles for Life is a comprehensive oral health curriculum for primary care clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, students, and educators. The set of courses, available online or for download, is designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through the development and dissemination of high-quality educational resources.
The modules include the following:
- The relationship of oral to...
This smartphone application (app), part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Healthier Life Steps ™ initiative, encourages adult patients to work with their physicians to maintain a healthy weight, eat better, and increase physical activity. The app also calculates a user’s body mass index (BMI) score and provides a mechanism to view progress reports and e-mail them to their physician.
Key features allow users to:
- Establish a weight goal
- Establish daily...
This free, mobile health program delivers personalized text messages to help individuals understand their risk for type 2 diabetes and become more informed about the steps they can take to lead healthy lives. Individuals who sign up for txt4health will receive text messages each week with timely, relevant information to help them improve and manage their health.
Types of messages include the following:
- Risk profile
- Connection to local resources
DiabetesIQ is a mobile application for patients and nonpatients to learn about diabetes and ways to manage it. Through quizzes and games, users can compete with others in their knowledge level of diabetes. Users can track glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, and exercise and share the information with health care professionals or caregivers.
Registration and download of the application is free.
The REALtalkDC campaign is geared towards young people in the District of Columbia (DC). The campaign reaches youth by providing sexual health information online and through a text messaging service that allows users to text “REALtalk” to 61827 to get information on where to get tested in DC. The REALtalkDC Web site also includes an interactive quiz for consumers and various resources for health care providers.
Resources cover the following topics:
The Hookup is a statewide text messaging service in California that aims to provide youth with relevant and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and a convenient, confidential resource for accessing local clinics that offer free or low-cost sexual and reproductive health services.
Messages were developed by health educators based on issues identified in youth focus groups in high schools and teen clinics.
- Sexually transmitted...