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Diabetes Wellness Center 12/29/10

The Diabetes Wellness Center Web site, developed by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), is an online resource for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. The site provides tools and tips to help diabetes patients become active partners in their care management.

Resources include:

  • Advice from clinicians
  • Patient success stories
  • Healthy eating and exercise tips
  • Access to free blood monitors
  • Downloadable...
iTriage 12/27/10

This Web application provides consumers with efficient access to actionable health care information. It helps them understand the symptoms they are experiencing and guides them to an appropriate medical provider using GPS technology. The tool allows users to search for symptoms, diseases, procedures, and providers.

iTriage services include the following:

  • Information on more than 300 symptoms, 1,000 diseases, and 350 medical procedures
  • Nationwide directory of...
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Resources & Tools 12/20/10

This Web site provides numerous resources for those participating in the effort to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. It offers a selection of key resources to help inform activities to improve children’s and teens’ access to nutritious foods in school and at home, as well as initiatives to increase opportunities for physical activity in school and the surrounding community.

Resources include action guides, case studies, reports, and tools. They are available for the...

Incorporating Health Information Technology Into Workflow Redesign: Summary Report 12/06/10

This report provides information and tools to help small and medium-sized outpatient practices assess their workflows to successfully implement health information technology (health IT). These practices are likely to need the most help in analyzing their workflows, as they typically do not have access to IT support and quality improvement resources.

The report explains the importance of analyzing workflow when implementing and using health IT applications, and also:

  • ...
The Options Counselor 11/22/10

The Options Counselor is a self-guided program for consumers to plan for their quality of life, now and in the future. The information and tools assist individuals in making sound decisions about their care needs as they age. It also provides resources for those helping someone else with a health concern or a disability

Topics and resources include:

  • Caregiving
  • Civic engagement in your community
  • Emotional well-being
  • Financial planning
  • ...
Health Risk Assessments 11/22/10

These free assessments for consumers present information about various health conditions and the risks connected with them. Users will receive a Personal Health Report, which includes a summary of their results, information about their specific risk factors, and ways to improve their health.

The assessments cover the following health issues:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weight
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease
  • Breast cancer
  • Colon cancer...
Rapid HIV Testing 11/10/10

This page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes descriptions of the rapid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), how the tests can be implemented in different settings, and research on the effectiveness and possible uses of the tests.

This page includes the following:

  • Overview of rapid HIV testing
  • Rapid test comparison charts
  • Official CDC and FDA releases
  • ...
Aging Well in Communities: A Toolkit for Planning, Engagement & Action 10/13/10

Few communities are prepared to meet the needs of older residents or to engage these residents in civic life. The Aging Well in Communities Toolkit addresses this challenge by giving local governments the resources they need to successfully plan for aging well in their communities.

The toolkit:

  • Breaks down the aging well planning process into manageable steps and gives specific guidance for each step
  • Provides a structured process for gathering different types...
Eldercare Locator 10/13/10

The Eldercare Locator Web site provides users with information and tools to help older persons live independently and safely in their homes and communities for as long as possible. As a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it offers many useful resources for older adults, caregivers, and aging professionals, including:

  • A nationwide database designed to link those who need assistance with State and local agencies on aging and...
Step Up to Stop Falls Toolkit™ 10/06/10

This toolkit contains a variety of fall prevention resources for older adults and the caregivers and health care professionals who work with them. Content can be downloaded directly from the Web site, including manuals, guides, presentations, and videos. Examples of available resources include:

  • Video exercises to improve strength and balance
  • A home safety self-assessment checklist
  • Professional screening and competency guides
  • Prevention and risk...

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