Luis Belen

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How the NHIT Care Campaign is aiding Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Erin Dietsche | MwdCity News | October 20, 2017

On September 20, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. The storm brought down the island’s electrical grid, leaving individuals without power, running water and medical care. That’s why the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved launched the NHIT Care Campaign, an initiative aimed at helping Puerto Rico’s Federally Qualified Health Centers.

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Open Source NHIT/EHR Team to the Rescue in Puerto Rico

Darius Tahir and Arthur Allen | Politico | October 16, 2017

This week, a collaboration of private sector companies, the government, and not-for-profits hopes to deliver an EHR system to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria, project leader Luis Belen told Morning eHealth's Darius Tahir. Belen, CEO of the non-profit, D.C-based National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved, has been personally touched by the disaster: two of his aunts died because of the storm. The organization is coordinating with teams from HHS to bring a package of satellite phones, pre-loaded laptops, Amazon cloud storage, and an open-source software, OpenEMR+.

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TracFone Wireless Lends Support to "Precision Medicine Challenge" to Benefit Underserved in U.S.

Press Release | Tracfone | November 10, 2015

TracFone Wireless Inc. (TracFone) is partnering with the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) to support the "Advancing Health Equity through Precision Medicine Tools" Challenge (www.PMIChallenge.org). TracFone and the other partners in the Challenge are being recognized here this week for their support during the HIMSS Connected Health Conference. The Challenge is an undertaking of the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) to:

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Why We Need Trauma Trained Educators for National and Regional Disaster Response Teams

Lately, I have been dealing on a number of fronts with natural disasters, and how to help schools and their educators can best deal with their aftermath. At the same time, I have been listening to and learning about disaster team efforts across our nation (from across state and federal government), teams that are dealing with the treacherous aftermath of person-made calamities (floods, fires, shootings, hurricanes, tornados, bombs and car/truck intentional crashes). When Veteran hospitals and facilities are at risk, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers their added expertise too.

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