Connecticut spent $20 million on health data network, then didn’t use it

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A report shows that a planned health information network system collapsed in Connecticut without being used, although a lot of money was spent to develop it. A case on dietary advice from a Florida health coach, Medicaid expansion, and more is also the subject of state health news.

C-HIT.org: State officials nixed Health Information Network computer software, they spent $20 million on development

When Connecticut needed a computer system for its future health information network, it came up with a new solution. (Hoffman, 8/14)

In health news from Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Missouri –

Health News Florida: The US Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case involving a Florida health coach giving dietary advice

A woman who operated a health and nutrition coaching business on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a First Amendment challenge to a Florida law that barred her from providing dietary advice to clients. (Saunders, 8/13)

Politico: The medical crisis that finally convinced North Carolina Republicans to expand Medicaid

The early days of Courtney Smith’s pregnancy were dark. She bled for six weeks, a common but frightening experience in the first trimester of pregnancy. Doctors in Louisiana, where Smith was living at the time, made matters worse by suggesting she might have a miscarriage. After diagnosing him with hypertension, diabetes and depression, the doctors “threw pills at me,” Smith says. Medicaid paid for his care, but the care was poor: his dose of Prozac was too high, his blood pressure medication was too low, and they gave him medication to control his diabetes without giving him a way to monitor his blood sugar. Meanwhile, her boyfriend has made it clear he’s not interested in being a father. By the time she was eight weeks pregnant, she was ready to drive into the bayou and end her life. (Reb, 08/14)

Dispatch from Columbus: Mike DeWine has made mental health in Ohio his top priority. What has been done?

Prior to COVID-19, one of DeWine’s greatest strengths was the creation of “wellness dollars” – used by school districts to help provide comprehensive student services. Those amounts were increased last year, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Lori Criss said she supported more than 1,300 services focused solely on mental health. (Wu, 8/14)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Nashville family travels to St. Louis to meet recipient of loved one’s gift of heart

Not all organ recipients want to write to donor families. Gratitude for a life-saving gift can be difficult to convey to strangers – strangers whose immeasurable loss is the source of your survival. But Darren Garmer said he felt a nudge, from the pit of his stomach, to reach out to Cheston Miller’s family. (Munz, 8/14)

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