ONC defends right to create Health IT Safety Center | Study identifies 3 keys for building successful ACOs | VC investors pumped $1.8B into HIT sector in Q2, report says
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July 22, 2014
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ONC defends right to create Health IT Safety Center
The ONC has responded to a letter sent by the House Energy and Commerce Committee that questioned the agency's authority to form the Health IT Safety Center and perform tasks related to the regulation of health IT. The ONC said it did not propose that the center act to regulate health IT and added that the HITECH Act authorized the agency to develop a "nationwide health information technology infrastructure." Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (7/18)
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Study identifies 3 keys for building successful ACOs
A study in the journal Academic Medicine suggests that building a successful accountable care organization at academic medical centers hinges on strong leadership, robust health IT systems and reliable care coordination. The findings were based on a study of the first 253 Medicare ACOs across the U.S., 20% of which were developed at academic medical centers. Health Data Management (7/21)
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VC investors pumped $1.8B into HIT sector in Q2, report says
Mercom Capital Group reports that venture capitalists invested $1.8 billion in the health IT industry in the second quarter of the year, setting a new record as the most lucrative quarter for the sector. Practice-centric companies received 61% of all investments, with consumer-facing technology developers attracting the second-highest investment amount. Healthcare IT News (7/16)
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Data breaches remain a top security concern for HIT pros
Data breaches remain a top concern of IT security professionals in the health care sector, according to a poll of purchase-decision-makers in five countries. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they do not have adequate experience in mobile-device security. Health IT Security (7/16)
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Management & Operation
Provider usage of statewide HIE in Maine up nearly 150% last year
Provider usage of Maine's HealthInfoNet HIE increased last year by almost 150%, while the number of patients whose data was accessed through the HIE has tripled, according to the group's just-released 2013 annual report. The report also listed grants received by HealthInfoNet in 2013, including a three-year grant to connect the HIE to the Department of Veterans Affairs. EHR Intelligence (7/17)
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Docs differ in EHR use perceptions, survey finds
Data from a Medscape survey showed 63% of responding physicians agreed that EHR adoption improves documentation, while 34% said the practice helps clinical operations and 32% said it boosts patient service. On the opposing side, 27% said EHRs worsen documentation, while 38% said EHRs had negative effects on patient service and 35% said they were detrimental to clinical operations. BeckersHospitalReview.com (7/17)
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Regulatory & Legislative
Group creates ACO accreditation program
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has created an accreditation program for accountable care organizations that will evaluate their network infrastructure and exchange connectivity, technical performance, resource management, business processes, and other performance quality standards. A group in New Jersey and one in Washington, D.C., have been selected to undergo the beta accreditation process. Healthcare Informatics online (7/21)
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Market Focus
Construction begins for telehealth fiber network in Nev.
Aerial construction of a telemedicine fiber network by e-Care Nevada and the Nevada Hospital Association has begun. The Nevada Broadband Telemedicine Initiative, when completed, will help providers offer state-of-the-art telehealth applications to patients in rural parts of the state. Health Data Management (7/17)
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"The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself"
Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, will be the opening keynote speaker at the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum. CHIME14 will be held Oct. 28-31 in San Antonio, Texas. Make plans to attend!
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Track sessions announced for the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum
Track sessions have been announced for the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum. There will be a total of 16 peer-reviewed and peer-presented sessions. Tracks include: Strategy and Leadership; Organizational Performance Improvement; Business and Care Transformation; and Emerging Issues in Healthcare and Health IT. Get more information about the sessions and registering for the Oct. 28-31 event.
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