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May 21, 2015
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Health care groups share views on 21st Century Cures Act
As markup started Tuesday in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the 21st Century Cures Act, stakeholder opinions on the bill remain divided. Premier said it supports the bill's interoperability standards, but Jodi Daniel, director of the ONC's Office of Policy, raised concerns that the bill's provision to decertify EHR products that stand in the way of information sharing "might penalize the bad action by a vendor, but it will cause harm to innocent providers." Others, including HIMSS and the American Telemedicine Association, have expressed disappointment that the bill does not include meaningful provisions for telehealth. Health Data Management (5/19)
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Ed Marx comments on the 21st Century Cures Act
Ed Marx
Ed Marx, NYC HHC IT leadership team
The 21st Century Cures Act is another attempt to encourage interoperability. Everyone recognizes interoperability as one of the top three blockers to IT-led health care transformation. Where meaningful use failed in one of its goals for interoperability, this act aims to continue to keep this critical attribute top of mind.

We know the technology for interoperability exists, so clearly, it is not a technology issue. It is a business and leadership issue. While we see an increase in leaders and government advocating for interoperability, the business side has been dragging its collective feet. Some say the supplier community is purposefully blocking. Why create a single tire whose tread never wears? Why make yourself dispensable? I am not sure it is so much a business financial issue as it is a business pride issue. Something to think about. Let's keep leading and push our suppliers on this key issue and help remove the blockers from our path forward.
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Report | Recommendations for Enterprise Security in 2015
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Strategy & Leadership
Time-limited task forces to replace standing ONC working groups
ONC Acting Deputy National Coordinator Dr. Jon White said Wednesday that the Health IT Standards Committee's standing work groups would be replaced by time-limited task forces. Some committee members expressed frustration. Arien Malec of RelayHealth said the ONC should have sought the committee's input before announcing a reorganization. Jodi Daniel of the ONC asked for patience and support from committee members. Healthcare Informatics online (5/20)
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Technology Spotlight
Report predicts strong growth for global telehealth market
A Research and Markets report says the global telehealth market had a total value of $17.8 billion last year and will grow 18.4% annually through the end of the decade. The report projects demand will be driven by the need for physicians in remote, rural areas. Potential brakes on the growth include reimbursement issues and uneven distribution of telecommunication capability. (free registration) (5/20)
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Large practices have smaller EHR pool than small practices, survey finds
An AmericanEHR Partners survey found that physician practices with at least 26 clinicians choose from a narrower pool of EHR systems than practices with one to three clinicians. The survey showed that 51% of small practices are using an EHR product from one of the vendors listed in the top 10 by AmericanEHR Partners, compared with about 60% of large physician practices that are using one of the systems. The survey also found that Practice Fusion's EHR had the biggest market share with practices having three or fewer physicians, while the EpicCare Ambulatory EMR system was most popular with practices of four or more doctors. (5/20)
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Management & Operation
Providers collaborate with Pingmd to boost provider-patient communication in Ark.
Arkansas Urology and Arkansas Heart Hospital are collaborating with Pingmd to implement the company's secure text messaging application in their facilities. The app is also expected to boost care coordination and enhance productivity by allowing doctors to instantaneously consult with colleagues on complex medical cases. Arkansas Business (5/19)
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McKesson unveils updated version of InterQual clinical decision system
McKesson has updated its clinical decision support platform with evidence-based resources for providers and insurers to drive quality care. InterQual 2015 adds 55 clinical content areas, including 29 additional specialty drugs and 33 additional molecular diagnostic tools. (5/18)
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Regulatory & Legislative
National call to help providers prepare for ICD-10 transition
A national call will be hosted by the CMS on June 18 to discuss resources and strategies to help health care providers convert to ICD-10 codes. The ICD-10-PCS Section X for new technologies, which hospitals will use, will be covered in the call. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (5/19)
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Market Focus
Study: Telemedicine effective in helping rural diabetes patients
A study in Telemedicine and e-Health showed that telemedicine can help diabetes patients get more exercise, control their glycemic level and lose weight. After examining 73 research articles about telemedicine use with diabetes patients, researchers found, among other things, that telemedicine can be more effective for treating rural diabetes patients compared with traditional care. FierceHealthIT (5/18)
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The CMIO role in today's health care organizations has never been more challenging. To better equip physician leaders filling this important position, CHIME and AMDIS will co-host the CMIO Boot Camp on June 21-23 in Ojai, Calif. Designed specifically for physicians embarking on CMIO leadership roles, this intensive program will feature presentations, small group discussion, case study analysis, progressive problem solving and personal mentoring. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants. Get more information.
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Don't become the next data breach headline
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