Many states with SHIP funding want greater telehealth investment | What might Obama's precision medicine initiative look like? | EHNAC beefs up accreditation programs with revised criteria
 
January 23, 2015
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Many states with SHIP funding want greater telehealth investment
An Accenture report showed 19 of 25 states that received funding for State Health Care Innovation Plans aim to boost telehealth investments this year as they launch new initiatives for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Fifteen states plan to invest in patient portals and digital tools to cut costs, while 14 states intend to invest in data aggregation and analytics to bolster population health. MobiHealthNews.com (1/22)
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HP CEO Meg Whitman's Top 10 Healthcare Tech Trends
We are living in exciting times. Entire industries are being completely transformed by technological innovations, and healthcare is at the forefront. These are some of the biggest healthcare tech trends on HP CEO Meg Whitman's radar this year. Read the full article.
 
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What might Obama's precision medicine initiative look like?
A precision or personalized medicine initiative suggested by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address might call for better computational tools, smartphones that diagnose disease and advances in tissue-on-a-chip technology, says Lee Hood, who led the development of the automated DNA sequencer. Other focus areas might include research on the consequences of genetic changes, development of gene sequencing standards and improvements in how mutations are identified, says geneticist David Mittelman, chief scientific officer at Tute Genomics. Xconomy/Seattle (1/21)
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EHNAC beefs up accreditation programs with revised criteria
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission is enhancing its accreditation initiatives with the addition of new criteria. The additional criteria focus on areas such as the use of cloud service providers and were introduced to ensure that participants comply with health care overhaul policies. Among the programs that will implement the revised criteria beginning this year are the Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program and the Health Information Exchange Accreditation Program. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (1/22)
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U.S. grants 66 patents to Carestream Health in 2014
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted 66 patents to Carestream Health last year for innovations in various areas of health care, including health IT. Among the patents awarded to the company were enhancements to its portfolio of solutions for overseeing, sharing and saving patient information and advancements in its radiology tools that could boost the quality of clinical images for providers. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (1/22)
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"We saved time and money using the BridgeHead solution…"
University of Maryland Medical System has been expanding and incorporating other hospitals into its network. They had to make a decision to make about their Integrated Serverless Backup (ISB) and Integrated Disaster Recovery (IDR). Read the case study here.
 
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EHR vendor partners with Mo. provider to open IT-equipped care facility
South Providence Medical Park has opened in Columbia, Mo., thanks to the partnership of EHR vendor Cerner and University of Missouri Health Care. The facility is equipped with technology that could help providers offer patient-centered care. Several Cerner platforms, including its PowerChart Ambulatory EHR platform and CareAware Tracking device and supply management tool, will be installed in the facility to ensure that efficient care will be provided to patients. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/22)
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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Colo. telehealth expansion bill moves forward
A bill that aims to expand telehealth service across Colorado was approved by the state's House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee on Thursday. The bill focuses on prohibiting health insurance plans from requiring patients to have in-person consultations if the service can be provided remotely using devices such as computers and smartphones. If approved, the bill would only be applicable in counties with no more than 150,000 residents. The Denver Post (1/23)
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Companies see benefits of using Fitbit in wellness programs
Autodesk has found employees park farther away from the office, walk to work or take longer routes to meetings since it added Fitbit trackers to its wellness program. VISTA Staffing Solutions also uses Fitbit with its Retrofit weight-loss program and said it has seen reduced absenteeism, increased productivity, employee weight loss and health cost savings. SAP Business Innovation blog (1/21)
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Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
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Oncologists turn to Big Data with development of CancerLinQ
The American Society of Clinical Oncology and SAP HANA are developing a database intended to improve the treatment of cancer patients. CancerLinQ will increase access to high-quality care and allow providers to "learn from the care given to the 97% of adult patients who do not currently participate in clinical trials," said oncologist and ASCO Past President Dr. Clifford Hudis. The platform will include data virtualization, spatial processing and predictive text analytics. Healthcare Informatics online (1/22)
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ACO made available to UnitedHealthcare beneficiaries in Texas
A partnership was formed between UnitedHealthcare and Catalyst Health Network in Texas to establish an accountable care organization for beneficiaries of UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As part of the deal, incentives will be given to Catalyst providers for satisfying evidence-based quality standards, such as better patient satisfaction and readmission rates. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/22)
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NeoDeck works with DataMotion to enable health professionals to securely share data
A partnership was formed between NeoDeck Holdings and DataMotion to design an e-mail solution that could be used to securely share protected health information. Under the deal, DataMotion's secure messaging tools will be included in NeoDeck's product portfolio so users of NeoDeck's platform can leverage DataMotion's encryption tools to exchange clinical and non-clinical information in a secure fashion. eWeek (1/22)
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