Changes planned for sites to simplify ratings | Community health centers get boost with $1.5M pledge from CVS, IBM | E-Rx contains more labeling errors in study
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July 16, 2014
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Changes planned for sites to simplify ratings
The CMS plans to add a rating system using stars to its Home Health Compare, Dialysis Facility Compare and Hospital Compare websites to make it easier for consumers to understand the ratings. The additions will be made throughout the rest of this year and into 2015, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Conway wrote in a blog post. The websites are all part of (7/15)
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Community health centers get boost with $1.5M pledge from CVS, IBM
IBM and CVS Caremark have pledged $1.5 million to the Technology Solutions for Smarter Health grant program, which seeks innovative ways to increase patient engagement and improve care and outcomes in community health centers through the use of technology. The program is operated in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Chain Drug Review (7/15)
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E-Rx contains more labeling errors in study
A study in BMJ Quality & Safety revealed electronic prescriptions showed greater labeling errors, at 7.4%, than did paper prescriptions, at 4.8%. The results suggest that concerned groups collaborate on standardized dispensing and labeling practices to optimize e-prescription use. (7/15)
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New software enables easy navigation and analysis of 3D images
Scientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have created software that enables users to efficiently examine 3D images of small biological structures such as neurons and synapses using flat-screen computers. Virtual Finger allows users to analyze the images in depth without sifting through a series of thin slices one at a time. Researchers have used the software for detecting spikes in individual cells and creating better models of the morphological structure of neurons. CrazyEngineers (7/14)
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EHRs and MU
Study: Critical-access hospitals are improving health IT capabilities
A study in Health Affairs looked at a survey conducted by HIMSS of critical-access hospitals from November 2012 to April 2013 and identified eight areas in which the facilities have improved their health information technology. The study found that 89% have put either full or partial EHRs in place, 70% have teleradiology capabilities, 59% have the ability to offer telehealth services and 50% offer e-prescribing. (7/14)
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Study: EHR use does not increase Medicare fraud
A study by the University of Michigan School of Information and the Harvard School of Public Health examined data from hospitals that adopted EHRs and those that did not to determine if EHR adoption would lead to increases in fraudulent Medicare coding and billing. The study, which appears in the July issue of Health Affairs, found no difference in the increases in Medicare billing between the two groups. The study also suggested that an efficient use of EHRs to reduce costs, and not policies to reduce fraud, would be the best way to reduce health care spending. Health Data Management (7/14)
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Smartphone tool can measure fine dust in the wind
German researchers say they have successfully tested a portable device that works with smartphones to test for fine dust particles in the air. "Past studies have shown that exposure to fine dust can pose a serious health hazard," the team at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology wrote in its paper. The phone tool could replace devices in use that cost upwards of $1,000. (7/15)
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Advancing Care With IT
Patient data, comparative research may boost health
Research published in Health Affairs found the use of patient-reported data in comparative research may hold potential in enhancing care quality and boosting individual and population health. Researchers also stressed that patients must perceive the importance of data, both for research and their own care. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (7/14)
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