Electronic lab reporting increased in 2014, CDC says | Argonaut Project welcomes Surescripts, Accenture | Merge Healthcare unveils iConnect Network Services unit

April 10, 2015
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Electronic lab reporting increased in 2014, CDC says
The CDC reported that 67% of eligible hospitals' laboratory reports to public health agencies were submitted electronically in July 2014, an increase from 62% in the same month in 2013. By July 2014, 479 hospital labs were using a message format required by the meaningful use program, compared with fewer than 200 the year before. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/9)
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Argonaut Project welcomes Surescripts, Accenture
Health Level Seven International's Argonaut Project has expanded with the recent addition of Accenture and Surescripts. The program, which was unveiled in December, has attracted many of the largest health care organizations and vendors in the country to collaborate with the group and accelerate the creation of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standards framework. Among the founding members of the program are athenahealth, Epic and Cerner. Healthcare Informatics online (4/9)
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Merge Healthcare unveils iConnect Network Services unit
A new business unit offering interoperability services that could lessen clients' costs related to prior-authorization processes was unveiled by Merge Healthcare. Among iConnect Network Services' core offerings are the iCNS Orders, which could be leveraged by doctors for placing electronic imaging orders, and the iCNS Results, designed to transmit imaging results to the existing EHRs of ordering physicians. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (4/9)
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Algorithm-driven device functions as bionic pancreas
Tools commonly used by patients with type 1 diabetes have been adapted into a new device that functions as a bionic pancreas, automatically dispensing insulin as needed. The device, developed by Boston University researchers, uses an algorithm and monitors the user's blood sugar to calculate when to inject insulin. SmithsonianMag.com (4/8)
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EHRs enable Arcadia Healthcare to examine health trends
Burlington, Mass.-based Arcadia Healthcare Solutions is studying population health trends, such as diabetes and care utilization trends, using the EHR data available in its database. Using data from almost 2.2 million patients, the company found that 180,481 patients have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 24,626 people have been detected to be at high risk for the condition. Data from its system also helped the company determine the number of patients seen by an average doctor on a daily basis and the number of times they click the EHR. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/9)
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Texas panel weighs future of telemedicine in state
The Texas Medical Board is set to decide whether to prohibit physicians from prescribing medications via Internet or telephone to patients they have not seen in person. Teladoc, a telehealth company, sued the board after the board challenged the company's practice of enabling doctors to write prescriptions remotely. American City Business Journals/Dallas/Morning Edition blog (4/9)
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Physician network to release Apple Watch version of HIPAA-compliant app
Doximity, an online physician network, will be launching an Apple Watch version of its HIPAA-compliant application later this month. The application is designed to allow doctors in the network to receive and send messages and images to other members and be alerted if they have faxes from colleagues. Doximity says its membership has reached 400,000, or half of the population of physicians in the U.S., as of December. MedCityNews.com (4/9)
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Insurer unveils collaborative care programs with 3 Texas groups
Three collaborative care programs were launched April 1 by Cigna with Texas-based medical groups Catalyst Health Network, Dallas Methodist Physicians Network and Genesis Accountable Physician Network. The initiatives were unveiled to offer coordinated care to 22,000 Cigna patients and allow them to easily reach out to registered nurse clinical care coordinators. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/9)
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Aetna forms ACO with Value Care Alliance
An accountable care organization was unveiled by Value Care Alliance with Aetna to enhance care coordination and better serve over 40,000 Aetna commercial health plan beneficiaries in Connecticut. As part of the deal, Aetna nurse case managers will be responsible for helping the ACO coordinate care and conduct patient follow-ups, while VCA care coordinators will focus on boosting the health outcomes of patients. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/9)
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Medical interoperability center taps members of board
The Center for Medical Interoperability has tapped several executives from some of the biggest health care institutions in the country to join its board of directors. The center was established in 2013 to develop a system that could accelerate "plug-and-play interoperability," advancing seamless health data sharing between EHRs, medical devices, applications and enterprise systems. Among the members are LifePoint Hospitals CEO and Chairman William Carpenter III and the center's founding chairman, Dr. Michael M.E. Johns. BeckersHospitalReview.com (4/9), Healthcare Informatics online (4/9)
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