The ONC has released a new scorecard to help providers and developers identify and resolve interoperability issues concerning submitted Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture documents. HL7 developed the best practices and quantitative scoring criteria used for this tool, which is based on the meaningful use stage 2 era C-CDA Scorecard from Substitutable Medical Applications and Reusable Technologies.
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The new special item number for health IT services has been released by the General Services Administration to make it easier for agencies to purchase health IT products on the government's IT Schedule 70 contracting vehicle. The HIT SIN covers health IT products and services, including those focused on EHR development, as well as e-prescribing, medical devices, sensors and telehealth.
William Yasnoff, a managing partner at NHII Advisors, said hospital chief information officers and chief information security officers can use for free a personal grid approach he created to help them prevent data breaches. The personal grid tactic is a methodology used to organize data within a traditional relational database management system; it stores each record of information in a separate file, which is individually encrypted with its own encryption key, Yasnoff said.
A Rock Health report showed that big-data and analytics firms raised a combined $300 million in digital health venture funding in the first half of this year. EHR and clinical workflow, wearables and biosensing, digital medical devices, population health management, and personal health tools and tracking were also among the top deals this year, the report said.
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Hospitals categorized as advanced EHR users saw a reduction in per-patient costs, with each patient costing $731, 9.66% less than the cost of patients treated at other hospitals, according to a study in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers analyzed the National Inpatient Sample and the HIMSS Annual Survey that involved 550 hospitals, 104 of which were advanced EHR users.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has reinstated its secure texting ban for physician orders amid the need for more guidance "to ensure a safe implementation involving the secure texting of orders for those organizations desiring to employ technology supporting this practice," officials said in a newsletter. The additional guidance will be co-developed with the CMS to comply with the Medicare Conditions of Participation and may be released by September.
Manufacturers of inhalers and generic drugs for asthma and chronic lung disease -- some of whom are collaborating with medtech companies -- are competing to develop cloud-based inhalers with sensors for monitoring patient adherence to medication, believing that offering such solutions would help prove their products' significance to insurers and regulators. Omar Usmani, a consultant physician at Imperial College London, said the key challenge is demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of a connected inhaler while ensuring data privacy.