Providers, users see benefits to health apps | Philadelphia medical college expands service deal with Allscripts | Xifin collaborates with vRad to consolidate diagnostic reports
 

March 25, 2015
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Providers, users see benefits to health apps
Eighty-six percent of the 500 health care professionals who answered a Research Now Group survey said that health applications will give them more information about a patient's condition. Of the 1,000 health app users included in the survey, 96% think these apps will lead to improvements in their quality of life. Healthcare Informatics online (3/24)
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Philadelphia medical college expands service deal with Allscripts
Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, which uses Allscripts' TouchWorks EHR, is expanding its partnership with the company to implement other tools including the FollowMyHealth patient engagement platform. Drexel is deploying FollowMyHealth to satisfy meaningful use requirements and assist its education and research efforts. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/24)
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Xifin collaborates with vRad to consolidate diagnostic reports
Xifin and Virtual Radiologic have collaborated to develop an online site that will consolidate diagnostic results and clinical images for cancer specialists and their patients. Pathologists and imaging specialists will also benefit from reduced clinical discordance and the ability to offer more precise and complete diagnoses, according to the companies. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (3/25)
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Pediatric hospital nabs NIH grant to design genetic-disorder database
A national database that will store genetic data from pediatric patients diagnosed with rare genetic conditions, such as lysosomal storage disorders and inborn errors of metabolism, will be developed and maintained by the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center through a $2.2 million grant provided by the NIH. The Longitudinal Pediatric Data Resource is expected to help researchers study patterns in patient data, develop treatments and examine methods to identify the diseases earlier. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (3/24)
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Infographic - 12 Healthcare Secure Texting Use Cases
Learn how secure texting allows your organization to send PHI in a HIPAA compliant manner and collaborate in real-time with file attachments, notifications and delivery receipts. Download this infographic to see how healthcare organizations are using secure texting today in their daily workflows.

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Ore. joins other states in probing Premera breach
Oregon officials said the state will investigate the data breach involving LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon and its parent company Premera Blue Cross, as 250,000 people in the state were affected by the incident. The probe will focus on the company's data security practices, which include how LifeWise detected the breach, the process leveraged by the firm to determine who was affected and what protections were offered to them. Alaska and Washington state have said they will also investigate the incident. Statesman-Journal (Salem, Ore.) (tiered subscription model) (3/25)
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

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Report predicts strong growth for connected health, fitness device market over 4 years
A Juniper Research report projects that annual revenues of connected health care and fitness device services will increase from $320 million in 2015 to $1.8 billion in 2019. Researchers say the growth will be driven by consumers' willingness to pay for upgraded apps and services that analyze information gathered by free, basic apps and devices. The report also expects these paid service platforms will attract 12.9 million consumers by 2019. MobiHealthNews.com (3/24)
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Hospital to use tablets to help patients better understand their treatment plans
The James M. Cox Foundation has given a $200,000 grant to Phoenix Children's Hospital to support its Connected Patient Project that will put 200 tablet computers in hospital rooms to give information to patients and their families. The tablets are equipped with applications that digitize the hospital's "Journey Boards" and help patients and families better understand treatment plans and discharge instructions before leaving the facility. MobiHealthNews.com (3/24)
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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Partners HealthCare gets grant to sustain consumer health tracker use
Partners HealthCare has received a $468,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to design a platform that will help sustain consumer use of and interest in health and activity trackers. The system is expected to help health care organizations transition to value-based models by encouraging patients to adopt healthy lifestyles and possibly preventing the onset of chronic conditions. mHealth News (3/24)
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