EHR association calls for strategy for patient data matching | Intel, Michael J. Fox Foundation to use Big Data to study Parkinson's | Survey looks at patient awareness of physicians' patient portal offering
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August 14, 2014
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EHR association calls for strategy for patient data matching
A letter was sent by the Electronic Health Record Association to the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday asking for the launch of a nationwide patient data matching strategy to support secure health information exchange across the country. The organization said the strategy would help ensure that patient record matching across providers and care settings is efficient and accurate. Health Data Management (8/13)
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Intel, Michael J. Fox Foundation to use Big Data to study Parkinson's
A partnership between Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research aims to assess patterns in data from smart watches and other wearables to better understand Parkinson's disease. The study, which involves 16 Parkinson's patients and nine controls, also includes contributions from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Israel and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. VentureBeat (8/13)
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Survey looks at patient awareness of physicians' patient portal offering
A survey by TechnologyAdvice found that 40% of 430 patients were unsure if their physician's office had a patient portal system, suggesting that doctors fail to properly inform their patients about the tools they offer. Among other findings, the survey revealed that 48% of doctors are not following up with patients by any method, even if their patients are aware of the portal system. (8/13)
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Electronic records linked to better outcomes for patients
A study by HIMSS Analytics found the adoption of EMR systems is associated with improved outcomes for patients. Based on an analysis of 4,583 facility health records, hospitals that have EMR platforms with advanced capabilities were able to cut their mortality rates, especially for heart attack, small intestine surgery and respiratory failure. (free registration) (8/13)
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Lawmaker calls on FTC to determine rules for fitness-tracker data
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the Federal Trade Commission should establish rules on the use of fitness data generated by Fitbit wristbands and similar gadgets. "The fact that private health data ... is being gathered by applications like Fitbit and can then be sold to third parties without the user's consent is a true privacy nightmare," Schumer says in a statement. Computerworld (8/11), VentureBeat (8/11)
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MHealth app developer to seek FDA clearance for SnoreSounds
Appian Medical said it aims to secure 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its sleep apnea application called SnoreSounds and will launch studies to validate the efficiency of the tool. The app is equipped with an algorithm designed to listen to the sounds of snoring and determine whether a user is suffering from sleep apnea. The company will use $580,000 in funding from angel investors to back its plans. (8/13)
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Wyo. uses data mining to cut Medicaid ER visits, readmissions
The Wyoming Department of Health said data from its Medicaid Management Information System together with Xerox's analysis helped reduce 30-day hospital readmission rates as well as emergency department visits in the state. Since the launch of the WYhealth program in 2012, Medicaid patients' emergency visits are down 20%, while the 30-day hospital readmission rate fell to 6.88% last year from 7.4% in 2012. Healthcare Informatics online (8/13)
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Study looks at growing adoption of telehealth solutions by providers
A study conducted by HIMSS Analytics found that 46% of around 400 provider organizations have implemented up to four telehealth solutions as they transition to value-based care. The study also revealed that 57.8% of participants cited two-way video/webcam as the most used telehealth solution. Healthcare Informatics online (8/13)
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Federal program tests models for improving patient care
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has launched experiments in every state to study whether novel health care reimbursement models and networks can save money and improve public health. The center awards grants to community groups, health systems and clinics, insurance companies, nursing homes, and states through a 10-year, $10 billion budget. Kaiser Health News (8/11)
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