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November 21, 2014
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Agency to host call on federal program changes
The CMS will conduct a provider call on Dec. 2 to review changes in the physician quality reporting programs for 2015, including the Physician Quality Reporting System, Value-based Payment Modifier, Physician Compare and EHR Incentive Program. Health Industry Washington Watch blog (11/19)
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Merge Healthcare designs cloud-based tool for ambulatory facilities
A cloud-based radiology suite was released by Merge Healthcare for ambulatory care facilities. Merge One is preconfigured with features such as a financial system, PACS, radiology information system and a cloud archive, and it can also perform business analytics, track patient payments and manage documents. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (11/20)
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CIOs still face hurdles in move to integrated EHR platform, survey finds
Some 83% of CIOs responding to a recent healthsystemCIO.com survey said their groups have either started or are planning to connect with independent providers electronically. Although 63% of CIO respondents said their groups have an enterprise-wide EHR platform in place or will be getting one, barriers such as the cost of moving to a single platform and lack of time and resources to deploy the systems remain. HealthSystemCIO.com (11/19)
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Healium designs EMR tool to boost provider efficiency
A new EMR productivity platform was unveiled by Healium to focus on patient care rather than technology and enhance provider efficiency. The suite includes a patient dashboard with medical histories for each patient, a patient roster and a clinical decision support tool. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/19)
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Boston provider confirms data breach affecting 1,000 patients
A potential data breach was reported that could affect around 1,000 patients who were treated in Brigham and Women’s Hospital's neurosurgery and neurology programs from October 2011 to September 2014. The breach was reported after a Brigham and Women's doctor was robbed of his encrypted laptop and cellphone that store patient information and forced to tell the assailants the encryption keys and pass codes. Compromised data included patient name or partial names and medical information, but no financial or Social Security information was stored on the devices. Health Data Management (11/19)
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Glow boosts pregnancy app with postpartum support features
Fertility tracking application maker Glow has added postpartum support features to its application for pregnant women, Glow Nurture, to help users better understand and deal with postpartum depression. The features include access to curated articles, a breast-feeding log and a diary for tracking feelings and symptoms. MobiHealthNews.com (11/19)
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CPSI, IBM to determine readmission risk factors using data aggregation tool
A partnership was formed between IBM and CPSI to cut hospital readmissions using point-of-care predictive analytics. The collaboration, which includes CPSI's subsidiary TruBridge, will collect information from hospitals using IBM's SPSS Modeler and use the data to determine the readmission risk factors of the patient population. Ten hospitals have agreed to pilot the companies' data analysis system. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/20)
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Collaborative care program unveiled for Cigna beneficiaries in Fla.
The Primary Partners accountable care organization has unveiled a collaborative care initiative with Cigna that will benefit over 8,000 Cigna beneficiaries in Florida. The Cigna Collaborative Care program aims to boost care coordination and accessibility to help Primary Partners meet its population health targets. Among the objectives of the program are to reduce missed prescription refills and health screenings, as well as enhance preventive care. BeckersHospitalReview.com (11/19)
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