ONC releases feedback on nationwide interoperability proposal | CIOs discuss ways to help organizations pursue innovation | McKesson updates clinical decision support tool
 

May 19, 2015
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ONC releases feedback on nationwide interoperability proposal
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has published comments on its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, unveiled in January. Among those who commented, National Rural HIT Coalition Chief Information Officer Joe Wivoda supported the roadmap, saying it will benefit providers in rural areas facing provider and health IT staff shortages. Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation Executive Director Teresa Lee commended the agency for addressing the need for health IT interoperability, noting its importance to cost-effective health care. Healthcare IT News (5/18)
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CIOs discuss ways to help organizations pursue innovation
CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO Dr. John Halamka urged their colleagues Monday at the CHIME LEAD Forum in Boston to be future-thinking and focus on strategy as they help their organizations adapt to the changes happening in the health care system. Halamka said showing true leadership and being transparent and accountable will help CIOs persuade stakeholders to support them in their efforts to pursue innovation. Branzell discussed how the CIO role has evolved and urged audience members to be flexible and always strive for better than the status quo in their organizations. Healthcare Informatics online (5/18)
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McKesson updates clinical decision support tool
McKesson has updated its clinical decision support platform with evidence-based resources for providers and insurers to drive quality care. InterQual 2015 adds 55 clinical content areas, including 29 additional specialty drugs and 33 additional molecular diagnostic tools. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/18)
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S.C. accelerator taps 9 digital health startups
Nine startups were recently selected to join the fifth class of Iron Yard Ventures, a Spartanburg, S.C.-based digital health accelerator program. Among the startups are Prenovate, which has developed a Web-based program to improve the diets of patients with chronic conditions, and Headsup Health, which has a product that consumers can use to consolidate their fitness and health records into a single system. MobiHealthNews.com (5/18)
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EHRs and MU
FDA supports LOINC code use in pharmaceutical, biological submissions
The FDA is asking that biological and pharmaceutical submissions use the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes standard to ensure that clinical research data standards are in line with U.S. health IT programs. The agency supports LOINC code adoption because clinical laboratories are using it and it will make data easier to be filed, understood and analyzed by clinicians. It is also recommending the codes because the Study Data Tabulation Model, which is the standard used for sharing laboratory test results in studies, supports LOINC code exchange. Regulatory Focus (5/18)
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Miss. provider upgrades EHR system to meet MU, paperless goals
Corinth, Miss.-based Magnolia Regional Health Center is upgrading the MEDITECH MAGIC EHR platform it is using to MEDITECH's 6.1 Web Ambulatory EHR system. Updating the platform will give providers flexibility, help the center create paperless outpatient and inpatient environments, and satisfy MU stage 3 measures, said Magnolia Regional Health Center CIO David Parker. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/18)
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Visage's mobile image interpretation app obtains FDA clearance
The FDA has cleared Visage Imaging's Visage Ease Pro iOS application for mobile interpretation of diagnostic images other than mammography. The app, a part of the firm's Visage 7 platform, is capable of displaying large studies once calibrated without compromising image quality. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (5/19)
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Advancing Care With IT
Study shows how telemedicine improves health of diabetes patients
A study in Telemedicine and e-Health showed that telemedicine can help diabetes patients get more exercise, control their glycemic level and lose weight. After examining 73 research articles about telemedicine use with diabetes patients, researchers found, among other things, that telemedicine can be more effective for treating rural diabetes patients compared with traditional care. FierceHealthIT (5/18)
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