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1. Online model of measles outbreaks highlights value of vaccination

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

Online computer simulations from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health demonstrate how measles outbreaks spread faster and affect more people in populations with lower vaccination rates. The educational website allows visitors to choose from a section of U.S. cities and view simulations of outbreaks in populations with 95% vaccination rates for school-age children, compared with 80%. Health Data Management (03/02)

2. Study: Most health care Web page visits disclosed to other entities

Health IT SmartBrief | Feb 27, 2015

A study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication found that information about 91% of health care Web page visits can be collected by third parties, including online advertisers and Google, which are not subject to health data privacy regulations. "Clearly, there is a need for discussion with respect to legislation, policies and oversight to address health privacy in the age of the Internet," lead researcher Timothy Libert said. Naked Security blog (02/26) (02/26)

3. EHR outage delays treatments at Calif. health system

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

Marysville, Calif.-based Rideout Health reported that its McKesson Paragon EHR platform went down for about a week last month due to a malfunction in an HVAC unit at an off-site data storage facility. Rideout Health CEO Robert Chason said the outage did not affect patient care, but it did delay radiation treatments for some patients, and clinicians could not access parts of some clinical records. Healthcare IT News (03/03)

4. New workgroup to focus on health care delivery system reform

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

The Delivery System Reform Workgroup has been created by the Electronic Health Record Association. The workgroup will collaborate with patient advocacy groups, providers and payers to see that health IT is being used appropriately in health care delivery and payment. The workgroup will also share its insights with regulators and policymakers as they explore new initiatives. Healthcare Informatics online (03/03)

5. Lawmaker questions ONC's authority to set standards for HIE

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., said at a recent hearing that a report from the Congressional Research Service found the ONC may lack authority for its "governance approach" for health information exchange. In response, the agency said the 2009 HITECH Act "provides ONC with the appropriate authority to establish a governance mechanism for that nationwide health information network." Health Data Management (02/27)

6. Report predicts strong growth for health care cloud computing market by 2020

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 02, 2015

A Persistence Market Research report predicts the global market for health care cloud computing will grow from $4.2 billion last year to $12.6 billion by 2020, with a 20.1% compound annual growth rate during that period. Analysts said the growth will be driven in part by the popularity of cloud and wireless technologies, better cloud computing features and more government spending on health IT. Lack of patient data privacy and security and interoperability issues are among the factors that could hinder the market's growth. (02/27)

7. Groups urge CMS to improve ICD-10 transition plans

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 05, 2015

The CMS needs to enhance its ICD-10 transition plans as contingency plans may not be enough to address serious disruptions that might happen on or after the Oct. 1 implementation date, according to a letter sent to CMS acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt on Wednesday by 100 groups including the American Medical Association. The groups noted that a lower acceptance rate for Medicare claims could have a great effect on the system and on physician payment. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (03/04)

8. Report: Hospital size influences EHR systems used by providers

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 04, 2015

A peer60 report revealed that hospital size affects the EHR system that providers use. Based on the report, 20% of hospitals with fewer than 100 beds use CPSI and another 20% use eClinicalWorks. In larger hospitals that have more than 1,000 beds, 30% use Epic's EHR and another 30% adopt Cerner's EHR. (03/03)

9. Study examines mHealth tools for disease management adherence

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research showed mixed results on the effectiveness of mobile health tools to support patient adherence to chronic disease management. Researchers found patients and providers overall accepted mAdherence tools, but had technical concerns about using the system as well as cost and maintenance for the system. Health Data Management (03/02)

10. House committee supports bill to exempt ASCs from MU

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 03, 2015

A House committee has approved a bill that would exempt ambulatory surgical centers from EHR meaningful use requirements until certification standards are developed. Under the Electronic Health Fairness Act, patient encounters at ASCs would not be considered in evaluating whether an eligible professional meets the MU requirements. There are no certified EHR platforms available to ASCs. Healthcare Dive (03/02)

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