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1. EHR shutdown forces docs at Boston Children's to rely on paper records

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Boston Children's Hospital shut down its EHR system on Friday because of a hardware problem, but it announced on Wednesday that the system had been repaired and was being returned in phases. During the shutdown, staff members were forced to rely on paper communications to order diagnostic tests, monitor treatments and receive test results. According to hospital spokesman Rob Graham, most patients didn't notice the problem since the hospital has a contingency plan in place. Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The (03/25)

2. Doctors reveal concerns about stage 3 proposed rule

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 30, 2015

A poll conducted by QuantiaMD found that 71% of surveyed doctors could meet the measures in the proposed rule for stage 3 of meaningful use, but only 38% of respondents are happy with the proposed rule. The survey found that 53.33% of participants said patient engagement would be the hardest measure to meet, followed by care coordination at 42.67%. Healthcare Informatics online (03/27)

3. Obama outlines new health care cost containment initiative

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

President Barack Obama marked the Affordable Care Act's five-year anniversary by announcing a new initiative that will bring together public and private groups to develop alternative payment models. The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, which was launched Wednesday, offers an opportunity for the health IT industry to show how HIT can be used to coordinate care, control health spending and boost patient care quality, said eHealth Initiative CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick. USA Today (03/25) Health Data Management (03/26) U.S. News & World Report (03/25)

4. EHR certifiers oppose "in-the-field surveillance"

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

EHR certifiers said a measure that requires them to evaluate EHR systems' performances at hospitals and physician's offices could be disruptive for providers. "The provider does not have an incentive to participate given the resource allocations they would need to provide," Drummond Group spokeswoman Olga Flores Finneran said. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (03/25)

5. Lawmaker pushes development of integrated EHR for VA, DOD

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 27, 2015

A bill that would put $175 million toward the development and implementation of an integrated EHR for the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs was reintroduced by Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., on Tuesday. The Integrated Electronic Health Records for Military and Veterans Act designates $50 million for the development and $25 million annually over five years for implementation. Healthcare Informatics online (03/26) (03/26)

6. HHS technology leader to leave post

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2015

HHS reported that Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak will leave his post at the agency at the end of April. Among Sivak's contributions to HHS are the development of the HHS Buyer's Club, as well as administration of the HHS IDEA Lab and the Entrepreneurs in Residence program. Sivak has been part of the agency since 2012. Federal Computer Week (03/30)

7. Providers, users see benefits to health apps

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

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 (03/24)

8. Humana's companies to help providers with population health programs

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 26, 2015

Two firms that will help providers advance their population health management programs have been formed by Humana. Transcend will offer third-party and consulting services related to patient engagement, clinical integration, financial risk management and care coordination to medical groups, doctors and integrated delivery systems. Transcend Insights will focus on marketing health technologies, such as decision-support platforms, analytics solutions and interoperability systems, to providers. Healthcare Informatics online (03/25)

9. Ore. joins other states in probing Premera breach

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

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) (03/25)

10. Patients weigh in on physicians' use of IT tools during appointments

Health IT SmartBrief | Mar 31, 2015

Nuance Communications found that 97% of patients surveyed in the U.S., Germany and the U.K. don't mind their physicians using computers, mobile devices and other technology during visits, but the authors note such tools create additional tasks during already short interactions. More than one-third of patients said office visits lasted less than 10 minutes, and 4 in 10 said appointments felt rushed. (03/30)

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