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February 8, 2013
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  • Agencies unveil EHR format for children
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and CMS have introduced a new EHR format for children. Authorized under the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the format features specific functionality and data elements for pediatric patients. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • ONC's patient safety plan gains support from CHIME
    The ONC's Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan has received support from CHIME, which said in a comment letter that it supports the idea of using existing programs within the government and private sector "as foundational leverage to strengthen health IT and patient safety." The group also offered recommendations, including relying on a stakeholder-driven group to implement the plan. (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Study: EHRs are top of mind for health care CIOs this year
    Health care CIOs view EHR rollouts, meaningful use and compliance as their top three priorities for this year, according to a study commissioned by Level 3. The study also notes that while CIOs think the industry changeover to EHRs is crucial to enhance efficiency and patient care, they don't trust their abilities to safeguard sensitive data. Healthcare IT News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Among vendors, Epic leads in complete MU attestations, report says
    Epic Systems leads other EHR vendors in complete EHR meaningful use attestations through October, according to a report released by Software Advice. The report indicated that 23,446 attestations were achieved through the use of an Epic product. Other vendors whose products were used in attestations were Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, NextGen and GE Healthcare, the report said. Healthcare Informatics online (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patient engagement gets $25M boost from EMR developer
    EClinicalWorks, a developer of EMRs, is putting $25 million into efforts to promote patient engagement, including the development of a mobile patient application known as Healow. The app is meant to help patients connect with health records and providers while managing prescription use and refills, accessing test results and more. The firm also announced findings from a physician survey: 93% of respondents said mobile apps can help improve health outcomes, and 89% reported they were likely to encourage patients to use such tools. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aetna's Passage app turns exercise into virtual city tours
    Aetna's Passage application encourages users to imagine virtual locales as a way to boost their exercising experience. The app utilizes Apple devices' accelerometers as a pedometer and feeds users Instagram images and Google Maps info so they can imagine they are moving around major cities, such as Paris, discovering hidden treasures. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shopko mobile prescription service proves popular
    More than 1,000 prescriptions a day are being refilled via mobile devices at the retailer Shopko, which launched the service last year. "Mobile prescription refills allow customers to easily and quickly refill their prescription through a variety of ways: respond to a text message, scan a bottle or type in the Rx number. The customer also no longer has to wait by the pharmacy counter since they get a text message letting them know as soon as the prescription is ready," said Dana Marotto, director of marketing at mscripts. (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Developer unveils telemedicine tool for iPad
    The ControlStation App for iPad was recently unveiled by InTouch Health. The application, which works as an interface physicians can use to hold telehealth consultations with patients, can be linked to any InTouch devices, such as the RP-VITA. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • Friday, Feb. 15, WEDI Omnibus Virtual Event: Agenda available
    It's not too late to register for next week's FREE WEDI Virtual Event: "The Omnibus is Here! Survival Guide for the New Privacy & Security Regulations," on Friday, Feb. 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The online event offers detailed sessions delivered by industry experts that address the revisions to the privacy and security rules, including enforcement and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Sessions include Level Setting -- The Omnibus; Business Associates; and Individual Rights. View the agenda and list of speakers on the event information page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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