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February 15, 2013
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  • U.S. telehealth market to expand by 600% over 5 years
    The telemedicine market in the U.S. is expected to expand by 600% from 2012 to 2017, according to data recently released by InMedica. The data also indicated the possibility that telehealth revenues in the country will reach $707.9 million in 2017 from $174.5 million in 2012. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Milwaukee provider informs patients of possible data breach
    Froedtert Health in Milwaukee announced a potential data breach that may have affected about 43,000 patients of Froedtert Hospital, as well as those of some clinics. Information stored in a work computer account of a member of the Froedtert Health staff, which was compromised after a hacking incident last Dec. 14, included patient names, birth dates, medical record numbers and some Social Security numbers. Health Data Management (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  EHRs and MU 
  • Study examines link between EHR use, health service referrals
    Providers using EHRs are more likely to refer women for mammograms and other preventive care, including pelvic and breast examinations, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Providers without EHRs had the lowest referral rates for all but two tests involving women's health, researchers found. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • QPID unveils EHR intelligence tool
    An EHR intelligence platform called Queriable Patient Inference Dossier has been developed to help health care providers find clinically useful information through structured and unstructured data searches in EHRs. The platform was created at Partners Healthcare and Massachusetts General Hospital, and is being sold through a Partners spinoff company called QPID. The platform is capable of giving clinicians data about a specific patient within seconds. InformationWeek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 apps nab cash prize from GE hospital quest contest
    GE has already selected two mobile applications to each receive a $5,000 prize in its hospital quest challenge. The Discharge Roadmap app was created to boost communication between providers in communities and care teams in hospitals. Request-a-Porter app was developed to enable hospital staff to use text messaging to oversee transport requests. Developers have two more days to enter, and GE will unveil the winners, including eight receiving grand prizes, next month. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. health clinic to ally with WellFX to reach patients
    United Health Centers of San Joaquin, Calif., has collaborated with WellFX to use social engagement to help patients manage and prevent chronic diseases. The deal will enable UHC to leverage the WellFX social platform to reach patients, especially those in the low-income population who have access to social media. The partnership also allows UHC to access WellFX's Web-based exercise and dietary program. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app helps users examine heart disease risk
    A mobile application created by the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation and unveiled by the Million Hearts initiative enables patients to assess themselves for heart disease risk. The Heart Health Mobile app, which is available in the iTunes store and will be available in the HTML5 format starting in March, asks a series of health questions and directs users to clinics and pharmacies, such as CVS Caremark Minute Clinics, for blood pressure and cholesterol assessments. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Pediatric hospital receives ACO accreditation
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has received an accountable care organization accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. "Years of hard work across the organization has built an infrastructure that supports quality improvements, patient-centered care and care coordination. CHOP is honored to be recognized for its efforts to meet the diverse health care needs of our patients," said CHOP President and COO Madeline Bell. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • Take the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey
    The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting a survey of ICD-10 preparedness. The questions are geared toward an organization's status and how the one-year delay affected plans. The information will be used to inform WEDI, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other organizations about the state of ICD-10 readiness. It also can help plan how to assist vendors, health plans and health care providers in meeting the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. All types of health care organizations are encouraged to participate in the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey online. The survey closes Feb. 20. For more information, contact Samantha Holvey at WEDI (202-618-8803). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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