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December 26, 2012
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  • Confidence in achieving stage 2 MU lacking among health groups
    Only 36% of the more than 140 health systems and hospital administrators responding to a KPMG survey expressed confidence that their groups are ready to meet the stage 2 EHR meaningful use standards, 47% said they are somewhat confident and 4% said they aren't confident at all. Change management and training were cited as the primary barriers to fulfilling the mandates. Healthcare Informatics online (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Value of DNA sequencing must be shared across society, experts say
    Using cheaper and faster tools for DNA sequencing presents novel ways to combat disease and other issues, but sharing the value of this technology across society will be among the biggest obstacles that DNA scientists will face, experts said at a recent Nobel meeting in Sweden. Helga Nowotny of the European Research Council noted that academic centers in developed countries have most of the genetics expertise, and she cautions that it needs to be shared. "One possibility would be that we would end up with a genetic divide," she said, adding, "I'm most afraid of the corrosive effects of inequalities." Health Data Management (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 will see more data breaches being reported, OCR director says
    A rise in information analytics and risk evaluation protocols will lead to more data breach incidents being reported next year, HHS Office for Civil Rights Director Leon Rodriguez said. Health groups as well as their business associates will need to devise data breach responses responsibly and decisively to avoid being subjected to more fines, he said. Government Health IT online (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: State, local HIT spending could hit $19.3B in 2017
    A Deltek report predicts that spending on health IT among local and state health agencies in the U.S. will grow from $16.6 billion this year to $19.3 billion in five years. This growth will be driven by the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and increased federal requirements on reducing abuse, waste and fraud, among other factors. Healthcare IT News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Improved Quality 
  • EHR incentive payments reach $9.3 billion to date
    About three-fourths of eligible hospitals and one-third of eligible doctors and other health care personnel have received incentives for EHR adoption, data from CMS revealed. A total of $9.3 billion has been released since the incentive payment program commenced, with $6.1 billion going to hospitals and $3.1 billion going to professionals including physicians, the agency's November report stated. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health clinics in Va. report progress on PCMH efforts
    The seven health centers and clinics that received grants in 2009 from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation in Virginia recently announced progress in their efforts to adopt a patient-centered medical home model. The facilities, which used a website to exchange ideas and request feedback as part of the initiative, reported delivering care to about 28,000 patients. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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