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February 6, 2013
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  • CMS to test HIPAA operating rules, transactions
    CMS wants to identify issues tied to the revised HIPAA operating rules and transactions prior to enforcement. To that end, the agency has contracted with Emdeon to test the usability, business usage, interoperability and functionality of draft standards for various health care transactions, in addition to new rules that might be considered for implementation. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • 6 trends that will shape the health IT landscape this year
    Six key trends are expected to affect health groups this year: the expedited growth of value-based purchasing and accountable care organizations; more mergers and acquisitions; greater emphasis on data; increased sales of revenue cycle systems; enhanced focus on ICD-10; and a shortage of skilled health IT workers. These trends will be driven by EHR meaningful use and other factors. Healthcare Informatics online (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Challenges affect shared decision-making
    Inadequate clinical information systems, insufficient provider training and heavy workloads are among the biggest obstacles primary care practices face when implementing shared decision-making, a study published in Health Affairs found. "To meet this challenge, we recommend that such [accountable care] organizations carefully plan their implementation of shared decision making and make substantial long-term investments in information systems, provider training and process reengineering," researchers wrote. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • White House expands Presidential Innovation Fellows program
    The Obama administration is accepting applications for Round 2 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which recruits top private-sector entrepreneurs and innovators to work with the federal government for six to 12 months on open data initiatives, personal health records, disaster response and other projects. The second round has five new projects, as well as continuing work on projects from the first round of the program. Applications are being accepted through March 17. InformationWeek (2/5), The White House Blog (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 Bassett Healthcare affiliates implement EMRs
    Little Falls Hospital and three other Bassett Healthcare Network affiliate hospitals in New York, which are electronically linked to Bassett Medical Center, recently transitioned to EMRs. The implementation of the EMR system is expected to boost care coordination, improve medication safety, upgrade the patient experience and make health care delivery more efficient, according to Little Falls Hospital officials. The Times (Little Falls, N.Y.)/GateHouse News Service (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Expert offers 5 strategies for effective BYOD programs
    Bring-your-own-device programs that allow employees to use personal mobile devices at work can help save time and costs, but implementing them in health care poses stability and security questions. Brent Lang of Vocera offers five ways to succeed in the effort, including creating a BYOD strategy, acknowledging the costs and developing independent workflows. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile health platform developer unveils allergy tool
    An iPhone application called WebMD Allergy was unveiled by WebMD Health. Patients can use the app to become aware of changes in allergen levels. "The WebMD Allergy app provides consumers with accurate and personalized weather-related allergy information to help them proactively manage their allergy conditions," said WebMD chief medical editor Dr. Michael Smith. Drug Store News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Report: Telemedicine can boost patient care
    Home monitoring programs show promise in enhancing patient experiences and care, as well as trimming costs and decreasing hospitalizations, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund. The report, which focused on the success of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Partners HealthCare and Centura Health in pioneering the use of home medical monitoring platforms and initiatives, also indicated that leveraging personal health information can encourage people to pursue lifestyle changes and have better clinical outcomes. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC exec comments on Structured Data Capture program
    ONC Office of Science & Technology Director Dr. Doug Fridsma recently wrote a blog post about the agency's Structured Data Capture program, which aims to use interoperability tools to access and populate a template with common EHR data elements. "Given the significant investments that have been made in EHR adoption and interoperability in the last four years, enabling structured data capture within EHRs is poised to be a critical way to integrate EHR data into a variety of health services and clinical research activities," Fridsma wrote. Health Data Management (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HealtheConnections to improve HIE functions with Mirth
    A partnership has been formed by Mirth and HealtheConnections, a regional health information organization in New York state, to boost the functions of the RHIO's health information exchange. As a result of teaming up with Mirth, HealtheConnections can offer its users the ability to search patient records throughout the state, as well as the capacity to report public health concerns and interact with the Veterans Health Administration. Health Tech Zone (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  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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