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February 21, 2013
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  • ECRI lists top 10 technology concerns for the year
    ECRI Institute has released a list of technology issues for hospital executives to watch this year. EHRs earned the top spot on the list, followed by mobile health. Also included on the list are the use of PET/MR, which the institute said could represent an important capital investment, and concerns about radiation dose safety. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Sanitas' outpatient management system gets FDA OK
    The FDA has approved Sanitas' Wellaho mobile technology platform as a Class II medical device for patients with chronic diseases. The personalized outpatient management system is designed to help chronically ill patients keep track of their conditions, as well as enable doctors to monitor them and oversee their treatment between office visits. San Diego Business Journal (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Real-time location systems gather steam in health care
    Real-time location systems are gaining traction in health care, with a global market value of $325 million, according to a presentation at a Stanford Business forum. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a $543 million contract to deploy RTLS and RFID in 152 medical centers to track medical and surgical equipment and supplies. Despite the technology's appeal, however, one expert suggests that health groups have a clear return on investment in mind before introducing RTLS or mobile health tools. Government Health IT online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fitness application to be unveiled by Reebok
    Reebok announced plans to launch the Reebok Fitness App next week. The mobile health application, which will integrate several workout disciplines such as running and walking, will help users boost their overall health by allowing them to customize fitness routines and create different workouts. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Ark. university, Microsoft develop telemedicine system
    A new telehealth system, dubbed Collaboration and Annotation of Medical Images, was recently developed by Microsoft and the University of Arkansas to facilitate telementoring and teleradiology. The goal is to improve access to specialists in rural areas with a single platform, and the system was developed using physician feedback. (free registration) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bosch, GreatCall partner to offer telehealth to seniors
    A partnership between Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems and GreatCall has been formed to offer senior patients an innovative line of mobile health and personal safety technology. "The partnership combines Bosch's evidence-based telehealth solutions, which provide patients with valuable disease/condition knowledge and reinforcement to improve their self-management skills, with GreatCall's expertise in developing wireless health and safety solutions for older consumers and their families," according to the companies. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHNAC, DirectTrust launch direct messaging accreditation initiative
    The Direct Trusted Agent Accreditation Program has been developed by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and DirectTrust for groups that promote or offer secure messaging through the Direct Project protocols. The protocols were unveiled by the federal government as a standard method to transmit and receive encrypted data online. Health Data Management (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.H. group to develop statewide HIE
    The New Hampshire Health Information Organization is working with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative and Orion Health to develop a statewide health information exchange. Orion will provide the platform technology for the HIE, while the Massachusetts group will be responsible for tasks related to strategic direction and oversight of the initiative. Health Data Management (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI HIX Virtual Event: An Overview of Health Insurance Exchange and What It Means to Your Business
    Join us for a day of online virtual education and networking with peers and experts in HIX at the free WEDI HIX Virtual Event: An Overview of Health Insurance Exchange and What It Means to Your Business on Friday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presentation topics include:
    • HIX 101
    • State Approaches
    • NPRM/Final Rules
    • Eligibility and Enrollment - Medicaid
    • Eligibility and Enrollment - GHP
    • Medicare Advantage: Lessons Learned
    • 834 and 820 Transactions
    • Financial Reporting
    • Technical Assistance for Carriers
    Add this free event to your calendar and sign up today! Registration is open! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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