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September 18, 2012
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  • Stage 2 of MU will bring "incredible progress," Mostashari says
    The federal meaningful use program has made great strides, said National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari, and stage 2 of the initiative will see even more "incredible progress," with about $20 billion in EHR incentives likely to be paid out by 2015. Speaking at a conference, Mostashari also expressed optimism that congressional support for the HIT effort will continue after the election. Government Health IT online (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • What are the keys to user-friendly EHRs?
    The industry is seeing an increased focus on the usability of EHRs, especially since the EHR certification measures for stage 2 meaningful use require usability testing for the systems. Health IT insiders have identified five factors that they say are key to user-friendly EHRs, starting with making data entry easier. Healthcare IT News (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Computer-Assisted Coding: Are you REALLY Ready?
Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) technology is helping hospitals improve coding efficiency and accuracy, but does your facility have the technology, documentation, and other resources needed to reap the full benefits? Learn the three vital steps you can take today to assess your hospital's readiness. Download this free CAC white paper today.
  Technology Spotlight  
  • Researchers get funding for biomedical informatics system
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Library of Medicine for the development of a biomedical informatics system that will use EHRs to better identify potential clinical trial participants. The researchers aim to create a tool that will make patients' comprehensive medical history accessible for faster patient screening and recruitment for trials. (free registration) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telepharmacy can boost patient safety at rural hospitals
    Pharmacists working remotely were able to catch prescription errors in 19.2% of medications ordered for patients in rural hospitals, according to a study by the University of California Davis Health System. "Telepharmacy represents a potential alternative to around-the-clock on-site pharmacist medication review for rural hospitals," the study concluded. InformationWeek (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Legislators press for policy reforms to expand EHR use
    More legislation and increased efforts to promote IT to providers are needed to boost EHR adoption in the country, members of Congress said Thursday. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said he is planning to introduce a bill that could address conflicts between federal initiatives to spur health information exchange and privacy laws in the states, which some experts say have slowed the adoption of HIE. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHNAC launches 2 programs for e-Rx certification
    The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission has launched two e-prescribing certification initiatives for vendors overseeing controlled substances. The programs aim to ensure that vendors satisfy the Drug Enforcement Association rules, in addition to EHNAC core criteria on technical performance, privacy and other measures, officials said. Healthcare IT News (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Vendor Watch 
  • HIT vendors urged to use Blue Button for enhanced data access
    National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari has urged HIT vendors to incorporate a Blue Button tool by early next year to help consumers easily access, download and send health data. Several vendors have committed to adopting the feature, which was initially designed to help veterans view their data in a plain text file using their HealtheVet personal records. Healthcare IT News (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Creating the new connectivity at CHIME12
    CHIME is pleased to announce that legendary journalist Ted Koppel; leading cardiologist and digital health advocate Dr. Eric Topol; and co-host of "Mythbusters" Adam Savage have been named to the CHIME12 Fall CIO Forum keynote speaker lineup. Join your CHIME member colleagues Oct. 16 to 19 at the Renaissance Esmeralda in Indian Wells, Calif., to learn about important industry trends and gain leadership insights. Get registration details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME 20th anniversary special offer: 20% new member discount
    To celebrate 20 years of serving health care CIOs, CHIME is offering all new members who join between July 15 and Dec. 1 a 20% discount off their first-year membership dues. CHIME membership is open to CIOs and senior IT leaders at health care-related organizations, regardless of the number of beds or size of IT staff. Join CHIME. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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