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March 22, 2013
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  • CMS to conduct survey on patient care
    CMS announced plans to develop a survey that will contribute quality and patient satisfaction data to its Physician Compare website. "This survey will provide patient experience of care data that is an essential component of assessing the quality of services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries," a CMS notice said. Health Data Management (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Advanced remote patient monitoring device market reaches $10.6B
    The market for advanced remote patient monitoring devices reached $10.6 billion last year, according to a report released by Kalorama Information. Several factors have influenced the trend, such as higher medical care costs and the aging population, but the report also noted that sales will be helped by the trend to replace older monitoring systems with more advanced, wireless options. Healthcare Informatics online (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AHIMA voices support for Medicare recovery audit bill
    The Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013 has gained support from AHIMA. The group said the bill would resolve the operational issues tied to the existing recovery audit process, which it called "overly burdensome and ineffective." The current program, which uses recovery audit contractors to conduct reviews, has resulted in repetitive audits, inaccurate payment denials and unmanageable health record requests, the group said. Healthcare Informatics online (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Value of physician documentation seen in move to ICD-10
    Natural language processing is proving to be a valuable tool for converting physician notes into a usable format, but leveraging this data for the purposes of reporting, coding, care coordination and other functions requires advanced analytics. One area where the industry is seemingly prepared to leverage this data is revenue cycle management, driven by the move to ICD-10, one expert says. EHR Intelligence (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Paper offers road map for implementing Big Data in health care
    Health groups can leverage Big Data to improve care and reduce costs, but implementing the technology poses obstacles. The Institute for Health Technology Transformation has issued a white paper outlining nine ways to get started with Big Data, including adopting a data governance framework, engaging clinicians and fostering transparency and competition. Healthcare IT News (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • QPID raises funds to boost market for EHR tool
    Queriable Patient Inference Dossier, more commonly known as QPID, announced it has successfully raised investments amounting to $4 million from several groups, including Matrix Partners and the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. The firm will use the funds to grow its market to include more community hospitals and academic medical centers. (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA won't subject smartphones to device tax, official says
    The FDA does not plan to regulate all mobile health applications, but rather will focus on certain "higher risk" apps, such as those used by doctors and hospitals, that could "present a potential risk to patients if they do not work as intended," said Christy Foreman, director of the Office of Device Evaluation at the FDA's device centers, at a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing this week. She added that smartphones will not be subjected to the medical device tax. The FDA's final guidance on the regulation of mHealth apps will be released before Oct. 1. The Hill/RegWatch blog (3/21), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Castlight Health unveils new app
    Castlight Health has unveiled a Pharmacy application that can be used by patients to find the best drug prices on the market. Aside from allowing consumers to compare the mail-order and retail prices of medicines, the tool also lets them know if pill-splitting higher-dosage medications is an option for them. eWeek (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Robot enhances treatment of children with autism
    Children with autism spectrum disorder paid more attention to a humanoid robotic system called NAO than to human therapists, a study showed. Their increased response was due to a lower degree of intimidation and anxiety, study author Nilanjan Sarkar said. The findings were published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. (3/21), Mashable (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Interoperability shows promise in improving patient care
    Hospitals could enhance patient safety and care as well as save more than $30 billion a year through medical device interoperability programs, according to a study by the West Health Institute. "We see an enormous opportunity to use information technology and device innovation to bring about the much needed transformation in health care delivery," said Dr. Joseph M. Smith, chief medical and science officer of WHI. In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Smith explained what policies and regulations would be needed to develop HIE systems that are integrated and interoperable. Healthcare Informatics online (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Town Hall: Findings from ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey
    Join us on Thursday, April 11, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET as WEDI presents to members its key findings and observations from the February 2013 WEDI ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey. The webinar will cover:
    • Progress of plans, providers and vendors
    • Comparisons to past survey results
    • The impact of the one-year delay in the compliance date
    Following the presentation, we will field questions and allow attendees to offer their perspectives about what the industry needs to be doing in 2013 and beyond. Register now. Not a WEDI member? Join WEDI today! The ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey results will be shared with non-WEDI members in a webinar on April 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS keynote speaker to address post-Omnibus privacy and security
    WEDI is excited to announce the addition of keynote speaker Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services, to the 2013 Annual National Conference, taking place May 13-16 in Las Vegas. His session, "Privacy & Security Post-Omnibus: Implications and Compliance Strategies," will cover the practical considerations for organizations seeking to comply with the HITECH statute and recently released HHS Omnibus regulation. View the current conference agenda. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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