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January 10, 2013
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  • Mostashari discusses ONC priorities, gives a glimpse of stage 4 MU
    National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said during a meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee that the ONC's work this year will fall into three categories: improving how meaningful use is implemented, solving interoperability challenges and supporting consumer use of health information. The meeting also included a look at stage 4 of the meaningful use program. "You might think of stage 4 as moving toward the learning health system for both professionals and patients, so that we make better and better use of data," said committee vice chairman Dr. Paul Tang. Healthcare Informatics online (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 6 Lessons Learned About Hospital Smartphone Integration
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  EHRs and MU 
 
  • CMS updates stage 2 MU guidance for radiologists
    CMS on Tuesday issued an updated guidance for radiology specialists who may qualify for a significant hardship exception option under stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use program. The revision aims to shed light on a part of the MU initiative that puts specialists into one Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System specialty code. The change divides radiology under PECOS into interventional radiology, diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. DOTMed.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
Prepare for and mitigate unforeseen events in your datacenter. Read how it's done at Adventist Health Systems. Inside: Steps to Deliver Highly Available Patient Care, Uncover Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities, Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices, A Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery 101 - The Basics. Download now.
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • 5 options for states to build foundation for ACOs, medical homes
    Almost every state is exploring policy frameworks aimed at addressing care access, coverage, quality, cost control and delivery system transformation, says John Colmers of Johns Hopkins Medicine. To help lay the groundwork for accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, Colmers recommends that states assume the roles of regulators, data holders, purchasers, market enablers and conveners. Government Health IT online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medication-adherence app improves compliance among patients
    The MediSafe Project application is showing healthy results. The app uses cloud-based delivery of alerts to patients and caretakers on how much medicine to take and when. Eight weeks after launch, users report a "medication adherence" rate of 81%, compared with the World Health Organization's estimated average of 50%. "MediSafe Project's involvement of patients' loved ones and caretakers is proving itself a breakthrough in reducing the harm that comes from medication non-adherence," says Omri "Bob" Shor, MediSafe Project's chief executive. Health Tech Zone (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Report: Health IT should be part of the organizational strategy
    Innovations in health IT give health provider organizations a wealth of information that can be used to enhance care, provide smooth patient transitions, improve risk management, expand patient access to care and boost patient engagement, according to a Booz & Company report about health industry issues and opportunities in 2013. Health care executives need to make IT part of the strategy in order to benefit from its capabilities, said senior partner Gary Ahlquist. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IT policy group approves authentication recommendations
    The Health IT Policy Committee, which advises the ONC, approved recommendations that would help protect patient identities in EHRs. One recommendation is to encourage providers to require more than a user name and password from patients wishing to access their records, much like the banking industry, which has additional authentication steps for online services. HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HIE 
  • FCC boosts telehealth in rural areas through $400M fund
    A fund totaling $400 million will be provided by the Federal Communications Commission to assist rural care facilities and hospitals in building or adding to telehealth infrastructure. Nonprofit hospitals are eligible to boost their broadband networks so they can enable clinics to be linked to urban health facilities, exchange EHRs and facilitate remote consultation with specialists. Hospitals can apply for funds at the end of the summer. MobiHealthNews.com (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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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