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February 20, 2013
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  • Legislators to question VA, Defense on integrated EHR project
    A hearing will be conducted by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Feb. 27 regarding the decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department to end their plans to create an integrated EHR. The agencies' previous efforts to use separate systems to create a universal EHR didn't work, said Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and it seems "they are repeating past mistakes." NextGov/What's Brewin' blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Report: GPOs value tech, innovation promotion
    The promotion of technology and innovation is one of the top priorities of group purchasing organizations, according to a report released by the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative. The report also indicated that GPOs boost their transparency in the bidding and awards process, as well as their innovation, by keeping up high business and ethical standards. Healthcare IT News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIMSS to open innovation center in Cleveland
    The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is set to open the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland in October. The center, which will serve health IT vendors from around the world, will feature areas for exhibition, demonstration and educational purposes, as well as a testing environment to help vendors gauge the interoperability of HIT products. Health Data Management (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RefleXion uses cloud system to accelerate device development
    RefleXion Medical said the use of CliQr's CloudCenter platform allowed it to conduct cancer treatment simulations overnight instead of over the usual two to three weeks. RefleXion is developing a PET-guided radiation-therapy system for tumor treatment. Company officials hope the faster simulations will help it bring the system to market sooner. With the simulations, "we can have a very good sense of how our device is going to perform when it's treating patients," said Akshay Nanduri, RefleXion co-founder and vice president of business development. eWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Physician practices with EHRs shopping around, report says
    A report issued by Black Book Rankings found that as many as 17% of physician practices using EHRs are planning to change vendors by the end of the year. "Meaningful use incentives created an artificial market for dozens of immature EHR products," said Black Book managing partner Doug Brown. "The high performance vendors that will emerge as viable past 2015 are those dedicating responsive teams to address customers' current demands." Healthcare Informatics online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  mHealth 
  • Tech firm unveils patient-centric mobile solution
    TOA Technologies has developed a patient-centric and predictive tool called ETAdirect. Health care organizations can use the mobile health solution for time-based reporting of mobile staff as well as deploying consumer-focused communication strategies. "It optimizes and personalizes the routing and scheduling of work to ensure each mobile health care employee is dispatched to care for the right patient, at the right time," said TOA Technologies CEO and founder Yuval Brisker. Health Tech Zone (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. professor designs app for patients with chronic diseases
    A mobile application is being developed by Jeremy Dixon, an IT professor at Central Penn College, to assist young adults with chronic medical conditions who are in a state of transition from being under the care of a pediatrician to finding a regular doctor for adults. The app, which is in prototype form, will compile data on users' illnesses and provide a list of available physicians. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Wristwatch allows caregivers to track individuals with disabilities
    ILoc Technologies has developed a wristwatch that helps caregivers track individuals whose conditions, such as autism, cause them to wander off. The TriLoc Personal Locator Device has built-in GPS and wireless Internet and Bluetooth capabilities that communicate with mobile-device applications and computers for tracking at close range and in public places. Other features include a lockable strap and alarms to help the wearer remember tasks. eWeek (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HIE 
  • HIE firm expands with purchase of EHR, data mining firms
    IMedicor, a company that specializes in health data exchange, has expanded with the acquisition of EHR consulting firm HITS Consulting Group and data mining technology company ClariDIS. IMedicor expects the acquisitions to help strengthen its capabilities in IT and meaningful use, as well as management and marketing. Healthcare IT News (2/19) 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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