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December 26, 2012
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  • ONC works to boost health information exchange
    The ONC is working to accelerate health information exchange with a variety of initiatives, including a funding opportunity meant to establish a cooperative agreement with groups that already oversee HIE efforts. The idea is to promote solutions to HIE barriers and include them in national policy. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • EHR tool developer upgrades check-in app
    Drchrono has recently transformed its patient check-in application OnPatient into a personal health record portal following Google Health's decision to shut down effective Jan. 1. The change in OnPatient will let the company connect its patient portal and doctor EHR applications. eWeek (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Frequent Facebook usage is tied to obesity in study
    Data on 500 Facebook users revealed those who reported having strong ties with their friends showed higher BMI than those who visit the site only occasionally. Social media use was associated with better self-esteem but reduced self-control, which in turn can lead to unhealthy eating habits, researchers reported in the Journal of Consumer Research. The Inquisitr (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • HHS seeks feedback on HIT safety plan
    HHS is seeking public comments as it unveils a safety plan from the ONC to address the possibility that health IT contributes to medical errors. The action program includes strategies and objectives to encourage stakeholders to better organize their plans to boost the safety of HIT. The deadline for comments is Feb. 4. Health Data Management (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PokitDok app lets potential patients name their price
    The PokitDok app allows consumers to search for value among health care providers as travelers might use Priceline: by naming their price. More than a million health care providers participate in the program, which responds to Web-based or mobile requests for a price quote indicating a consumer's budget, payment method and needs, as well as practitioner preference. Doctors have an incentive to join the system to connect with patients paying out of pocket or through a health savings account or flexible spending account, says PokitDok CEO Lisa Maki. GigaOm (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Primary care project connects patients, docs through HIE
    The Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project is now connected to the Michigan Health Information Network. By linking to the state's health information exchange, the patient-centered medical home demonstration enables doctors and case managers to get health information in real time on around 25,000 patients. Government Health IT online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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