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September 18, 2012
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  • VA, HHS show the use of privacy standards to securely transmit data
    The Department of Veterans Affairs and HHS have performed a demonstration of the Data Segmentation for Privacy Initiative standards to enable the responsible sharing of sensitive health data and to adhere to confidentiality policies and laws surrounding EHRs. The demonstration showed how the agencies use the measures identified in the DS4P program to securely and safely send a mock patient's records of substance abuse treatment marked with privacy metadata from one EHR system to another. Healthcare Informatics online (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Nine Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos
With the amount of information today's healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper you'll find nine tips to cope with this chaos and give it the order your patients and staff so desperately need. Download white paper now.

  EHRs and MU 
  • 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
EHR Replacement: Making a Successful Transition
Did you know 49% of providers are switching EHRs? Join Michelle Holmes and John Whitham from ECG Management Consultants on September 25th, at a Webinar that will explain why physicians are seeking to change EHRs. They will also offer transition tips and other advice detailing how to make the right choice the second time around. They will be joined by representatives from a clinic that will share its EHR replacement experience. Register Now.
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Telehealth firm develops software for surgeries
    Telehealth firm Vipaar has released an interactive platform that could aid hospitals in boosting the number of surgeries they perform by allowing for remote consultations. The software enables surgeons to conduct procedures before a wide audience who can see the surgeries in several sites. (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Mass. eye, ear health group to settle with HHS
    The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates is set to pay HHS $1.5 million in a settlement reached over possible HIPAA Security Rule violations. Officials from the agency also announced that MEEI needs to conduct corrective action to safeguard patients' privacy and secure their protected health data. Healthcare IT News (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lilly looks to expand social media presence
    Eli Lilly & Co. has blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and a YouTube channel focusing on a variety of initiatives, such as public policy, open innovation research ideas and the company's philanthropic endeavors. The company recently developed social media guidelines and hopes to expand its social media presence without running afoul of regulators to communicate with patients about diseases and Lilly drugs. Social media "should not be an add-on," said Greg Kueterman, Lilly's director of public policy issues. "It should always be part of the consideration," he said. blog (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Medical images not immune from social media image sharing
    The availability and accessibility of social networking sites have now made it possible for patients to share medical images with friends in real time, but they have also made it possible for total strangers to view those same images, according to this article. In some cases, the posting of images -- some of which were actually shared by hospital employees and not patients -- has inadvertently allowed strangers to view important information, such as a patient's name, date of birth and the date when the test was performed. Writer David Fuhriman predicts this new reality in image sharing will affect patient privacy, malpractice and the perception of hospitals and radiology organizations. Diagnostic Imaging (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHR developer unveils data sharing tool
    A peer-to-peer communications tool, dubbed Join The Network, has been unveiled by eClinicalWorks, a developer of ambulatory EHRs, to allow doctors to collaborate with each other regardless of their EHR system. The company is adding $10 million of investments in the interoperability initiative within the next year to further link physician practices and augment the platform. Healthcare IT News (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Update your knowledge base with WEDI University
    WEDI announces the launch of WEDI University, health IT's new library of pre-recorded industry webcasts. Available to members and nonmembers, WEDI University is home to the organization's most popular and timely online presentations. All purchased programs include video, audio and Q&A, allowing virtual attendees to experience the session exactly as it occurred. New webcasts are added to WEDI University on a regular basis -- several at a reduced price. Visit WEDI University and access recorded presentations that cover the industry's hottest topics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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