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March 1, 2013
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  • Prescribing on paper remains widespread, study finds
    A study by MediScripts revealed the use of paper prescriptions was more than 60% higher than use of e-prescriptions in 2012, despite advances in the technology's adoption rates. "Prescribers are considering e-prescribing systems, which are rapidly adapting to meet their needs, but until physicians gain comfort with the technology, many will continue to depend on ... pen and paper," said MediScripts CEO Erez Lapsker. Drug Store News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Joint iEHR still the goal, VA and DOD say
    A joint statement by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department reconfirms their commitment to collaborate on a single, joint EHR project. VA CIO Roger Baker testified at a House hearing on iEHR that the agencies are not moving away from the initiative but will change the strategy used to reach their objective. "In order to achieve the desired data interoperability between both Departments, both 'cores' will conform to an agreed-upon set of standards that enable the secure and interoperable exchange of information," Baker said. Healthcare IT News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry faces challenges amid changing legal medical record rules
    The rules for creating and maintaining legal medical records are creating confusion in the industry. This is especially true as more provider groups operate in an environment that uses a hybrid of electronic and paper records. Suzanne Layne with the Main Line Health System in Pennsylvania will speak on the issue on March 4 at the HIMSS13 conference in New Orleans. Health Data Management (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Practice Fusion buys health apps firm to boost patient engagement
    Practice Fusion, an online EHR system developer, confirmed its acquisition of consumer health application company 100Plus. Aside from developing consumer-facing tools, 100Plus will help Practice Fusion promote its patient engagement strategy by creating apps to improve collaboration between providers and patients. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App delivers fetal heart rate data to providers
    A mobile application, called Essentris Fetal, was launched by CliniComp International to deliver information from fetal heart monitors to the mobile devices of health care providers. The app will be used at the Daughters of Charity Health System in California and integrated into its EMR system. Essentris Fetal can also deliver data on blood oxygen levels and contraction frequency. San Diego Business Journal (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists create app to monitor brain injuries
    An iPad application has been created by a team of scientists from the University of Texas to monitor brain injuries in teen athletes. The app was used in an experiment to examine the effect of "ball heading" on the neurological health of female varsity soccer players. KUSA-TV (Denver) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Skype boosts mental health care delivery
    Skype, the online messaging and calling service, is changing psychology and psychiatry practice by allowing patients to easily consult with mental health specialists remotely, writes Dr. Keith Ablow, a Fox News contributor. Skype offers many advantages, Ablow says, including a wider choice of providers, greater eye contact during sessions and the ability for patients to reach out to their providers right when they experience depression and anxiety. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Learn Everything You Need to Know About the New Omnibus Privacy & Security Regulations
    A recording of the WEDI online event, "The Omnibus is Here! Survival Guide for the New Privacy and Security Regulations," is available for digital download. Accessible at no cost for WEDI members and only $149 for non-members, the recorded session offers an in-depth review of the revisions to the privacy and security rules, including enforcement and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Download the session. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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