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March 7, 2013
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  • ICD-10 transition to move forward, CMS says
    CMS announced that the shift to ICD-10 codes will continue without additional delays, meaning providers must begin using the new codes Oct. 1, 2014. "Many in the health industry are under way with the necessary system changes to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Halting this progress midstream would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits of these investments," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. American Medical News (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Achieve Better Healthcare Results With The Right HIT Strategy
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  Technology Trends 
 
  • Data mining IDs unreported drug interaction
    A study that used Internet data mining techniques found a side effect of combining paroxetine and pravastatin before it was detected by the FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System. Analysis of Web queries entered by 6 million Internet users found that patients taking both drugs are more at risk of hyperglycemia than those taking just one of the two therapies. The approach offers a valuable tool for public health, researchers said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hiring, retaining IT workers a big worry for health care vendors
    A survey of health care firms indicates hiring and retaining IT workers is an increasing concern, with 21% of those polled worried they won't have the expertise to build e-health systems. Tech skill hiring beat out concerns about cost, product availability and user buy-in, and more than half of respondents expect to boost IT staff in the upcoming year. Computerworld (3/4) 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.
  EHRs and MU 
 
  • ONC finds increased EHR use among U.S. hospitals
    Data from the ONC revealed 44.4% of acute-care hospitals in the U.S. had a basic EHR system last year, up from 12.2% in 2009. Adoption rates were highest in South Dakota, Rhode Island and Colorado, while New Hampshire, New Mexico and Kansas hospitals had the lowest rates. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
For Healthcare IT, It’s All About the ROI
Consumer technology influences the way we interact with information and healthcare solutions must accommodate the way we work. Who wants to push a cart around a 10-acre campus when he or she could carry an iPad instead? More importantly, what patient wants to repeatedly produce his or her insurance information when visiting different departments within the same healthcare organization? Discover what is most important to consider to get the most out of healthcare IT.

  mHealth 
  • Startup to use mobile app, online tool to boost care delivery
    Diagnotes, a startup in Indianapolis, is set to introduce an innovative strategy that will help on-call doctors offer faster care to patients. The initiative will leverage a smartphone application, called Diagnotes Mobile, to securely transmit patient data to physicians and clinicians. Another component of the innovation is the Diagnotes Manager online tool that updates patient records and monitors follow-up care. MedCityNews.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile oncology app from ONCOassist gets CE mark
    ONCOassist has received the CE mark in Europe for a smartphone application designed to give oncologists mobile access to point-of-care clinical decision support tools. The ONCOassist app was designed for the iPad and iPhone, but the Irish company plans to have the technology available for Android devices in six to 12 months. Silicon Republic (Ireland) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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  HIE 
  • MU efforts could be delaying HIE development, expert says
    Federal meaningful use mandates could be impeding the growth of health information exchanges, Paul de Bazin of Orion Health said. As providers scramble to meet the stages 1 and 2 MU requirements, they have limited time and expertise to deal with HIE efforts. "In the end, it's not the technical challenges that are the barriers, the hurdles. It's all about the politics, and these days, more than the politics, it's about the resources," he said. EHR Intelligence (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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