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March 25, 2013
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  • VA partners with U.K. agency to boost health IT
    The Department of Veterans Affairs' health care wing is working with the U.K.'s National Health Service in a collaboration that involves sharing staff, leadership and ideas about health IT adoption. The program is expected to help the organizations address five core challenges: the use of HIT to boost patient outcomes; chronic care management through remote patient monitoring; telehealth; the implementation of mobile health; and effective use of secure messaging for patient-doctor communication. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Online conference instructs doctors in pediatric care
    Dr. Todd Ponsky, a pediatric surgeon at Akron Children's Hospital, shares his knowledge with physicians around the world through online medical education conferences offered by GlobalCastMD, a company he started with another physician four years ago to facilitate continuing education. Participants receive instruction and can also chat with one another and ask questions during the webinars. Akron Children's Hospital provides facilities and equipment, and the company charges a fee that Ponsky says is far less than the expense of traveling to an in-person conference. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online diabetes prevention program developer raises $4.7M
    Omada Health has raised investments amounting to $4.7 million from a recent funding round that included five investors and other unnamed angel investors. The funds will be used by the firm to enhance the launch of its Prevent prediabetes program that integrates online tools, social media and coaching platforms with wireless home monitoring devices. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Kan. health agency releases $46.6M in MU incentives
    Qualified hospitals and providers in Kansas have received a total of $46.6 million for the initial year of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Medicaid EHR meaningful use initiative. "Electronic health records benefit everyone involved -- the patient, the family and the provider -- especially during times when every second counts," said KDHE Secretary Robert Moser. American City Business Journals/Kansas City, Mo. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. hospital fixes outage, regains EHR access
    Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado, which had been without access to its EHRs for nearly two weeks, had its system restored Friday. The problem was caused by a malfunction in a main server. During the downtime, the hospital used paper charts and kept records by hand. Patient data during an eight-hour period on March 12, the day of the outage, was lost, but the rest was recovered. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app helps travelers seek medical care
    A smartphone application has been unveiled by Allianz Global Assistance to help travelers whenever they need emergency medical assistance in foreign countries. Travelers can use the TravelSmart app to locate and communicate with medical facilities in 129 countries. The tool also features a drug dictionary with internationally known names for common medications. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • VSee releases HIPAA-compliant app
    VSee has designed a HIPAA-compliant telemedicine tool that enables patients to consult with their doctors at their homes through video chat. The application also allows physicians to send patients data, such as test results, that can help them better understand their condition. CNET (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Poll shows physicians' views on health care's future
    Data from a Deloitte Center for Health Solutions survey revealed nearly 75% of physicians believe "the best and brightest" would not pursue a career in medicine, and more than 50% said many doctors would retire or cut working hours due in part to health care system changes. Responding doctors also believe that accountable care organizations will play an important role in lessening costs while boosting care quality. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • S.C. legislators support expansion of university telehealth program
    The South Carolina House of Representatives included $8 million for the expansion of a telehealth initiative at the Medical University of South Carolina in its recently approved $22.7 billion state budget. Legislators expect the program's expansion to address some of the health problems in the state by offering specialized care to patients in rural areas. The State (Columbia, S.C.) (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. provider forms ACO with insurer
    A collaborative accountable care organization is being formed through the alliance of North Carolina's Novant Health and Cigna and will begin operations April 1. Under the terms of the deal, the nurses of Novant Health, acting as care coordinators, will work with Cigna case managers and help patients manage their conditions. (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • WEDI holds free webinar to address automation in property and casualty industry
    WEDI recently announced the creation of a new Property and Casualty Electronic Medical Bill (eBill) Sub-Workgroup dedicated to streamlining workers' compensation and auto medical bill and payment processing. To ensure maximum stakeholder participation in this effort, the sub-workgroup is hosting a FREE introductory webinar, "Bringing automation into the Property and Casualty Industry: Overview of eBilling and How it Works," on Thursday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Participants will learn how they can support the subgroup's work by helping to identify successes, remove barriers to eBilling and accelerate and expand industry-wide adoption of eBilling and electronic attachments. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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