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January 7, 2013
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  • CMS postpones HIPAA operating rules deadline
    Enforcement of HIPAA operating rules for transactions has been moved to April, according to a CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services statement. "Industry feedback suggests that HIPAA-covered entities have not reached a threshold whereby a majority of covered entities would be able to be in compliance with operating rules by Jan. 1, 2013," according to the agency. (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • EHR services provider assists docs in MU efforts
    IMedicor announced it has been tapped to be a consultant for the HITECH Act initiative because of its efforts to support the New Jersey HITEC organization. IMedicor's contract with NJ-HITEC has enabled the company to assist more than 300 primary care doctors in qualifying for meaningful use incentives from the ONC. (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • E-mail alerts remind docs to have end-of-life talks with patients
    E-mail reminders could prompt oncologists to have end-of-life conversations with patients who are terminally ill, according to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study, which involved 100 patients with an advanced stage of lung cancer, found that one year after a system was launched to send e-mail alerts to doctors, more than one-third of the subjects had their end-of-life wishes noted in their EHRs, compared with 15% of patients whose end-of-life wishes were recorded before the e-mail program began. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Strong social networks with practical support may improve adherence
    Having a strong social support network might improve prescription adherence, particularly if the network includes practical support, a study sponsored by CVS Caremark found. Practical support includes help with picking up prescriptions, reading drug labels, filling pill boxes and paying for prescriptions. Drug Store News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Officials investigate Kaiser for possible HIPAA violation
    A probe is being conducted by state and federal officials to determine whether a HIPAA privacy rule violation was committed by Kaiser Permanente after the California Department of Public Health found the firm failed to protect the health records of patients at a Southern California hospital. The potential data breach occurred when the company gave the files to Stephan and Liza Dean, who run a document storage firm and who warehoused the files for seven months without a contract in a space that was shared with another business. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BodyMedia unveils new data sharing device
    BodyMedia has unveiled a small and fashionable armband, called CORE 2, that features sensors to collect a wide variety of biometric information. The device can also transmit biometrics to the BodyMedia Web portal and mobile platforms through Bluetooth 4.0. Engadget (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.Y. hospital introduces patient portal in EMR system
    Canton-Potsdam Hospital in upstate New York is enabling some patients to schedule appointments and access health records easily through the "patient portal" it is including in its EMR system. The portal is currently only available to patients at the hospital's clinics, but CPH "is hopeful to be able to offer a similar service to private practices in the future," officials said in a statement. (Potsdam, N.Y.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • ONC seeks members of 2 HIT workgroups
    Applications are being accepted by the ONC for possible members of the Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup and Health IT Standards Committee's Consumer Technology Workgroup. The workgroups, which were created to help consumers and patients understand the benefits of EHRs, have an application deadline of Jan. 14. Healthcare Informatics online (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI HIX Virtual Event: An Overview of Health Insurance Exchange and What It Means to Your Business
    Join us for a day of online virtual education and networking with peers and experts in HIX at the free WEDI HIX Virtual Event: An Overview of Health Insurance Exchange and What It Means to Your Business on Friday, March 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presentation topics include:
    • HIX 101
    • State Approaches
    • NPRM/Final Rules
    • Eligibility and Enrollment - Medicaid
    • Eligibility and Enrollment - GHP
    • Medicare Advantage: Lessons Learned
    • 834 and 820 Transactions
    • Financial Reporting
    • Technical Assistance for Carriers
    Add this free event to your calendar and sign up today! Registration is open! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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