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March 12, 2013
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  • ONC chief shares insights on achieving interoperability
    National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said "a shared responsibility" between the federal government and industry is key to achieving interoperability. Federal HIT officials will need to adopt implementation guides and standards to "reduce the cost and complexity of interfaces," while vendors should work to meet stage 2 meaningful use, he said. "We decided against a regulatory approach to governance. But that means, again, these public-private groups need to step up and create the common rules of the road that people will voluntarily adhere to, and common approaches," Mostashari added. Healthcare IT News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Conn. data breach affects 1,400 patients
    The University of Connecticut Health Center announced a data breach affecting the personal information of around 1,400 patients. The incident occurred when a former staff member inappropriately accessed patient records. Compromised data included patient names and birth dates, as well as Social Security numbers. Health Data Management (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Poll finds decreasing satisfaction among EHR users
    The number of EHR users who said they are satisfied with the technology dropped 12% between 2010 and 2012, according to an analysis of multiple surveys involving 4,279 respondents by the American College of Physicians and AmericanEHR Partners. Issues tied to ease of use, workflows and patient care enhancement were cited as the biggest concerns surrounding EHRs. Healthcare Informatics online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Campaign uses texting game to address teen pregnancy issues
    The New York City Human Resources Administration has unveiled the Teen Pregnancy Prevention campaign that aims to help young people realize the consequences of unplanned teen pregnancy. The initiative uses social media and an interactive texting game that offers choices in various scenarios to depict issues surrounding teen pregnancy. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • New tool evaluates patients' readmission risks
    A new tool, called the IMRS-HF, was created by the Intermountain Heart Institute to boost health care delivery to patients with heart failure and avoid hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. "When implemented, this gives physicians an effective, real-time tool to help assure patients are in a healthy position for discharge," said Benjamin Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Heart Institute. Healthcare Finance News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vitality, CVS Caremark collaborate on medication adherence trial
    Vitality is working with CVS Caremark on a randomized control trial that will examine the effects of using sweepstakes to enhance patients' medication adherence. The study, which will involve 800 patients with high cholesterol levels, will leverage Vitality's GlowCap pill container caps and set up monetary rewards for patients for different levels of medication adherence. Recruitment for the trial will begin this month. (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ky. groups, NeHC push patient engagement efforts
    The National eHealth Collaborative is partnering with Northern Kentucky University, the Kentucky Regional Extension Centers and the Kentucky Health Information Exchange in an initiative to adopt NeHC's Consumer eHealth Readiness Tool to improve patient engagement in the state. "Patient engagement is a key factor for Kentucky providers seeking to qualify for meaningful use stage 2 incentives and an important part of Kentucky's plan for health care reform," said Polly Mullins-Bentley, assistant director of the Governor's Office of Electronic Health Information. Healthcare Informatics online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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