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November 15, 2012
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  • Hospitals look to patient flow solutions to address crowding
    Data from CapSite's "2012 U.S. Patient Flow Study" showed 31% of U.S. hospitals are planning to invest in patient flow solutions to help reduce crowding. According to federal data, patient emergency department visits rose 32% from 1999 to 2009 and wait times increased 27% from 2003 to 2009. Healthcare IT News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Group asks HHS, DOJ for ways to boost EHR, billing compliance
    The American Hospital Association has presented a letter to HHS and the Justice Department seeking to clarify how hospitals could bolster EHR use when billing Medicare and Medicaid. Creating national guidelines for hospital assessment and management services coding, having more discussion of compliance concerns and improving knowledge of functionalities embedded in EHRs are three areas that hospitals and the government must work on so billing requirements can be met, the AHA's president and CEO said. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are you ready for machine learning?
With the advent of big data, the amount of data and our ability to process it has increased exponentially. It's an environment perfectly suited for machine learning. So how can you make it part of your analytic infrastructure? This e-book highlights the capabilities of machine learning, and best practices you can implement to take full advantage of it. Download Here.
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Insurer, hospitals partner to form ACO in San Francisco
    Health Net of California has partnered with several hospitals in San Francisco to create an accountable care organization targeted at University of California employees working or living in the area. The effort moves area providers and patients to a care model in which the traditional obstacles to efficient, integrated and coordinated care can be removed, a hospital official said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insole plus app provides portable gait analysis
    A professor at the University of Utah is developing a gel insole containing sensors that works with a smartphone application to give users feedback on how they walk. Designed for people with an artificial leg, a hip replacement or a broken leg, Stacy Bamberg's Rapid Rehab system allows users and their therapists to monitor gait outside of the laboratory. Gizmag (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Health care suppliers urge quicker timeline for device ID rule
    The Healthcare Supply Chain Association has called on the FDA to reduce from seven years to three years the time frame for enacting a unique device identifier system for medical devices. "[P]atient safety outcomes far outweigh any rationale, economic or otherwise, for such a prolonged phase-in," the group wrote in a comment letter sent to the FDA. Health Data Management (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Device creates 3D images of wounds
    Eykona Medical, a University of Oxford spinoff, has developed a mobile imaging system that uses two cameras and four high-powered flash modules to create 3D images of wounds. Software estimates the wound's size, depth and skin tone and allows color changes to be tracked over time. Electronics Weekly (U.K.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • WEDI National Conference in Las Vegas -- call for proposals
    WEDI is inviting individuals and companies to submit presentation proposals to be considered for the WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference to be held May 13-16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference is expected to attract more than 500 health information management professionals to learn the latest in the management of health information and technologies. We need you to share your expertise, successes and ideas with your peers! Learn more and submit a proposal. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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