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March 26, 2013
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  • Call for revised HIT framework gets a boost at House hearing
    The Health IT Now Coalition has expressed optimism that Congress will heed its calls to modify the current health IT framework, which Executive Director Joel White said is "outdated." During a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing on health IT last week, Jim Bialick of the Newborn Coalition urged Congress to craft regulations that promote innovation while ensuring patient safety. Healthcare IT News (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • GMI to offer VidiStar software
    PACS provider VidiStar has entered an agreement with Global Medical Imaging, a provider of imaging systems and services. Under the deal, GMI will offer VidiStar's PACS and reporting system to its nuclear medicine and ultrasound clients. (free registration) (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Allscripts withdraws EHR suit against NYC delivery system
    A lawsuit against New York City Health and Hospitals brought by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in December has been dropped. Allscripts filed the suit after New York City Health and Hospitals awarded Epic Systems an EHR contract worth more than $300 million. Allscripts alleged that the award was not based on fair competition and that a reasonable basis for the decision was not provided. Health Data Management (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • ACO success hinges on systemic change, exec says
    Accountable care organizations need to adopt systemic change to achieve the goals of better care quality at reduced costs, said Jim Hansen, vice president of Lumeris' Accountable Delivery System Institute. Hansen coined the term ACO 2.0 to refer to groups that can embrace systemic change, which he said involves doctor buy-in and greater patient involvement as well as IT adoption. Healthcare IT News (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Staffa Health reports gains with use of Avaya solution
    Staffa Health Group said it is seeing positive results from the use of Avaya's IP Office 500 solution, such as an improvement in communications between patients and providers and reduction in costs. "We've already had excellent feedback by patients on our geographical number system, which helps ensure that each patient goes right to the appropriate staffer who can help them best," Staffa Health Group practice manager Valerie Beattie said. The Avaya system offers easy video solutions. (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mostashari: Interoperability will hit its stride in 2 years
    The health IT industry will see big strides in interoperability over the next two years, especially once the 2014 meaningful use certification standards kick in, National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said at a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing last week. "We are using every lever at our disposal to increase the sharing of information," he said. Healthcare IT News (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. works with EU to strengthen eHealth cooperation
    HHS has teamed up with the European Union Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology on implementing a strategy for improving transatlantic eHealth collaboration. The agencies will work together to expedite the widespread use of transnational interoperability standards for electronic health data and communication technology, as well as to develop a bigger pool of highly skilled health IT workers. Healthcare Informatics online (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Town Hall: Findings from ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey
    Join us on Thursday, April 11, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET as WEDI presents to members its key findings and observations from the February 2013 WEDI ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey. The webinar will cover:
    • Progress of plans, providers and vendors
    • Comparisons to past survey results
    • The impact of the one-year delay in the compliance date
    Following the presentation, we will field questions and allow attendees to offer their perspectives about what the industry needs to be doing in 2013 and beyond. Register now. Not a WEDI member? Join WEDI today! The ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey results will be shared with non-WEDI members in a webinar on April 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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