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March 14, 2013
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  • FDA regulation of mHealth apps to be subject of hearings
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold hearings next week to discuss how mobile health applications should be regulated by the FDA. Earlier this month, panel members sent a letter to the FDA citing concerns that developers could be subject to a tax under the Affordable Care Act if the agency classifies such apps as medical devices. The Washington Post/Post Tech blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Experts clear up 10 common myths about HIT usability
    Nancy Staggers of the University of Maryland's School of Nursing and Lorraine Chapman of Macadamian Technologies identified the 10 myths often associated with the usability of health IT systems during a presentation at HIMSS13 last week. These include the misconceptions that providers aren't comfortable with technology and that medical professionals want all their data on a single screen. Health Data Management (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report cites security as biggest cloud worry among nonusers
    Cloud computing received an average 4.5 out of 5 satisfaction rating on security among users of the technology, according to a KLAS report. Among nonusers, however, security was cited as the primary concern preventing them from adopting the technology, followed by concerns about uptime or reliability, loss of control, cost and integration. Government Health IT online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Talent shortage hinders health IT deployments, report says
    Health IT deployments are being hindered by a shortage of tech skills, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report says. The analysis cites a CHIME survey that indicated 67% of health IT leaders said they lack staff, and 59% say the staffing issue is a challenge in meeting federal requirements for EHRs. "It's also a shortage of people with the skills to marry technological savvy with business strategy as health care becomes more connected, coordinated and accountable," PwC's Daniel Garrett says. Computerworld (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MediSafe 2.0 offers medication data sharing feature
    A new version of the MediSafe Project application was launched to help doctors monitor patients in between office visits. Additional features in MediSafe Project version 2.0 include a tool that lets patients send personalized medication adherence statistics to doctors, as well as the Refill Reminder that allows users to change how far in advance they want to get reminders about prescription refills. (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • UCLA studying program to spot increasing brain pressure in patients
    A partnership has been formed by the University of California, Los Angeles, IBM and Excel Medical Electronics to look at the efficiency of a real-time system that can identify and predict increasing brain pressure in traumatic brain injury patients. "We believe that UCLA's promising research may one day transform the way that doctors and nurses interact with patients inside the neuro-intensive care unit," said Dr. Martin Kohn, chief medical scientist at IBM Research. Healthcare Informatics online (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Celebrity's foundation lauded for helping needy with telemedicine
    The American Telemedicine Association has chosen celebrity Jennifer Lopez and her Lopez Family Foundation to receive the ATA Humanitarian Award. "ATA is honoring Jennifer Lopez and the Lopez Family Foundation for the amazing impact they have made with at-risk mothers and children, as well as the attention they have brought to telemedicine as a tool for modern, equitable health care," said ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • 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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