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March 6, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • Sequestration to cut Medicare EHR payments
    Sequestration will reduce by 2% the EHR incentive payments going to Medicare providers for services offered, starting April 1. On average, the cuts would cost Medicare-only hospitals, which are averaging $1.87 million in incentive payments, about $37,500, and physicians receiving Medicare EHR incentives would lose a few hundred dollars on average. Medicaid EHR incentives will not be affected. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
Prepare for and mitigate unforeseen events in your datacenter. Read how it's done at Adventist Health Systems. Inside: Steps to Deliver Highly Available Patient Care, Uncover Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities, Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices, A Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery 101 - The Basics. Download now.
  Technology Trends 
  • Allscripts expands with 2 acquisitions
    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has expanded its operations with acquisitions of dbMotion, a data aggregator for population health management, and Jardogs, a provider of patient engagement solutions. "By solidifying our open connectivity strategy and strengthening our patient engagement offerings, we will accelerate information sharing and population health management, enabling better care," said Allscripts President and CEO Paul M. Black. Healthcare Informatics online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Car technology tracks driver's health
    Ford has entered the health care market with the development of ways to use its SYNC technology to monitor a driver's health. SYNC, which is already in 5 million Ford cars, could track the blood pressure, blood sugar and stress of drivers and suggest alternate routes whenever pollen allergy symptoms are identified. Healthcare IT News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leading health system speeds revenue cycle processes and adds visibility
After acquiring five new facilities and placing them all under the same tax ID, Norton Healthcare faced the challenge of bringing four additional billing systems into their processes. Manual and paper-based steps created a lack of visibility, resulting in 37 staff members taking four and a half days to complete one week of remittance transactions. Download the case study.

  EHRs and MU 
  • HIMSS13: Mostashari, other federal experts discuss health IT
    The current health IT landscape calls for a greater focus on meaningful use, interoperability and consumer involvement in health care, National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said during a HIMSS13 panel discussion on Monday. Stage 2 MU is helping advance interoperability and IT can be leveraged to better engage patients in their health, according to other ONC leaders speaking at the conference. Healthcare Informatics online (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio facility reaps gains from medical device, EHR integration
    The Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University has seen faster quality data capture as well as improved patient safety since the facility went live in 2011 with an EMR system that integrates its 700 medical devices, the center's assistant IT director said. Devices involved in the medical device integration include ECG machines, ventilators, patient monitors and glucose monitors. A small team within the hospital's IT department also was formed to manage medical device information. Healthcare IT News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  • House Republicans ask FDA to clarify proposed mHealth regulations
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and other Republican House members have asked FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg via a letter sent on March 1 to provide clarity on the agency's proposal to regulate certain mobile health applications. The legislators expressed concern that manufacturers of mHealth apps, smartphones and tablets could be subjected to the 2.3% excise tax under the health care law if the FDA decides to regulate them as medical devices. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Wristbands used to shed light on student wellness
    An Illinois school district is using a portion of a $15,000 grant through Fuel Up to Play 60 to purchase 60 wristbands made by Fitbit Flex that will track students' steps taken, distance traveled, minutes spent active, calories burned, hours slept and sleep quality. The effort is intended to help curb teenage obesity, and officials said students will take the wristbands home for several days and hopefully use the data to make healthier choices. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siemens nabs HIE contract in Texas
    East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has awarded a health information exchange contract to Siemens Healthcare. As part of the deal, the provider will replace its data sharing system with Siemens MobileMD HIE as it aims to boost its network to reach more than 3,000 doctors, 50 hospitals and 37 counties. (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • Learn Everything You Need to Know About the New Omnibus Privacy & Security Regulations
    A recording of the WEDI online event, "The Omnibus is Here! Survival Guide for the New Privacy and Security Regulations," is available for digital download. Accessible at no cost for WEDI members and only $149 for non-members, the recorded session offers an in-depth review of the revisions to the privacy and security rules, including enforcement and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Download the session. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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