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January 29, 2013
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  • Health-tracking apps and devices catch on slowly
    Sixty-nine percent of American adults monitor at least one aspect of their health, and 21% of those who do use some form of technology, such as a smartphone application or an electronic device, a Pew Research Center survey found. "It turns out that half of trackers say they are keeping track of progress just in their heads," said Susannah Fox of the center's Internet and American Life Project. Some apps transmit data to users' doctors, enabling them to spot early warning signs and adjust treatment accordingly, and many patients who have used digital health technology said it prompted conversations with their doctors. (1/28), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • AHA, ACCF boost care with EHR data elements, cardiology definitions
    A set of standard definitions for cardiology and EHR data elements was recently developed by the American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association to boost communication among health care professionals. "We hope that these data definitions can advance research and clinical care, to increase the adoption of both proven old therapies and new innovations in cardiology," said Dr. Christopher Cannon, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and chairman of the writing committee. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. system uses EHR to help control hypertension
    An EHR system deployed in 2011 has helped NorthShore University Health System improve its efforts to help screen for hypertension across its outpatient population. The Evanston, Ill.-based health system, which won first place in this year's Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards, used the system to identify undiagnosed hypertension in patients in its multispecialty medical network. Healthcare Informatics online (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • University offers incentive for online wellness programs
    The University of Michigan for a fifth consecutive year is giving $100 to insured employees who take part in online wellness programs. In the past, the MHealthy Project has led to lower health costs and absenteeism rates. Karen Schmidt, senior manager of the program, says it is moving employees from high-risk levels to lower-risk categories. (Mich.) (1/27) 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.

  Technology Trends 
  • Study: Patients not satisfied with use of CDS systems
    A study published in Medical Decision Making has linked the use of clinical decision-support systems to increasing patient dissatisfaction. The software may lead to a greater number of patients not carrying out doctors' treatment instructions, the study found. "Patients may be concerned that the decision aids reduce their face-to-face time with physicians," said researcher Victoria Shaffer from the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. The researchers plan to study whether improving patient awareness of the advantages of CDS systems could boost compliance with doctors' instructions. (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHNAC exec offers 5 ways to brace for OCR audits
    The HHS Office for Civil Rights aims to intensify its compliance audits this year in a bid to combat data breaches. Lee Barrett of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission recommends five steps for hospitals to prepare for a possible OCR audit, starting with ensuring compliance with HITECH and HIPAA provisions on data privacy, security and confidentiality. Healthcare IT News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Career Track 
  • AHRQ announces search for members of 2 QI workgroups
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is looking for members for two contracted workgroups that will be responsible for improving and launching new AHRQ quality indicators. Selection of workgroup members will be based on criteria such as understanding of health care quality metrics and health care experience. Healthcare IT News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • Take the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey
    The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting a survey of ICD-10 preparedness. The questions are geared toward an organization's status and how the one-year delay affected plans. The information will be used to inform WEDI, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other organizations about the state of ICD-10 readiness. It also can help plan how to assist vendors, health plans and health care providers in meeting the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. All types of health care organizations are encouraged to participate in the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey online. The survey closes Feb. 20. For more information, contact Samantha Holvey at WEDI (202-618-8803). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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