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January 16, 2013
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  • HIMSS data show how EHR incentives affect IT use in hospitals
    HIMSS Analytics has released data indicating that federal EHR incentive initiatives have played a role in boosting IT adoption at hospitals over five calendar quarters starting in the third quarter of 2011. The data also show the number of hospitals with HIMSS' Stage 7 ranking -- those with the most advanced EHR systems in place -- has grown by 63% while the number of Stage 5 and Stage 6 hospitals has grown by more than 80% during that time frame. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • EHR adoption among family docs could reach 80% this year
    Sixty-eight percent of family physicians in the U.S. used EHRs in 2011, and that figure could reach 80% this year if the growth in EHR adoption continues, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers reported that EHR adoption rates varied across the U.S., with the highest in Utah at close to 95% and the lowest in North Dakota at 47%. HealthDay News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Developers get help with 2014 EHR testing criteria
    Drummond Group has issued the Decision Guide to 2014 Edition, which is intended to ease the decision-making process for vendors to satisfy the second stage of meaningful use mandates. The self-help tool is meant to assist EHR vendors in evaluating their software development status as well as in choosing the 2014 Edition criteria that best apply to their systems. Healthcare IT News (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME cautions against setting unrealistic stage 3 MU goals
    CHIME has asked the Health IT Policy Committee to pursue a thorough review of what has been achieved so far under the meaningful use program to avoid setting unrealistic measures and goals for hospitals in stage 3 of the initiative. In its comment letter on the stage 3 MU proposal, CHIME urged that stage 3 time frames should be "linked to and preceded by proven HIE capabilities," among other recommendations. Healthcare Informatics online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Orca Health boosts applications' content through partnership deal
    Orca Health and Harvard Medical School have formed a partnership to boost the content of Orca's medical reference tools such as the HeartDecide app. Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School's publishing unit, has added text, art and video content to HeartDecide. In addition, Harvard helped Orca create iBooks that discuss topics related to several cardiovascular conditions. All Things D (1/15), (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Health 2.0, NYeC launch innovation challenge
    The Patient Portal for New Yorkers Design Challenge, launched by Health 2.0 and the New York eHealth Collaborative, is calling on developers and designers to create prototypes of a statewide portal that patients can use to view medical records. Winners will receive $25,000 in prizes. The deadline for entries is April 11. Healthcare Informatics online (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health insurers use fitness apps to promote wellness
    Health insurers are using smartphone fitness applications to promote and manage wellness programs and make it easier for physicians to talk with patients about weight loss. Aetna has the Passage app, developed with Microsoft, that lets people synchronize their activities and experience a virtual tour for their workout, while Cigna has a bundle pack of four apps available for free to the first 20,000 users. American Medical News (free content) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Text messages may help teens adopt healthier habits
    A one-year trial found teens prefer healthy lifestyle text messages from nutrition professionals that recommend specific and attainable habits. The increased usage of smartphones may offer a new avenue to help teens pursue healthier lifestyles, a researcher said. The findings were published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. HIE welcomes 4 new health groups
    The Florida Health Information Exchange is expanding with the addition of four health care organizations including NCH Healthcare System and Central Florida HIT Initiative. "We are pleased to continue to have more participants join the exchange and to see increased use of electronic health records throughout Florida," said Liz Dudek, secretary of the state's Agency for Health Care Administration. The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI employment opportunity: Administration & Member Services Coordinator
    WEDI is seeking a knowledgeable, determined and organized Administration and Member Services Coordinator who will be responsible for helping to administer the membership and sponsorship activities of WEDI. This position works closely with the VP of Development & External Affairs, as well as the Director of Marketing, in identifying prospective WEDI members, providing dues invoices and payment follow-up. Other duties include office administration and serving as the administrative liaison to the WEDI Board of Directors. The full job description and application are located on the WEDI website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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