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March 19, 2013
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  • Survey to look at HIPAA audit program
    The HHS Office for Civil Rights will survey providers, payers and claims clearinghouses that participated in a HIPAA audit pilot program to learn more about the pilot and improve the initiative. Several issues will be covered in the survey, such as how the program affected daily business operations and whether it enhanced HIPAA compliance. The agency is set to launch a permanent audit program in fiscal 2014. Health Data Management (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Website features CMS' patient-safety incident reports
    A public website containing CMS' hospital patient-safety incident reports has been unveiled by the Association of Health Care Journalists. Users can search the reports by hospital, state or specific search terms. "Being able to easily review the performance of your local hospital is vital for health care journalists and for the public," said AHCJ President Charles Ornstein, a senior reporter at ProPublica. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cerner's Labotix buy will support high-volume lab specimen testing
    Cerner announced its acquisition of Labotix Automation, a developer of an automated specimen sorting platform. The deal will integrate Labotix's Rapid Response Universal Specimen Handling system with Cerner's Copath anatomic pathology system and Millennium clinical software suite to enable processing of a high volume of laboratory specimens. Health Data Management (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Open-source EMR is helping to improve care worldwide, AHRQ says
    An open-source EMR designed by Partners In Health and the Regenstrief Institute in Indiana is helping to improve care delivery in the U.S., Europe, Canada and developing countries, according to an AHRQ report. The technology, called OpenMRS, was based on an AHRQ-funded study that identified the key factors for effective EMR design and rollouts. Healthcare IT News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. EMR firm announces data breach
    A data breach affecting 200 patients at six practices was announced by EMR provider Lawrence Melrose Medical Electronic Record. The breach occurred when an unauthorized employee improperly viewed the patients' EMRs. Compromised data included patient names, health insurance information and Social Security numbers. Healthcare IT News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app measures user's pulse
    Fujitsu Laboratories says it has designed software that works on tablets or smartphones and is capable of examining the hemoglobin in a person's face and measuring the user's pulse. "Even at a busy workplace, or any time a person is sitting in front of a PC, whether for teleconferencing or writing e-mails, their pulse can be measured during brief moments of quiet," a company statement says. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Walgreens boosts mobile app's features
    Walgreens has enhanced its mobile application with the addition of new health features, such as a tool to help users monitor their BMI and weight loss, as well as the ability to access a medical reference encyclopedia. Drug Store News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • CEO shares views on tech-driven strategies for ACO transition
    Health groups can leverage tools that enhance quality across the care continuum to succeed in the move to accountable care organizations, writes Dr. Charles Kennedy, CEO of accountable care solutions at Aetna. These include workflow tools that enable more efficient and coordinated care, patient engagement systems and data-driven population health analytics, he notes. Government Health IT online (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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