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January 22, 2013
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  • CMS issues guidance on changes to stage 1 MU rules
    New guidance released by CMS details updates to the stage 1 meaningful use requirements for EHRs. These updates, which are now in effect for calendar year and fiscal year 2013, include measures related to computerized physician order entry systems, e-prescribing and electronic clinical data exchange. Health Data Management (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Health care groups give $4.25M to community health centers
    A first round of grants totaling $4.25 million will be given by Partners HealthCare and Neighborhood Health Plan to all community health centers affiliated with the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. The organizations expect the CHCs to use the funds for health IT systems adoption, medical coding and meaningful use training, as well as performance improvement initiatives. Government Health IT online (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C.'s Rex Hospital uses tool to tie hemodynamic data to EHRs
    Rex Hospital has adopted Merge Healthcare's Merge Hemo system to automate and integrate its cardiac catheter records into patients' EHRs. The platform promotes workflow efficiency by compiling patients' hemodynamic data on a single online screen and allowing doctors and technicians to view and update information from any location. Health Tech Zone (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Mo. hospital patients get prescriptions filled before discharge
    The Mobile Pharmacy program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is helping patients get their prescriptions filled before they are discharged to reduce noncompliance and readmissions. Staff use a BlackBerry application that lets patients pay their insurance copays at bedside, and prescriptions are delivered to their hospital room within 60 minutes. KMOX-AM (St. Louis) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app helps patients determine benefits from hernia surgery
    A free mobile health application was developed by Dr. Todd Heniford, a surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center, and his colleagues to help hernia patients weigh the benefits of hernia repair surgery. The app is supported by a mathematical equation, which was based on research involving more than 1,700 hernia surgery patients in different countries, to help users determine their chances of experiencing chronic pain and discomfort after surgery. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alliance Healthcare, Final Support unite to establish new firm
    A company named Quatris was recently established through the merger of Final Support and Alliance Healthcare Solutions, both of which are GE Healthcare EHR system resellers. "GE Healthcare looks forward to continuing to work closely with Quatris as this combined organization extends its reach to grow the Centricity business," said Jack Salerno, GE Healthcare's commercial channels general manager. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes management systems from Glooko get FDA OK
    Glooko has been cleared by the FDA to market its suite of nonprescription diabetes management systems intended to make it easier to measure food intake, glucometer readings and other key parameters. The clearance applies to the company's MeterSync Cable, Logbook application and Logbook Charts. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketing issues crimp apps that remind people to take medication
    Mobile applications are helping some patients remember to take their medications, said NEHI, the former New England Healthcare Institute, which reports the U.S. health care system loses $290 billion annually because up to half of all patients fail to take their medicine. NEHI said tools such as the MediSafe app and Vitality GlowCaps have helped push up adherence, but relatively few patients have downloaded these apps, which the group views as a failure to effectively market the solutions. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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