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September 27, 2012
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 Nine Tips to Bring Order to Hospital Communications Chaos
With the amount of information today's healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper you'll find nine tips to cope with this chaos and give it the order your patients and staff so desperately need. Download white paper now.

  EHRs and MU 
  • ONC looks at boosting IT use in behavioral health
    A summary of findings has been released by the ONC regarding the development of a strategy to boost IT adoption in behavioral health. The findings recap suggestions from participants in a July roundtable discussion and include the need for strategies to enhance EHR use and the provision of technical assistance to behavioral health workers who are using EHRs. Health Data Management (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • NCQA program helps provider groups prove ACO status
    The National Committee for Quality Assurance is offering a program to certify provider groups as accountable care organizations based on measures related to processes of care for specific conditions and patient groups, as well as measures pertaining to medication management and care coordination, among other criteria. The committee plans to release a list of the first ACOs that have passed the accreditation review by year's end. HealthLeaders Media (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mayo Clinic helps Navajo Nation patients through telestroke deal
    A telestroke initiative was extended by Mayo Clinic to the people of Arizona's Tuba City, the largest Navajo Nation city, through a deal with Tuba City Regional Health Care. The program enables stroke neurologists from Mayo to consult with emergency room doctors in rural areas and help them examine patients experiencing stroke symptoms through smartphone technology, computers, laptops or portable tablets. Healthcare IT News (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Graphic: Mobile health apps to increase access, reduce costs
    Health-related mobile applications now top 40,000, according to this infographic, which also shows that the number of people who downloaded health apps doubled in 2012 from a year earlier. Bold predictions about the influence of the apps include a doubling of health care access for rural patients, a 24% reduction in administrative costs and a 25% reduction in health care costs. Mashable (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • McKesson acquiring population health tools developer
    McKesson will acquire MedVentive, a developer of risk management and population health tools based in Waltham, Mass. "Together MedVentive and McKesson will offer the expertise and tools to help improve the quality of care, create financial transparency, and support care collaboration across the continuum," said Dr. Jonathan Niloff, MedVentive founder. Healthcare IT News (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT company unveils platform to reduce waiting times at docs' offices
    A flexible platform that uses a HIPAA-compliant Facebook application was recently created by health IT firm RegisterPatient to reduce waiting times at physicians' offices. The system assists patients in initiating the registration process from home. It also allows them to schedule consultations and transmit secure documents and messages to doctors. (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Calif. Health eQuality program to adopt HIE tool
    The California Health eQuality program is set to boost the capacity of underserved communities to electronically share and access health care data such as laboratory results and immunization records. The program is the result of an agreement with the California Health and Human Services Agency, which is funding $17.5 million for the 16-month initiative. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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