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February 12, 2013
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  • HIT workgroup considers alternative approaches to stage 3 MU
    An HIT Policy Committee workgroup has started exploring alternative approaches that could make stage 3 meaningful use more focused on outcomes instead of process measures. Workgroup Chairman Dr. Paul Tang said stage 3 might be a good place to pause as providers work to catch up with stage 1 and stage 2 requirements, and that stage 3 could emphasize aspects that need to advance, including patient engagement and interoperability. Healthcare Informatics online (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Report identifies 5 key HIT-related safety issues
    An ECRI Institute report has identified the five potential safety issues tied to health IT, which include insufficient data transfer between HIT systems and incorrect data input in patient records. The report notes that the environment in which the system operates needs to be part of the consideration of any HIT effort, which includes planning, implementation and ongoing use and assessment. Government Health IT online (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Feds introduce latest version of CONNECT tool
    Version 4.0 of the CONNECT open source tool was launched by the federal government to promote secure health data sharing. Updates in the new version include the ability to use CONNECT on several kinds of application servers as well as increased messaging volumes. Health Data Management (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHR format for pediatric patients is available
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the CMS have introduced a new EHR format for children. Authorized under the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the format features specific functionality and data elements for pediatric patients. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Best-of-breed IT systems are preferred by ED doctors, report finds
    A KLAS report finds best-of-breed emergency department IT systems gained a 59% higher satisfaction rating among doctors than enterprise technologies. Best-of-breed systems garnered higher scores in terms of overall usability, clinical decision support and data accuracy, while enterprise tools gained advantage in care continuity, interoperability and communication. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS to develop system for gathering long-term-care data
    A new records system will be created by the CMS to gather care quality measure data for long-term-care patients. "The quality measure data is required to be valid, meaningful, and feasible to collect, and to address symptom management, patient preferences and avoidable adverse events," according to the agency. Healthcare IT News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Vendor Watch 
  • Report rates EHR vendors on MU attestations
    Epic Systems leads other EHR vendors in complete EHR meaningful use attestations through October, according to a Software Advice report. The report indicated that 23,446 attestations were achieved through the use of an Epic product. Other vendors whose products were used in attestations were Allscripts, eClinicalWorks, NextGen and GE Healthcare, the report said. Healthcare Informatics online (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Registration continues for 2013 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum
    Join colleagues and thought leaders for an intensive day of education, collaboration and networking on Sunday, March 3, at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton Hotel. The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Get more information on the CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum, including registration and hotel information. Only CHIME members are eligible to attend. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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