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February 13, 2013
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  Technology Trends 
 
Leading health system speeds revenue cycle processes and adds visibility
After acquiring five new facilities and placing them all under the same tax ID, Norton Healthcare faced the challenge of bringing four additional billing systems into their processes. Manual and paper-based steps created a lack of visibility, resulting in 37 staff members taking four and a half days to complete one week of remittance transactions. Download the case study.

  EHRs and MU 
  • Federal officials make the case for EHR usability
    EHRs need to be usable, benefit doctors and work with a health care facility's systems so as not to waste the investment made on these technologies, officials with the ONC and National Institute of Standards and Technology said at a recent conference. Meaningful use certification and keeping the provider end-user in mind when designing EHRs are some ways to achieve EHR usability, experts said. Healthcare IT News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency to award grants for stage 3 MU studies
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will award grants of as much as $250,000 in support of research designed to assess the implementation of proposed stage 3 meaningful use objectives among health care providers and facilities. The deadline for submission of applications is March 28. Health Data Management (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  mHealth 
  • Med student designs free health app
    Craig Monsen, a medical student at Johns Hopkins University, has developed a website and mobile health application called Symcat to help people more accurately diagnose their medical problems. The free app compares users' symptoms and backgrounds with the health records stored in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's bio-surveillance program to evaluate their conditions. CNBC (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RadSnap app allows for image consultation
    Dr. Roland Talanow, founder of nonprofit radiology group Radiolopolis, has launched an application called RadSnap. The free app, compatible with iPhones, iPads and Android devices, allows physicians to take and share a medical image with Radiolopolis-affiliated experts for consultation. The app is intended for physicians who have limited access to other clinicians for second opinions, such as those who work in remote areas. Talanow said he is collaborating with PACS companies for the integration of the RadSnap app into their systems. A desktop version is also being created. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Facebook could help people prevent HIV infection, study says
    Social networking tools including Facebook show promise in helping prevent HIV infection among people who belong to at-risk groups, according to a study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. "This study helps direct us toward that goal by suggesting that participants will use social media to learn about HIV prevention and that those who talk about HIV prevention over social networking groups are not just talking about it -- they are acting on their words by getting an HIV test," said researcher Sean Young. Healthcare Informatics online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocacy group releases electronic tools guide for cancer treatment
    The Health IT Cancer Resource Guide has been released by the eHealth Initiative to help patients and providers learn about electronic tools, such as mobile applications and social networks, that they can use for cancer management. The advocacy group uses five categories -- information and treatment management, decision making, social support, lifestyle management and education -- to explain the 76 tools in the guide. Health Data Management (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HIE 
  • HHS encourages e-patients with new effort
    HHS announced plans to create a broad shift to a less hierarchical health care system and give patients and families a greater role in their own care. A new initiative aims to expand patients' access to EHRs, mobile health applications and devices, and secure electronic messaging between patients and providers, according to an article published in the journal Health Affairs. "Engaged patients ... are more likely than others to participate in preventive and healthy practices, self-manage their conditions and achieve better outcomes," said National Health IT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Omnibus Virtual Event – This Friday, Feb. 15!
    It's not too late to register for this week's FREE WEDI Virtual Event, "The Omnibus is Here! Survival Guide for the New Privacy & Security Regulations," on Friday, Feb. 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The online event offers detailed sessions delivered by industry experts that address the revisions to the privacy and security rules, including enforcement and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Sessions include:
    • Level Setting - The Omnibus
    • Uses and Disclosures, and
    • Breach and Risk Assessment.
    View the agenda and list of speakers on the event information page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Take the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey
    The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting a survey of ICD-10 preparedness. The questions are geared toward an organization's status and how the one-year delay affected plans. The information will be used to inform WEDI, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other organizations about the state of ICD-10 readiness. It also can help plan how to assist vendors, health plans and health care providers in meeting the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. All types of health care organizations are encouraged to participate in the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey online. The survey closes Feb. 20. For more information, contact Samantha Holvey at WEDI (202-618-8803). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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