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November 13, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • Comments are sought on stage 3 meaningful use proposals
    The Health IT Policy Committee is set to issue a request for public comments on its proposed meaningful use requirements for the final stage of the EHR incentive effort. The group also seeks feedback on how to integrate consumer-reported information into clinical quality measures, which have been a component of MU specifications since the launch of the program. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • EHR adoption challenges remain, despite Obama's re-election
    President Barack Obama's re-election means the Affordable Care Act will proceed, but the complexity of EHR adoption remains. Some experts say the evolving health IT landscape will continue to put a strain on providers as they comply with meaningful use requirements, privacy and security regulations, new reimbursement schemes and other federal mandates. Government Health IT online (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 reasons why health groups should put off cloud adoption
    Moving to a cloud IT environment offers some business advantages such as better flexibility and lower costs, but also presents risks, Velocity Data Centers President Steve Jacobs says. Jacobs offers five reasons health groups should defer migrating to the cloud, including data security threats and the fragile nature of the technology during emergencies. Healthcare IT News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • NIH database on integrated genetics is launched
    The NIH's new ClinVar database integrates data from dozens of databases and allows clinical testing laboratories to deposit their data. The database describes diseases using standard nomenclature, allows data to be incorporated into other software and supports complex searches. "It provides a forum that is computer readable for people to develop tools to find connections between genetics and disease," said James Ostell, chief of the National Center for Biotechnology Information's engineering branch. Nature (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Provider reference grids for stages 1 and 2 MU get an update
    The ONC has issued updated versions of the 2014 Meaningful Use Quick Reference Grids to assist providers in their efforts to successfully demonstrate meaningful use. The grids, which were released separately for MU stage 1 and stage 2, have the same format as the initial versions: The first two columns state MU goals and measures, and the third and fourth columns show the corresponding criteria for certification and standards. Healthcare Informatics online (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What hospitals should consider when selecting EHR vendors
    Organizations planning to buy EHRs should look at various factors, not just cost, when choosing an IT partner. A vendor's willingness to put in writing what was promised helped seal the deal when a 48-bed hospital in Many, La., bought its first emergency department IT system. Scheduling site visits to a prospective vendor's existing clients also helps, one expert says. Health Data Management (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS issues $8.36B in EHR incentives through October
    The CMS has paid $8.36 billion in EHR incentives to 165,800 doctors and hospitals through October. Medicare payments to eligible providers and hospitals during October amounted to $435 million, while Medicaid incentives paid to professionals and hospitals for using and upgrading EHRs totaled $210 million. Healthcare IT News (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DHS uses social media to mine emergency data
    The Department of Homeland Security has awarded Accenture Federal Services a one-year, $3 million deal to assist the Office of Health Affairs in improving its biosurveillance capabilities. A social media analytics pilot program will be launched by Accenture to connect, assess and oversee information from social media networks in real time, for use in times of biological attacks or outbreaks of infectious diseases. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Developed for CIOs by CIOs: The Certified Healthcare CIO Program
    Show the world you have what it takes to be a successful health care CIO. CHIME's CHCIO Program is the first certification program designed specifically for CIOs and other IT executives in the health care industry. A CHCIO demonstrates the commitment, knowledge and experience required to master the skills needed by successful CIOs and IT directors. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME member discount for National eHealth Collaborative Conference
    The National eHealth Collaborative, in partnership with InfoComm International, is proud to host the inaugural Technology Crossroads Conference: Where HIT and AV Meet, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 27 and 28. This conference will explore the intersection between audiovisual (AV) and health information technologies. CHIME members are eligible to receive a $100 discount off registration by entering code TECHXPRTNR. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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