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February 26, 2013
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  • Study ties reduced medication errors to CPOE systems
    Using computerized provider order entry systems to process prescription orders reduced the possibility for errors by 48%, a study based on data from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey and EHR Adoption Database finds. "Current policies to increase CPOE adoption and use will likely prevent millions of additional medication errors each year," researchers said. Healthcare Informatics online (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Study: Information security staff shortage leads to data breach risks
    A study by (ISC)², Booz Allen Hamilton and Frost & Sullivan finds more than two-thirds of chief information security officers said they are understaffed, which could result in more costly breaches. The study also notes that although application vulnerabilities top the list of security issues, almost 50% of security groups don't participate in software development. Healthcare IT News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. firm confirms data breach
    Crescent Healthcare has informed employees and affected patients about a data breach caused by the theft of some paper records and computer hardware on Dec. 28 that contained health data. Compromised data may have included patient names, health insurance information and Social Security numbers. Healthcare IT News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Foundation chooses online network for research platform grant
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given Web-based network PatientsLikeMe a $1.9 million grant for the development of an open-participation research platform that could be used to enhance patient-centered health outcome measures. "We believe it has the potential to help researchers better understand the course of disease and open up important paths for the development of new therapies," said Brian Quinn, RWJF's Pioneer Portfolio team director. Healthcare IT News (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CIOs take decidedly cautious approach to cloud computing
    Cloud computing has the potential to improve user collaboration and cut costs, but CIOs are taking a guarded approach when it comes to deploying the technology in their organizations. One CIO says his group is not rushing to adopt the cloud because of health data security concerns, but he sees the technology as a practical tool in dealing with imaging data. Healthcare Informatics online (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • New app allows easy access to health records overseas
    A mobile application, called International Medical Passport, has been launched by EasyMed to enable people to use smartphones to access their health records from anywhere in the world. The app, which meets HIPAA requirements, can also help locate pre-approved health facilities and professionals. Health Tech Zone (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Doctors skeptical of value-based payment, ACO execs say
    Physicians have shown some reluctance to move from fee-for-service to value-based care payments, making it difficult for accountable care organizations to be fully implemented, ACO leaders say. Many executives expressed similar sentiments, but they said the shift must be made. "We believe the time to adopt value-based care transformation is now — most importantly, because it is the right thing to do, but additionally, because it is the smart thing to do financially," said Dr. Hal Teitelbaum, CEO of Crystal Run Healthcare in Middletown, N.Y. American Medical News (free content) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health groups to establish telehealth facility in Ga.
    A collaboration has been formed between Georgia Partnership of Telehealth and the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta to establish the first telemedicine facility for patients with MS in Valdosta, Ga. The center is expected to help patients consult with specialists without having to travel for several hours to get access to a provider with knowledge of MS treatment. Healthcare Informatics online (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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