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December 3, 2012
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  • ACA to boost claims data managed, overseen by CMS
    CMS expects an increase in the Medicare and Medicaid data that it manages when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2015. By that year, data related to Medicare claims could nearly double and reach 700 terabytes, while Medicaid claims information could more than triple to 100 terabytes. The agency is focusing its efforts on using enterprise and shared services as well as developing the capabilities needed to gather, assess and leverage real-time data to address the challenge. Healthcare IT News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Study: Small provider overcomes EHR implementation challenges
    Iowa-based Henry County Health Center overcame challenges common among smaller providers when employing EHR systems by seeking staff input in the very early stages and communicating throughout the process, according to a CHIME case study. Research findings show the hospital helped staff and nurses adopt the new system by giving them important clinical IT training and assistance. Healthcare IT News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Mobile app helps screen newborns for heart defects
    A smartphone application created by cardiologists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta called Pulse Ox Tool can automate pulse oximetry screening calculations, helping to prevent a delay in diagnosis of congenital heart defects in newborns. The free app, available from iTunes, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store, yielded substantially lower error rates compared with manually calculated algorithms. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Basis Science promotes good habits through fitness, health tracker
    Basis Science has unveiled the Basis Band fitness and health tracking device that comes with a free online health behavior change tool. The platform, which has several sensors including an optical blood flow monitor, features 10 "habit cards" with small, achievable steps to aid wearers in developing long-lasting good habits. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wireless cardiac monitoring firm unveils data access app
    An iPad application, dubbed CardioNet Access, was released by CardioNet to enable doctors to easily access cardiac monitoring reports. "We believe that making the most precise mobile cardiac-related information available to physicians at their fingertips, in a user-friendly format, is a powerful tool that will benefit patients, [payers] and physicians alike," said CardioNet CEO Joe Capper. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • House panel probes CMS anti-fraud efforts
    CMS has had some success in rooting out fraud and abuse but has not made use of all available tools, House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee members said last week. Speaking at a hearing, a WellPoint official outlined the company's efforts to track prescriptions for controlled substances that have reportedly saved "many millions of dollars." MedPage Today (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA website may speed processing of medtech export certificates
    The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health has unveiled a website designed to allow medtech firms to file their requests for export documents electronically instead of using paper-based applications. The Export Certification & Tracking System is expected to cut the time it takes to process certificate requests and enable applicants to check status updates online in real time. (Boston) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tax fraud-related data breach affects more than 500 patients
    Advanced Data Processing announced a breach in ambulance billing data from the Covington Fire Department in Kentucky that involves more than 500 patients. Since the information was stolen for use in a tax fraud scheme and not for identity theft, affected patients will not receive identity or credit theft protection services from the company. Compromised patient data included Social Security numbers and birth dates. Health Data Management (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • Conn. provider appoints CMIO
    Dr. Sudeep Bansal was appointed the first chief medical information officer at Hartford, Conn.-based St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Bansal will be responsible for overseeing the hospital's development and use of clinical data systems. (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI provides critical ICD-10 implementation metrics for providers and payers
    WEDI recently released the whitepaper "ICD-10 Critical Metrics" to help the industry identify and plan for the potential financial impact of ICD-10 implementation on the nation's health care organizations. Available for download on WEDI's website, the whitepaper developed a set of detailed metrics for hospitals, practitioners and payers that establishes a basis to perform benchmark testing prior to ICD-10 implementation. These standards and metrics provide the baseline for monitoring and early warning indicators that health care organizations can use to ensure that their business and mitigation plans after implementation are successful. "ICD-10 Critical Metrics" is available for download at in the Resources section alongside WEDI's other recently released ICD-10 related whitepapers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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