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March 21, 2013
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  • ONC workgroup discusses health IT-related issues
    The ONC Health IT Policy Committee's Consumer Empowerment Workgroup met this week to tackle its objectives for devising policies that would use health IT to promote participatory medicine. Some of the topics covered included incidents that may arise in stage 2 of meaningful use and the scope of the workgroup's objectives. Government Health IT online (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Skin implant can monitor, transmit glucose levels
    Swiss researchers have developed a small, implantable device that can analyze chemical and protein levels and transmit wireless updates. A patch located on top of the skin powers the implant, which can monitor glucose levels in patients with diabetes, warn of impending heart attacks and help determine optimal chemotherapy doses. Research on the device was to be presented at the Design, Automation, and Test in Europe conference. Medical News Today (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctor markets online care to corporate wellness programs
    After medical school, Jay Parkinson decided he did not want a traditional physician practice, so he set up his company, Sherpaa, on the Internet and saw patients online. He has expanded to add two primary care physicians and focuses on selling the company's services to corporate wellness programs, offering 24/7 service and claiming to save companies up to $4,000 per year for each employee. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Mobile app connects patients to docs easily
    Steve Thornbury and his brother Dr. William Thornbury designed a smartphone application, called Me-Visit, that allows patients to easily consult with doctors and ask for prescriptions. "The patient sets up personal health records, then picks their doctor. An e-mail is sent to the doctor's office to verify they are [a] patient. Then from that point, the patient is ready to use ... Me-Visit anytime they want," said Steve Thornbury. KyForward (Lexington, Ky.) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Xerox boosts mobile device monitoring through cloud-based product
    A cloud-based platform called Mobile Device Management was unveiled by Xerox to assist health care groups in monitoring mobile devices. Among the services it offers is a means to measure employees' compliance with security policies by configuring devices for system access. Xerox also has a secure site where a health group's employees can download applications that have been approved by the organization. Healthcare IT News (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • HHS picks Alzheimer's project for 2013 innovation award
    HHS has selected the Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s program as the winner of the agency's third annual innovation award. The project, which links NIH-funded Alzheimer’s disease research facilities with caregivers, aging services and patients, has boosted the number of prospective research participants for clinical trials by 25%. Government Health IT online (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Legislators propose telehealth bill
    The Fostering Independence Through Technology Act, which aims to cut the readmission rates in rural hospitals and those in underserved areas, was reintroduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and John Thune, R-S.D. "By expanding the use of innovative home care technology, this legislation will make health care more efficient and will allow seniors to stay in their homes longer without jeopardizing their health, safety or access to health care professionals," Klobuchar said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers develop point-of-care HIV test
    A team at Columbia University in New York has developed a point-of-care HIV test that can yield clinical laboratory-grade results in 15 minutes using whole blood taken from a finger prick. The test is designed to automatically transmit and synchronize findings with cloud-based electronic records. The test was designed for use in remote areas in developing countries, researchers said. The device was tested on more than 200 samples of serum, plasma and whole blood taken from patients with HIV, according to a study in the journal Clinical Chemistry. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI holds free webinar to address automation in property and casualty industry
    WEDI recently announced the creation of a new Property and Casualty Electronic Medical Bill (eBill) Sub-Workgroup dedicated to streamlining workers' compensation and auto medical bill and payment processing. To ensure maximum stakeholder participation in this effort, the sub-workgroup is hosting a FREE introductory webinar, "Bringing automation into the Property and Casualty Industry: Overview of eBilling and How it Works," on Thursday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET. Participants will learn how they can support the subgroup's work by helping to identify successes, remove barriers to eBilling and accelerate and expand industry-wide adoption of eBilling and electronic attachments. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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