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February 4, 2013
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  • HIT committee seeks members for ACO unit
    The ONC's HIT Policy Committee is looking for participants to join its new Accountable Care Workgroup. The team will be asked to come up with ideas for programs and policies to boost the use and effectiveness of health IT so it can help health care organizations meet the goals of accountable care. Those interested in applying can do so until Feb. 15. Government Health IT online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Schneider Hospital to close telehealth clinic
    Schneider Hospital board members have decided to close the hospital's telehealth facility on St. John, Virgin Islands, due to low usage of services and unprofitability, effective Feb. 21. The clinic uses high-resolution video cameras and conferencing technology to enable Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center patients to consult with doctors at Cleveland Clinic in Florida. The Virgin Islands Daily News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Researchers find EHR use in study saves time, protects privacy
    Massachusetts General Hospital researchers used EHR data in a study that supported FDA warnings regarding risk of arrhythmia in patients using the antidepressant citalopram. Pulling data from EHRs was more efficient than working with patient charts, researchers said, saving time while safeguarding patient privacy. "We only extract the data we need and never see anything that would allow us to identify an individual patient," said Dr. Roy Perlis, co-author of the study. Government Health IT online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Informed consent important to privacy protection, FTC says
    The Federal Trade Commission has released a report restating its support for informed consent as an important tool to ensure the privacy of people who use mobile applications and platforms. The report urges providers and developers to offer users just-in-time disclosures before enabling mobile tools to access data, such as geographical location or health-related queries, to avoid compromising sensitive information. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plastic surgeons to test MDconnectME mobile, online app
    Surgeons in the Department of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will pilot the MDconnectME mobile and online health application. The app will be used to send updates to designated family members on the conditions of patients having surgery. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Fla. provider uses HIT to boost care for seniors
    HHS Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak called Florida-based primary care practice ChenMed an example of how outcomes can be improved through data-driven health care after he observed operations there. ChenMed has implemented a performance-based care model to improve treatment of seniors with complicated medical conditions. The practice uses IT platforms, such as clinical decision support tools and drug use monitoring systems, to oversee patient flow and guide management decision-making in real time. Healthcare IT News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cancer center to use Oracle solutions to improve patient care
    An analytics initiative will be unveiled by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to develop new personalized care treatments for cancer. The program will leverage Oracle products to collect clinical, genomic, financial, administrative and operational data that could be used to improve the care and quality of life of patients with cancer. Oracle's platform will also be used with the center's Moon Shots Program. Healthcare Informatics online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • 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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