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November 20, 2012
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  EHRs and MU 
  • EHR adoption among pediatricians needs improvement
    U.S. researchers looked at the responses of 646 pediatric clinicians and found that only a few of them used a system that met the definition of a basic or fully functional EHR system. Respondents working in multispecialty or hospital-based practices had a greater likelihood of using EHR systems than those in solo or two-physician practices. The study in the journal Pediatrics cited financial and productivity concerns as barriers to EHR adoption. News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT firm to offer EHR software to doctors who serve needy patients
    McKesson unveiled an initiative that will provide $1 million worth of EHR software to 100 doctors offering charity care to needy and underserved people. Recipients will be chosen from 10 metropolitan areas with the highest amount of impoverished individuals. To qualify, physicians should have offered care without compensation to low-income individuals for at least six months and have high-speed Internet or broadband connectivity in the place where they expect to leverage the EHR platform. Healthcare Informatics online (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • NFL partners with eClinicalWorks in an EHR initiative
    The National Football League is working with eClinicalWorks, an ambulatory vendor, as it aims to start using EHRs to serve 32 teams nationwide. EClinicalWorks will provide the EHR system that will be accessible to all teams at training facilities as well as at stadiums during games. "This solution will help medical staff with secure real-time information to make decisions that will benefit the player," said Brian McCarthy, the NFL's vice president of communications. Healthcare IT News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • HIT group releases framework to boost patient engagement
    The National eHealth Collaborative has released the Patient Engagement Framework, which follows all stages of the meaningful use EHR incentive program to guide health care providers in their efforts to boost patient engagement. "We as individuals should be more engaged in managing and improving our own health. This framework is intended as a guide organizations can aspire to as they move in this direction," said National eHealth Collaborative CEO Kate Berry. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartphone diagnostic for diabetes, cancer patients is in the offing
    QUICK is working on a smartphone-based diagnostic platform that uses saliva or urine to aid in disease monitoring. The mobile health startup intends to initially use the device for monitoring ketone levels in diabetes patients, with plans to develop the system for measuring chemotherapy levels in cancer patients, among other applications. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data management firm nabs $40M DOD contract
    Acuo Technologies has secured a $40 million contract from the Defense Department to oversee a vendor-neutral patient image archive that will be a part of the DOD's iEHR solution to enable access to health imaging informatics. Acuo will integrate imaging studies from communication and picture archiving platforms at Army and Navy sites worldwide via its Universal Clinical Platform. Government Health IT online (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • 2 execs stay after Pri-Med buys Amazing Charts
    Medical education provider Pri-Med has acquired Amazing Charts, a developer of EHR platforms, to use EHRs for real-time education as well as practice management. Amazing Charts founder and CEO Dr. Jonathan Bertman will become president, while Kathleen Repoli, the firm's chief operating officer and human resources and finance vice president, will fill the post of senior vice president. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHR firm taps new operations VP
    Ralph Catalano has been tapped by CareCloud, a practice management, revenue cycle, EHR and medical billing software firm, to be its operations vice president. Catalano served as client development vice president at an EHR vendor before his appointment at CareCloud. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • Jan. 1, 2013, operating rules deadline is near
    Is your organization ready to test its operating rules implementation with trading partners? Find out who else is ready and add your organization to the list: Visit the CAQH CORE website to view health plans, clearinghouses and providers that are ready to test eligibility and claim status operating rules implementation with trading partners. Help expand the list by quickly adding your organization to show others that you are ready to test. The Jan. 1, 2013, effective date for compliance with the CAQH CORE Eligibility & Claim Status Operating Rules required by Section 1104 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is rapidly approaching, and the penalties to health plans for noncompliance are significant. Now is the time to test operating rules implementation with trading partners to identify any challenges. There are less than three months remaining for your organization to finalize its implementation. Questions about the operating rules implementation process? View CORE FAQs or contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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