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March 5, 2013
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A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
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  Technology Trends 
  • Final HIPAA omnibus rule remains unclear for most CIOs
    A recent survey finds that although 70.8% of CIOs somewhat understand the requirements of the HIPAA omnibus rule, only 16.6% reported having a "solid understanding" of the final rule. The survey also notes that 58.3% of CIO respondents expect to reallocate their groups' resources and re-prioritize their initiatives as a result of the rule. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Baystate Health agrees to adopt RTLS platform from Awarepoint
    Awarepoint's real-time location system is being adopted in Baystate Health's three hospitals to allow the provider to monitor staff, patient and equipment locations, in addition to whether equipment has been sterilized. "[Awarepoint's] aware360┬░Platform will provide the foundation upon which we can expand our RTLS capabilities to address other tough challenges in the future, including automated temperature monitoring, patient flow -- particularly in our high-volume departments -- and enterprise-wide capacity management," said Baystate Vice President and CIO Joel Vengco. Health Tech Zone (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Study: Docs at risk of losing $43,743 after EHR implementation
    Doctors on average might lose $43,743 within five years after EHR implementation, according to a study in Health Affairs. The study also showed that only 27% of participating practices with EHRs could have a positive return on investment during the time frame. The study found that practices that used EHRs as a tool to increase revenue, whether by improving billing or seeing more patients, were more likely to see positive returns. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA OKs Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose monitor from LifeScan
    LifeScan has received FDA approval for its OneTouch Verio Synch system, which is used to monitor blood glucose in diabetes patients. The technology uses Bluetooth connectivity to allow patients to wirelessly receive personalized data, including a 14-day summary of glucose test outcomes, via an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Healio/Endocrine Today (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Report IDs 6 primary areas of focus for ACO metrics
    A report by MedeAnalytics found that accountable care organization metrics fall into six major categories including pediatric, ambulatory and acute care. Researchers also report that commercial ACOs were more likely to focus on ambulatory processes and cost reduction, while Medicare ACOs were more focused on quality outcomes. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIE forum to create best practices for data exchange
    The National HIE Governance Forum was formed by the National eHealth Collaborative to help stakeholders and regulators identify the problems associated with HIE governance and develop best practices to solve them. "This forum will bring together entities that are currently serving in governance roles for specific groups of health information exchange partners at the national, state or regional level," NeHC said. Health Data Management (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alliance aims to ease medical data sharing
    Five EMR companies have formed an alliance to facilitate data sharing among hospitals and health care providers. Greenway Medical Technologies, Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts and athenahealth will work together to develop common platforms and policies. Meanwhile, Verizon Communications announced a plan to build a secure online medical records exchange. Bloomberg (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CCHIT to pilot data sharing certification initiative
    The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology announced its plan to pilot a health information exchange certification initiative. The program provides voluntary certification in three areas: EHRs and systems that support statewide data inquiry, secure messaging software using the Direct protocol and connectivity between HIEs. Health Data Management (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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