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March 20, 2013
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  • ONC unveils website for small, critical access hospitals
    A new website created by the ONC aims to help small hospitals in rural areas, as well as critical access hospitals, implement health IT and bring the ONC closer to its goal of having 1,000 of these facilities attesting to meaningful use of EHRs by the end of next year. Information featured on the site includes federal HIT funding opportunities and resources from private groups and the government. Health Data Management (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Uncertainty looms over formal clinical informatics programs
    A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute revealed 55% of health care professionals didn't know when their organizations would have a formal clinical informatics program. Researchers also found 13% of respondents said their groups would need more than two years to implement such a program, while 10% said it would take one to two years. Another 10% said it would take less than a year for their associations to establish a program, while 13% said they would never start one. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Most community hospitals have not started their ICD-10 work
    An Aloft Group study finds that 75% of community hospitals have not yet initiated their changeover to ICD-10 or are less than 25% of the way there. Nearly 50% of the respondents also said they aren't equipped to meet the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. One expert ties the delay to overlapping federal mandates, including meaningful use and the move to accountable care. EHR Intelligence (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • CMS announces MU targets for hospitals, physician practices for 2013
    CMS said at the HIMSS13 conference that it anticipates 80% of qualified hospitals and 50% of qualified physician practices will become meaningful users this year. Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said 2013 would be "busy," with a focus on education. "We're going to spend a lot more time with physicians -- helping physicians learn, and helping physicians work with their current vendors to make things a little easier for them," Tavenner said. Family Practice News (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prompt release of FDA guidance on mHealth urged at hearing
    The FDA should move promptly to release its final guidance on how it intends to regulate mobile health applications to provide clarity on the issue, industry experts said during the first of three hearings being conducted this week by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. One expert also argued that imposing the 2.3% medical device tax on mHealth apps could stymie innovation. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jawbone unveils Up tool for Android phones
    Jawbone has unveiled an application for its Up health wristband that supports more than 26 types of Android smartphones and includes features such as the ability to log meals and monitor activity and mood. Previously, Jawbone could only be used with the iPhone. The company also noted that the iPhone version has been updated to include availability in more languages. VentureBeat (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Paternity testing app shows potential use in personalized medicine
    A mobile application called GenoDroid that could perform paternity testing by looking at the parents' digitized genomes was developed by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and the New York Institute of Technology. The app also shows promise in personalized medicine uses, including exploring new cancer drugs that would be effective in patients with certain genetic markers. The test has fueled debate about the future of genomic information privacy and security. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Study: Telemedicine bolsters patients' access to stroke care
    A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine indicated that telestroke initiatives show promise in boosting patients' access to specialists who could provide them with expert care. Researchers also found that the geographical coverage of stroke care in Oregon was enhanced by the programs by about 40%. (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qsource supports HIE initiative in Tenn.
    The Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives has collaborated with Qsource in a new program called Health eShare. As part of the deal, Qsource will be responsible for offering technical assistance and education to professionals who want to enhance their knowledge about secure health information exchange. (3/19) 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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