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January 11, 2013
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  • New ACOs joining Medicare Shared Savings initiative
    CMS confirmed the participation of 106 newly formed accountable care organizations in the agency's Medicare Shared Savings program. The formation of the groups has expanded the number of ACOs to more than 250. Fifteen of the 106 groups are part of the Advanced Payment Model program and will receive funds from Medicare to boost their information platforms and staff. Health Data Management (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
Prepare for and mitigate unforeseen events in your datacenter. Read how it's done at Adventist Health Systems. Inside: Steps to Deliver Highly Available Patient Care, Uncover Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities, Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices, A Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery 101 - The Basics. Download now.
  EHRs and MU 
  • VA unveils EHR challenge for software developers
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has unveiled a contest for software developers to launch a medical scheduling tool that can replace parts of the scheduling software used in the agency's VistA EHR system. Entries should be open-source and based on an open application program interface. "The competition will help us serve veterans by encouraging ideas to provide more personalized care," said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Government Health IT online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are you ready for machine learning?
With the advent of big data, the amount of data and our ability to process it has increased exponentially. It's an environment perfectly suited for machine learning. So how can you make it part of your analytic infrastructure? This e-book highlights the capabilities of machine learning, and best practices you can implement to take full advantage of it. Download Here.
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Hospitals, physician group collaborate in ACO deal
    An accountable care organization was recently established by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its groups of hospitals and physicians. The ACO will enable the Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization and the hospitals to collaborate and share the risk involved in boosting care efficiency and quality. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Verizon launches health care innovation challenge
    Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said the company will award $1 million to any technology firm that develops the most powerful health care innovation that leverages Verizon's cloud, video and mobile technology. The prize is part of Verizon's $10 million challenge to aid three industries -- education, sustainability and health care -- through technology. (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 11 organizational strategies for dealing with data breaches
    A recent Ponemon Institute report says 94% of surveyed health groups experienced data breaches, highlighting the need for organizations to take measures to better safeguard patient data and lessen breach impact. This article offers 11 ways to do so, including adopting bring-your-own-device protocols that integrate technical safeguards and workflow processes, controlling the cloud and conducting targeted risk assessments. Government Health IT online (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NQF endorses 14 quality standards on infectious diseases
    Fourteen standards intended to enhance the quality of care for infectious diseases have been approved by the National Quality Forum board of directors. The standards pertain to appropriate therapies for upper respiratory infections and tuberculosis screening and sexually transmitted disease testing among patients with HIV/AIDS. Healthcare IT News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Philips debuts device to help seniors when they fall
    Philips has introduced a device, worn on a lanyard around the neck, that can be used to alert emergency responders in case of falls and trips among elderly patients. The device, called the Lifeline GoSafe, comes with built-in cellular connectivity that can be activated at the push of a button and integrated sensors that can call for emergency aid automatically when someone falls. (1/8), Computeractive (U.K.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Del. HIE taps health data firm to provide Direct messaging services
    AlliedHIE was tapped by the Delaware Health Information Network to support its efforts to offer providers Direct Project messaging services. "We are confident the relationship between AlliedHIE and DHIN will energize a new growth in affordable interoperability and information exchange by and between Delaware healthcare professionals," said Dr. Jan Lee, DHIN executive director. Healthcare Informatics online (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI employment opportunity: Administration & Member Services Coordinator
    WEDI is seeking a knowledgeable, determined and organized Administration and Member Services Coordinator who will be responsible for helping to administer the membership and sponsorship activities of WEDI. This position works closely with the VP of Development & External Affairs, as well as the Director of Marketing, in identifying prospective WEDI members, providing dues invoices and payment follow-up. Other duties include office administration and serving as the administrative liaison to the WEDI Board of Directors. The full job description and application are located on the WEDI website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WEDI launches new website to help industry implement health IT initiatives
    With the numerous health IT regulatory demands on the health care industry, there is a great need for access to critical information to help companies meet those demands. In support of helping the health care industry meet the requirements of HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act, WEDI is pleased to announce the recent launch of its new website. Visit for more information on the myriad resources available. The new website includes:
    • Free access to WEDI's Knowledge Center, containing whitepaper and issue briefs on critical health IT topics
    • The ability to search the website by workgroup or topic
    • Access to a health IT innovative showcase that displays industry practices
    • A new health IT compliance guide and key regulatory timeframes
    • A vendor marketplace to search for vendor solutions
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--Thomas Jefferson,
3rd U.S. president

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