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February 22, 2013
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  • Rapid ACO growth could change the face of health care
    There were 428 commercial and Medicare accountable care organizations across 49 states as of January, according to this report, and physician groups now outpace hospitals as the main supporters behind the organizations. Analyst David Muhlestein of Leavitt Partners predicts that if ACOs see success in the coming years, the framework could become the main care model in the U.S. Health Affairs Blog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Report recognizes top U.S. hospitals, cities for patient care
    Healthgrades has released this year's list of the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. as well as the leading cities for patient care according to in-hospital mortality rates. As many as 165,000 lives could have been saved if all facilities examined in the report demonstrated performance similar to that of the top hospitals, officials said. Healthcare IT News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
 
  • EHR adoption lags among U.S. physicians, study finds
    One in 6 U.S. physicians are making sufficient use of EHR systems to attest to meaningful use, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers said costs and productivity concerns play roles in low EHR adoption rates. "My guess is that more people are on the journey [to using electronic records] than have attested to it. But, there are still some physicians who haven't started using electronic health records at all," said researcher Adam Wright. HealthDay News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  mHealth 
  • Humetrix boosts Blue Button app capability
    A multi-platform capability was added by Humetrix to its iBlueButton application that enables doctors and patients to use Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads to securely share health data and other clinical information at the point of care. "By taking advantage of one of the most powerful tools that patients and their families own -- their smartphones -- iBlueButton enables a quick and secure exchange of critical health information to help improve the safety and effectiveness of the care received," said Humetrix CEO Dr. Bettina Experton. Government Health IT online (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • E-prescribing curbs drug errors, but adoption remains modest
    Electronic prescribing helped prevent 17.4 million drug mistakes in one year, and wider adoption of the practice could eliminate more than 50 million errors annually, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. However, e-prescribing adoption remains modest despite its apparent efficacy, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Denver-based firm to form ACO with UnitedHealthcare
    An accountable care organization is being formed through the partnership of UnitedHealthcare and New West Physicians in Denver. Payment incentives will be offered to New West's doctors and other providers based on several standards, including disease prevention and management, patient safety and readmission rates. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HIE 
  • VA offers innovation contracts to boost data sharing
    The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday awarded 13 innovation contracts under its Innovation Initiative. Agilex Technologies was tapped to create the VA Mobile Blue Button to enable patients to exchange health information using mobile devices, while Ray Group International was selected to create an imaging application to allow veterans to easily see and download their medical images. NextGov (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Houston HIE expands with addition of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
    Greater Houston Healthconnect has expanded its health information exchange network with the recent addition of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. The clinic brings 370 physicians to the HIE, which already has more than 3,200 doctor participants. "We truly value Kelsey-Seybold's participation as a leader in the medical community. Their presence will help us to accelerate adoption among other major group practices and create considerable momentum," said Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., Healthconnect board vice chairman. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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