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December 11, 2012
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  • Report: Use of health care apps still lags
    The adoption of health care applications still lags despite the contributions of devices such as smartphones to patients' care, according to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report found obstacles include consumers' low awareness about apps and the need for further innovation in creating apps. Healthcare IT News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • EHR data with ICD-9 claim codes may help ID diabetes
    EHR data show promise in finding and classifying more diabetes cases compared with ICD-9 claim codes alone, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found that all of the subjects with type 1 diabetes were identified with the use of an optimized algorithm, which integrated the ratio of type 1 and 2 codes with recommended prescriptions as well as autoantibody and plasma C-peptide levels data. News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Fla. health groups finalize ACO deal
    An accountable care organization deal has been agreed upon by NCH Healthcare System and Florida Blue, supporting the transition to a value-based model from a fee-for-service model. The ACO program, focused on boosting patient outcomes and stewardship of resources, is set to start next year. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Apps plus coaching may help boost weight loss
    People who underwent a weight-loss program and used a mobile application that monitored their calorie intake and exercise levels lost about 15 pounds at three months and did not regain the weight for a year, compared with no significant weight loss among those who did not use the app, a study showed. However, those who used the app but attended less than 80% of the weight-loss sessions put on weight at one year, researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Utah provider uses online tool to measure patient satisfaction
    University of Utah Health Care is using a Web-based tool for patients to rate their satisfaction with their doctors by answering nine questions. "It’s clear patients and consumers making health care decisions want online access to trusted reviews from their peers. The ratings give visitors a powerful tool to make informed decisions about our physicians and providers," said Dr. Thomas Miller, the system's chief medical officer. Healthcare Informatics online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACO employs clinical data analytics tool
    A clinical analytics platform developed by Clingence is being used by the Cumberland Center for Healthcare Innovation in central Tennessee to help the accountable care organization network satisfy the objectives of the Medicare Shared Savings Program. In addition to gathering information from EHR systems across the network, the tool will offer decision-support data in real time and assess adherence to CMS standards. Government Health IT online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Studies: Computer use leads to pain for doctors
    Data from two Cornell University studies showed physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are spending more time at the computer and paying a price in repetitive strain injuries linked to poorly designed work spaces. One study found that most female physicians and more than 40% of the males had repetitive strain-related pain in the neck, shoulder and back at least once a week. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T's VOC sensor could help patients with asthma
    AT&T has designed a sensor, dubbed Asthma Triggers, that could assess risk for asthma patients in a particular geographic area by measuring the levels of volatile organic compounds in the air. The tool links to a tablet, computer or smartphone through ZigBee and sends information to AT&T's Healthcare Community Online health information exchange tool. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • Health groups launch training center for medical workers
    The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Health Careers Futures have collaborated to open the QIT training center in Pittsburgh, designed to provide specialized HIT expertise to local schools and hospitals. The facility, which officially opened last week, has conducted training sessions for health staff including nurses, medical students and emergency medical technicians. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Webinar: Electronic Payments and Remittance – Countdown to Standardization!
    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST
    Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) have new requirements mandated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Per the ACA, all health plans will be required to implement EFT and comply with recently published operating rules by January 2014. Changes include the use of the CCD+ standard NACHA transaction as well as accurate population of the TRN segment in the Addenda record of that CCD+ transaction. Please join the WEDI EFT Subworkgroup co-chairs as they explain the new requirements of the EFT Standards Final Rule and EFT/ERA Operating Rules Interim Final Rule with Comments. Register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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