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October 23, 2012
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  • VC investments in HIT sector hit $194M in Q3, study finds
    The health IT industry drew $194 million in venture capital investments from 37 deals during the third quarter, according to a Mercom Capital Group study. Health information management firms garnered the most funding with $101 million from 20 deals, followed by mobile health and social health network providers, which received $39 million and $26 million respectively. Healthcare Informatics online (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Why health care groups need not be afraid of ICD-10
    Health groups should strive to understand ICD-10, rather than see it as a reason for fear, so they can start their preparations earnestly, says Rhonda Buckholtz, vice president of ICD-10 education and training at AAPC. Buckholtz offers five reasons not to fear ICD-10, including that costs are unlikely to escalate, productivity concerns can be avoided strategically and the new codes won't change medical practice. Healthcare IT News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Technology will aid testing labs, vendors in stage 2 EHR certification
    The ONC has announced the creation of Cypress, an open source certification testing platform, to be used for calculating, reporting and capturing clinical quality measure outcomes under stage 2 of the EHR meaningful use initiative. The tool will be provided free to testing labs and vendors, and it is expected to be ready for use with the ONC's stage 2 EHR certification program in January. Health Data Management (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Clinical labs are tapped for ONC survey to gauge HIE usage
    The ONC is set to launch the National Survey on Health Information Exchange in Clinical Laboratories to assess the level at which labs share information with doctors. The agency will create a baseline level for data exchange between laboratories and providers using the survey data, with the ultimate goal of offering more targeted assistance to states as they create strategies for laboratory exchange. Health Data Management (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Integrating exercise data in EHRs could improve patient care
    The electronic Exercise Vital Sign program of Kaiser Permanente has shown promise in boosting care quality and patient treatment, according to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The initiative, which integrates a patient's physical activity data into their EHRs, has collected important and accurate data that clinicians can use to better counsel and treat patients regarding their lifestyles. Healthcare IT News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • HIT panel to evaluate EHR use in Medicare overbilling
    National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari has tasked the HIT Policy Committee with determining whether providers are using EHRs to overbill Medicare, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Mostashari said he wants the panel to investigate whether cutting and pasting when a physician is updating an EHR could trigger higher billing codes. Health Data Management (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Legislators seek meeting with feds to discuss EHR effort
    Four Republican senators have submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting a meeting with CMS and ONC members regarding EHR attestation and meaningful use. Included in the letter were several questions they would like to have answered by the agencies, including whether taxpayer-subsidized EHRs increase the use of diagnostic tests and whether EHR use has increased the amounts providers are billing to Medicare. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • CHIME 20th anniversary special offer: 20% new member discount
    To celebrate 20 years of serving health care CIOs, CHIME is offering all new members who join between July 15 and Dec. 1 a 20% discount off their first-year membership dues. CHIME membership is open to CIOs and senior IT leaders at health care-related organizations, regardless of the number of beds or size of IT staff. Join CHIME. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • StateNet topic: What are providers doing about patient data matching?
    Patient data matching is just one of the many health care IT topics of discussion on CHIME StateNet. StateNet is a 50-state (and the District of Columbia) network of stakeholders created for the purposes of gathering and communicating relevant in-state health IT developments. The mission of StateNet is to foster statewide coalitions charged with advancing and standardizing the adoption of health information technology and health information exchange. Join the conversation today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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