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January 25, 2013
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  • ONC issues memo on EHR test software problems
    A memorandum about problems with the ONC's Transport Test Tool for EHRs was issued by the agency to five independent groups involved in the testing and certification of EHR systems for stage 2 meaningful use. The ONC listed its efforts to solve the problems, such as the launch of a helpline to address inquiries about the software. A fix is expected by mid-February. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • White paper links primary care EHR success to 6 practice areas
    A white paper by the nonprofit consulting company Qualis Health analyzed the experiences of almost 700 primary care practices and found the successful adoption of EHRs hinges on how well they are integrated into six practice areas. The report shows common errors that practices make when implementing EHRs and says leaders at the highest organizational levels must set goals for EHR implementation. AAFP News Now (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group lauds proposal to include job history in stage 3 MU criteria
    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine hailed the ONC for proposing to add a patient's job history to the stage 3 meaningful use requirements. Patients' job histories gathered using EHRs "will prove valuable both for clinical management and for future epidemiologic investigations," said Dr. Karl Auerbach, the group's president. Government Health IT online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • IOM calls for EHRs to be used to find service members with CMI
    An Institute of Medicine report calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs to use its EHR system to identify service members who show signs of chronic multisymptom illness, a condition that affects roughly a third of those who served in the 1991 Gulf War but is not well understood by medical personnel. The IOM report also recommended that care be adjusted to individual needs and called for the VA to examine different options that can be used to treat the condition. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SecuraTrac releases real-time health monitoring app
    SecuraTrac has released an application, dubbed SecuraFone, that could help clinicians and caregivers observe a patient's respiratory activity and heart rate. The app, which is capable of transmitting real-time health information to the cloud, can be used on iPhone and Android mobile platforms. Healthcare IT News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Revised HIPAA rule gives health groups new challenges
    The just-released omnibus rule on HIPAA privacy and security presents health groups with a new challenge: the need for data segmentation to ensure patient privacy protection. A provision in the rule mandates that health groups grant a patient's request not to disclose to insurers any data on treatments received if the patient pays the whole cost of those services. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Welch Allyn's iPhone-based eye testing tool gets FDA OK
    Welch Allyn has secured 510(k) clearance from the FDA to market a device that links an ophthalmoscope, which is used to spot glaucoma and other eye conditions, with an iPhone. The iExaminer Adapter comes with a companion iPhone application to enable the sharing and printing of images. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • VA enhances Blue Button capabilities
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has improved its Blue Button feature with the addition of the VA Continuity of Care Document tool, which enables users to get health data in xml file format. The agency also enhanced its Blue Button functions with the inclusion of progress notes, discharge summaries, pathology reports and other capabilities. "As of today, veterans can electronically download their entire medical record plus CCD summary," said VA Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin via Twitter. Government Health IT online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Take the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey
    The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting a survey of ICD-10 preparedness. The questions are geared toward an organization's status and how the one-year delay affected plans. The information will be used to inform WEDI, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other organizations about the state of ICD-10 readiness. It also can help plan how to assist vendors, health plans and health care providers in meeting the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. All types of health care organizations are encouraged to participate in the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey online. The survey closes Feb. 20. For more information, contact Samantha Holvey at WEDI (202-618-8803). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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