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March 13, 2013
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  • Mostashari shares views on achieving interoperability
    National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said "a shared responsibility" between the federal government and the industry is key to achieving interoperability. Federal HIT officials will need to adopt implementation guides and standards to lessen the complexity and cost of interfaces, while vendors should work to meet stage 2 meaningful use, he said. Healthcare IT News (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research Ready 
  • Lab IT Forum is formed to promote research best practices
    Representatives from drugmakers, information technology firms, the Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School have formed the Lab IT Forum to develop a peer-to-peer, pre-competitive network with the goal of learning and deploying best practices to help researchers in science, quality assurance and manufacturing. "We're all competitors, but it doesn't mean we can't share best practices," said Mike Santimaw, head of specialist computing at AstraZeneca and the effort's organizer. Bio-IT World (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Coordinated Care 
  • Experts clear up 10 common myths about HIT usability
    Nancy Staggers of the University of Maryland's School of Nursing and Lorraine Chapman of Macadamian Technologies identified the 10 myths often associated with the usability of health IT systems during a presentation at HIMSS13 last week. These include the misconceptions that providers aren't comfortable with technology and that medical professionals want all their data on a single screen. Health Data Management (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • Survey: MU adoption among hospitals is on the rise
    This year's HIMSS Leadership Survey finds two-thirds of the hospital CIOs polled said their groups had already met the first stage of meaningful use rules, and 75% said they expect stage 2 MU attestation by 2014. The survey also notes that 87% of the CIOs believe they will meet the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for ICD-10, and 50% said their groups are part of one or more HIEs. EHR Intelligence (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Interactive map shows hospitals attesting to MU: Social Health Insights has introduced an interactive map to show Medicare providers and hospitals that demonstrate EMR meaningful use. It also uses the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Survey to compare the facilities' patient satisfaction scores. (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa health system allies with insurer to create ACO
    Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa has worked with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Iowa in Cedar Falls to set up an accountable care organization. The partners expect the ACO to better engage patients in their care, reduce repetitive services and promote "seamless customer experience" in follow-up care and scheduling appointments. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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