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January 2, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • Mobile apps seen as one of top medical trends for 2013
    Smartphones are one of the top six medical innovations that will help fight disease for 2013, according to this article. The report points to an iPhone application recently receiving government approval that will provide doctors with a mobile electrocardiogram, as well as apps that help patients monitor potential skin cancer threats. The Wall Street Journal (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Nonprofit group receives EHR grant
    Nonprofit health IT group OCHIN was tapped to receive the Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Health Care Health Center Controlled Network federal grant. The grant, which will be given in three annual installments of $775,000, will be used to make technical adjustments to OCHIN's EHR and install the EHR at new member facilities, as well as help members satisfy MU requirements. Healthcare IT News (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospital informs 29,000 patients of possible data breach
    Gibson General Hospital in Indiana has informed around 29,000 patients about a potential data breach after a hospital laptop with personal medical information was stolen from a staff member's home on Nov. 27. The laptop, which may have stored patient addresses, Social Security numbers and other data, was used by the employee to access the hospital's EMR platform. WFIE-TV (Evansville, Ind.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Ind. provider launches free lifestyle monitoring app
    Indiana University Health has designed a free mobile health application, called My Healthy Habits, that allows users to monitor changes in their lifestyles. Users can also leverage the app, which works on iPhones and other Apple devices, to make personalized health goals. USA Today (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician group joins Florida Blue's ACO initiative
    Holy Cross Physician Partners, the physician group of Holy Cross Hospital in Florida, has joined the Florida Blue Accountable Care Program. A value-based payment approach will be used in the initiative as it aims to boost patient outcomes and care quality while lessening health care costs. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Proposed device ID rule may result in changes to packaging lines
    The FDA's proposal to set up a unique device identifier system for medical technologies will compel firms to modify their packaging lines, which could be costly, according to this article. The FDA Safety and Innovation Act mandates that a final rule on the proposal be issued in the middle of May, not the middle of June as previously thought, but the agency "doesn't seem to be confident of meeting either possible deadline," said Jeffrey Secunda of the Advanced Medical Technology Association. Packaging World online (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA has 2014 deadline for social media rules
    The FDA is directed to create social media rules by summer 2014 under a provision in a bill passed last year, said Brian Reid, a director at communications firm WCG. The provision opens up several possibilities: the development of a comprehensive guidance document, congressional hearings if the FDA misses the deadline and small rule changes that integrate rather than separate social media guidance. Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opera Solutions to help CMS in securing health insurance exchanges
    A software platform with a feedback mechanism is being developed by Opera Solutions to aid CMS in its efforts to find fraud in online health insurance exchanges. To assess the software's capacity to determine suspicious claims patterns while processing millions of insurance applications, the firm will simulate fraudulent behaviors in its laboratory that could appear in the exchanges. "We are poised to put our advanced machine-learning techniques and pattern-detection science to work in building critical operational safeguards from the inception of these exchanges," said Opera Solutions CEO Arnab Gupta. eWeek (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ala. mayor uses social media to promote wellness
    Prattville, Ala., Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. is using a Facebook page to challenge town residents to improve their health. The site includes health and exercise tips, allows users to share their own ideas and invites local businesses to offer healthy menus and fitness suggestions. "A physically and mentally fit community is attractive to prospective employers of this region," Gillespie said. Montgomery Advertiser (Ala.) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI and ASC X12 are working together to prepare the industry for a smooth Health Plan ID implementation
    In September of last year, CMS published a final rule adopting a standard for the creation of a national Health Plan Identifier. Large health plans will be required to obtain their HPID by Nov. 5, 2014, while small health plans will have until Nov. 5, 2015, to obtain their HPID. All covered entities must be using HPID by Nov. 7, 2016. WEDI has formed a Health Plan ID workgroup whose goals include identifying the activities, risks, solutions and educational opportunities to support implementation of HPID for all industry stakeholders. ASC X12N's Entity Workgroup is evaluating whether the HPID mandate impacts the ASC X12 version 005010 Technical Report Type 3 (TR3) implementation guides. WEDI and ASC X12 will host a joint webinar addressing industry questions about the impact of HPID on the HIPAA adopted ASC X12 TR3s. More details regarding the partnership and joint webinar will be announced soon. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them."
--Rose Kennedy,
American philanthropist

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