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February 19, 2013
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  • More than half of U.S. patients live in ACO areas
    Fifty-two percent of U.S. patients reside in regions served by accountable care organizations, up from 45% in August, data from an Oliver Wyman analysis show. Researchers also found 28% or more of patients live in areas with at least two ACOs, an increase from 17% in August. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Mass. unveils statewide ICD-10 program
    A statewide initiative, called the ICD-10 Project, was unveiled by the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium. The program focuses on the collaboration of providers, government agencies, insurance and benefits plans, and health technology vendors to address problems with their transition to the new code set effective Oct. 1 next year. EHR Intelligence (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bayada staff to use tablets to boost patient care
    Bayada, a home-based health services provider in Philadelphia, has offered 4,000 Samsung 7-inch Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus devices to its home care professionals to allow them to easily access all patient data and efficiently document care. The devices are equipped with virtual keyboard software from SwiftKey Healthcare that allows users to fill out electronic forms faster. A pilot program found that typing time could be reduced by 30 minutes per day by using the tablet computer instead of other forms of note-taking. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • AHIMA wants ONC to address clinical documentation in EHRs
    The quality and integrity of clinical data in EHRs need to be addressed now "before health information exchanges become widespread," AHIMA official Michelle Dougherty said in testimony before the ONC's HIT Policy Committee. To that end, the group offered four recommendations, starting with advancing data governance and management to ensure that information is being managed as an asset, and decision-making and oversight processes are pursued proactively. Government Health IT online (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. provider uses grant to digitize dental records
    The Brockton Neighborhood Health Center in Massachusetts announced it is using a $125,000 grant from Partners HealthCare to digitize dental records. The adoption of electronic records is expected to boost patient care because it will give doctors access to patients' dental records and enable dentists to view previous medication given to patients during dental procedures. The Enterprise (Brockton, Mass.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tablet-based app helps assess patients' neuromuscular conditions
    A tablet-based platform called NeuroAssess is being created by researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and the Beth Israel Medical Center. The tool leverages an application that is capable of examining baseline data from patients to describe their neuromuscular conditions. In addition, the platform is being tested for its ability to detect concussions in athletes. CNET/Cutting Edge blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telehealth firm uses mobile tools to connect seniors to caregivers
    The growing population of senior patients represents one of the biggest telehealth markets in the country. To serve this population, new companies, such as eCaring, are introducing mobile devices and platforms to connect patients to caregivers. One example is eCaring's care management platform, which clinicians and caregivers use to instantly access health data of senior patients and look at their health conditions before they become acute. Healthcare IT News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • How analytics can help advance ACOs
    Accountable care organizations seeking to be functional and profitable can leverage analytics to identify heterogeneous information and make it an effective asset. Understanding early successes and building momentum as well as promoting physician engagement are other ways that analytics will help drive ACOs, say Mike Detjan and Greg Chittim of Arcadia Solutions. Healthcare IT News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wis. sees increase in use of medical home model
    Wisconsin medical groups are adopting the patient-centered medical home model to improve quality of care and reduce costs. Froedtert Health Medical Group tested the model at its Jackson Clinic, and physician Peter Cornelius said moving to team-based care allows him to spend more time with patients. "I don't want to go back to the way I practiced before the medical home," he said. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC voluntary guidelines for HIE will be issued soon
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will release voluntary guidelines for health information exchange during the first half of 2013. Rather than a formal rule, the guidelines will allow for feedback and sharing of best practices among the health care community. The ONC will update guidelines periodically in an effort to "get something out to reduce uncertainty and let people know what we're thinking," according to ONC policy analyst Steve Posnack. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • 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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