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February 5, 2013
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  • CMS seeks feedback on expanded use of clinical quality measures
    CMS is seeking feedback on ways to help doctors easily use clinical quality measures reported as part of other initiatives to help them meet the requirements for EHR meaningful use and the Physician Quality Reporting System. "We are requesting information from medical specialty societies, boards and registries; other third party registry vendors, eligible professionals using registries to report quality measures, and any other party interested in providing information on this request for information," according to the agency. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Wis. provider confirms potential data breach
    River Falls Medical Clinic in Wisconsin announced a potential data breach that may have affected about 2,400 patients. The incident was allegedly caused by a member of the cleaning staff who officials say stole paper health records from the clinic's shredding bins. Compromised data included patients' names, diagnostic codes, birth dates and, in some cases, Social Security numbers. Health Data Management (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New device offers metabolism tracking on the go
    Researchers have developed a portable device, called Breezing, designed to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide levels to determine an individual's resting energy expenditure. The tool also monitors respiratory quotient to determine whether a person is burning carbohydrates, fats or both. CNET (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Study: Docs recommend mobile apps to patients
    Doctors are using mobile health applications to access medication data at the point of care and ensure that the drugs they prescribe won't hurt patients, according to a study by Epocrates. The survey also found that more than 40% of doctors are recommending mobile apps to patients, often for patient education, healthy lifestyle tools and chronic disease management. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • App can expand access to nursing procedure database
    An iPad application from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins offers offline access to the Web-based Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills database. The app's offline capability enables access to facility-specific procedures remotely or during disaster recovery, said Carolyn Dalton, senior digital product manager for LWW parent company Wolters Kluwer Health. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drugstore chain unveils prescription-refill tool for developers
    Walgreens has allowed developers of third-party mobile applications to integrate its prescription-refill platform using Walgreens Prescription API. "By incorporating the Walgreens Prescription API, mobile app developers are providing users with an easy way to refill prescriptions and help them properly take their medication," said Walgreens' Abhi Dhar. Drug Store News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Health IT boosts management of childhood obesity
    U.S. researchers reviewed 13 studies on the impact of information technology on childhood obesity screening or treatment, and found that EHR use was linked to greater body mass index screening rates in five of eight studies. Telemedicine counseling was tied to the same changes in BMI percentile as that of in-person counseling in two studies, while one study showed that text messaging or telephone support helped in weight loss maintenance. The review was published in the journal Pediatrics. News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study finds use of EHR, HIE enhances care quality in FQHCs
    A study published in BMC Health Services Research has showed a positive association between the adoption of EHRs and health information exchange and the quality of care provided by federally qualified health centers. "In order for FQHCs to absorb the expected increase in demand and improve quality of care, they must leverage HIT as a tool for improving service delivery and patient outcomes," researchers noted. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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