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December 7, 2012
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  • CMS releases $868M in EHR incentives for November
    The CMS estimates that EHR incentive payments to eligible doctors and hospitals last month reached $868 million. "The incentive payments were almost $1 billion more in November. We are on track for the end of December to hit the $10 billion mark for EHR incentives," said Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services. Healthcare IT News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
Prepare for and mitigate unforeseen events in your datacenter. Read how it's done at Adventist Health Systems. Inside: Steps to Deliver Highly Available Patient Care, Uncover Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities, Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices, A Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery 101 - The Basics. Download now.
  EHRs and MU 
 
For Healthcare IT, It’s All About the ROI
Consumer technology influences the way we interact with information and healthcare solutions must accommodate the way we work. Who wants to push a cart around a 10-acre campus when he or she could carry an iPad instead? More importantly, what patient wants to repeatedly produce his or her insurance information when visiting different departments within the same healthcare organization? Discover what is most important to consider to get the most out of healthcare IT.

  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Consumer engagement is helping shape mHealth landscape, exec says
    The explosion of mobile health applications and increased consumer interest in the technology are making the biggest impact on mHealth, Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said in this interview with Healthcare IT News. But issues such as those tied to data exchange and interoperability, and plans by the FDA to regulate mHealth will pose the biggest challenges next year, he said. Healthcare IT News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Technology Trends 
  • Online and onsite wellness programs each have advantages
    Online wellness programs are popular and study data show they are effective, but experts and companies say in-person programs also have advantages, such as building camaraderie. American Leather in Dallas had a successful weight-loss competition with its onsite staff, but Ryan Turnbull at Los Angeles brokerage firm Poms & Associates says such programs may miss people who prefer the anonymity of an online program. Human Resource Executive (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • About 9 in 10 U.S. hospitals encounter a data breach, report says
    A Ponemon Institute report finds about nine out of 10 U.S. hospitals surveyed have experienced a data breach since 2010, with almost 50% reporting more than five incidents and an average of about 2,800 records being compromised per incident. Stolen laptops or mobile devices were cited as the main cause of breaches, followed by employee negligence and third-party errors. DOTMed.com (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital health firm to raise fund to enhance medication adherence
    Abiogenix, a digital health startup, hopes to raise $1.6 million within two years to create the next generation of its uBox medication-adherence device. Aside from flashing green to remind individuals about their scheduled medications, the pillbox also sends texts to people close to patients to inform them about a missed dose. MedCityNews.com (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  HIE 
  • Texas school opens HIE laboratory
    The University of Texas at Austin has unveiled the country's first health information exchange laboratory to train students in the use of data-sharing platforms and enable them to view real-time exchanges of patient data. Enrollees also benefit from a Health IT Learning Center that enables them to work with a telehealth platform and six EHR systems. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • Kaiser expands workforce in Denver
    Kaiser Permanente, the largest health plan provider in Colorado, announced that it will build a new IT facility in Greenwood Village and recruit 500 individuals over the coming three years to work there. The company employs around 6,000 in the state, including about 200 IT staff working in its health IT initiative. American City Business Journals/Denver (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Annual Conference in Las Vegas – Registration is Open!
    Sign up now for the WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference and save up to $300 on your conference registration. The Special "SUPER Early Bird" rates will be available through Dec. 31. Attend with your colleagues and receive a larger discount:
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