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December 31, 2012
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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 
  • EHR helps Wis. clinic have high ratings in patient care
    An analysis by Consumer Reports magazine showed that Marshfield Clinic in Wausau has nabbed the second spot in a ranking of 19 health groups in Wisconsin that offer heart disease treatments and cancer screenings, as well as care for individuals who are at least 60 years of age. The use of EHRs helped the facility attain the high ratings as the technology transmits patient data to health staff on a timely basis, said Dr. Laura Nelson, chief medical officer. Marshfield News-Herald (Wis.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Mayo Clinic introduces pregnancy guide app
    The Mayo Clinic tells expectant parents about pregnancy, birth and the first months of life through an application called Mayo Clinic on Pregnancy. The app, available for tablets, desktops and laptops that use Windows 8, has advice for staying healthy and fit during pregnancy as well as ways to soothe crying infants. United Press International (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Advocacy group calls for strong cloud privacy measures
    HHS should develop cloud-computing guidelines that focus on business associate deals, security measures and secure infrastructure, according to a letter sent to the HHS Office for Civil Rights from Dr. Deborah Peel, chair and founder of the group Patient Privacy Rights. "Issuing guidance to strengthen and clarify cloud-based protections for data security and privacy will help assure patients (that) sensitive health data they share with their physicians and other health care professionals will be protected," said Peel. Government Health IT online (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data breach affects 1,090 patients in Ky.
    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services of Kentucky is informing 1,090 Medicaid beneficiaries that their health information was compromised in November as a result of a computer scam involving a vendor, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services. Compromised information included the Social Security numbers of around 50% of the patients affected. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IAEA launches online tool to reduce radiotherapy incidents
    The International Atomic Energy Agency has introduced an online tool for radiotherapy patient safety called Safety in Radiation Oncology. SAFRON allows radiotherapy facilities to share data on incidents and near-incidents through an international learning system. The tool also aims to help radiotherapy centers create patient safety systems that can reduce the risk of incidents or repeat errors. (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A look at the pluses and minuses of clouds for health IT
    Cloud-based services are helping the health IT sector save money, boost research, share data, create health information exchanges and improve medical-team efforts, this article asserts. Concerns include how to choose a partner, as well as security and service-level agreement issues that enterprises need to focus on as clouds gain ground. Health Tech Zone (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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