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February 12, 2013
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  • Personal use of cloud computing affects groups' tech adoption
    A survey sponsored by IT services provider CDW and conducted by O'Keeffe & Co. found that employees' personal use of cloud computing tools and services boosted the decisions of organizations to implement the technology. The results of the survey also showed that 26% of responding health IT staff use the cloud for computing power, while 29% leverage it for collaboration and conferencing. Health Data Management (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • URAC asks for feedback on revised case management measures
    Nonprofit health care accreditation group URAC is asking for feedback on the changes it has introduced to its Case Management Standards and Performance Measures. The revisions are aimed at highlighting the importance of IT to meet case management performance objectives and enhancing patient engagement, transitions and care coordination. Healthcare IT News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best-of-breed IT systems are preferred by ED doctors, report finds
    A KLAS report finds best-of-breed emergency department information systems gained a 59% higher satisfaction rating among doctors than enterprise technologies. Best-of-breed systems garnered higher scores in terms of overall usability, clinical decision support and data accuracy, while enterprise tools gained advantage in care continuity, interoperability and communication. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Employers can use apps to promote wellness activities
    Applications such as the IBX Wire, FitBit, Endomondo Sports Tracker and Digifit are tools employers can use to give employees information about wellness activities or to help them monitor their efforts. Hotseat is a new app coming out this year that incorporates social accountability and games to create two-minute office activity breaks. Mashable (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts weigh in on most useful imaging apps
    Studies show the vast majority of U.S. health care professionals use a smartphone, and there are thousands of health-related smartphone apps available to choose from. This article features 10 useful apps for medical imaging professionals based on discussions with industry experts. Included in the list is MIM Software's Mobile MIM, an app for Apple devices that allows for diagnostic reading of medical images including PET scans. Other tools offer clinical calculations, drug data and more. (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Government unveils upgraded CONNECT tool
    An updated version of the CONNECT open source tool has been launched by the federal government to promote secure sharing of health data. CONNECT 4.0 incorporates compatibility with more application servers and accommodates greater messaging volumes. Health Data Management (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report identifies 5 key HIT-related safety issues
    An ECRI Institute report has identified five potential safety issues tied to health IT, which include insufficient data transfer between HIT systems and incorrect data input in patient records. The report notes the environment in which the system operates needs to be part of the consideration of any HIT efforts, which include planning, implementation and ongoing use and assessment. Government Health IT online (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Omnibus Virtual Event – This Friday, Feb. 15!
    It's not too late to register for this week's FREE WEDI Virtual Event, "The Omnibus is Here! Survival Guide for the New Privacy & Security Regulations," on Friday, Feb. 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. The online event offers detailed sessions delivered by industry experts that address the revisions to the privacy and security rules, including enforcement and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Sessions include:
    • Level Setting - The Omnibus
    • Uses and Disclosures, and
    • Breach and Risk Assessment.
    View the agenda and list of speakers on the event information page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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