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April 20, 2012
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Hospital EHRs fall short in addressing pneumonia, heart failure
    Zynx Health examined data from 79 hospitals and found EHRs at these facilities to be lacking in evidence-based clinical processes. According to the review, only 62% of the hospitals' EHRs feature clinical best practices for cutting readmissions, mortality and overall expenses in congestive heart failure patients, while only 67% have such features for pneumonia care. InformationWeek (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to use consultants to achieve MU with limited funding
    Complying with the federal meaningful use mandates on a limited budget is challenging, but it's possible. Consultant Vince Ciotti recommends that health care groups negotiate a low rate with vendors when buying health IT systems, ask for a detailed work plan from consulting firms and conduct thorough research on each consultant's references. (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Exchange engages patients in diabetes telehealth program
    Western New York's HEALTHeLINK clinical information exchange is having early success with a pilot program that uses mobile health monitoring to identify diabetes patients at risk of hospitalization. The initiative has enrolled 116 participants and is supported by nurses who visit and train patients in the use of a telemonitoring tool for secure transmission of data such as fasting glucose and heart rate. Healthcare Informatics online (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New app aims to boost communication of those with autism
    A new iPad application for children with autism is meant to help users create visual scenes that are relevant to their current location and that allow them to practice social and communication skills. The app -- AutisMate -- was developed by Jonathan Izak, the older brother of a child with autism. "I found that parents and therapists felt the communication apps currently on the market were very limiting, over priced, and not user friendly," Izak said. Mashable (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Overturning health care law could threaten 5 HIT provisions
    The EHR incentive program likely won't be affected regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the health care law, but five health IT provisions of the statute could lose federal funding should the court decides to strike it down. These include reporting on quality, making de-identified Medicare data available and adopting interoperable HIT standards. Government Health IT online (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 hospital strategies for leveraging big data
    Harnessing the power of big data may be crucial for today's hospitals as the industry embarks on efforts to boost outcomes and revenues. Dr. Russ Richmond of Objective Health offers four ways to do so, starting with recognizing what information is available and where to retrieve it, followed by performing some plumbing to transform that data into a usable format. Government Health IT online (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Carolina announces breach in Medicaid data
    The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is informing 228,435 beneficiaries of Medicaid about a security breach involving protected medical data. The state agency recently detected the transfer of 17 spreadsheets dating back to Jan. 31 by a former employee to a personal e-mail account. The compromised information includes beneficiaries' names, addresses, Social Security numbers and Medicaid ID numbers. Health Data Management (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Carestream receives radiology IT contract from NIH
    Carestream Health has received a contract from the National Institutes of Health for the company's radiology information system technology called Vue RIS. The standalone platform, which has met the requirements for Stage 1 meaningful use, streamlines the handling of medical imaging and allows authorized clinicians to access radiology reports of patient from anywhere. Healthcare IT News (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • HIT expert offers tips on staff retention
    HIT expert Tim Tolan discusses tips on effective HIT staff retention. Tolan suggests organizations establish a culture that supports ongoing learning and training. Giving actionable feedback and scheduling one-on-one meetings can help retain top performers. Healthcare Informatics online (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI online 5010 Issue Reporting System
    WEDI has launched its online 5010 Issue Reporting System in collaboration with the CMS to support the health care industry's upgrade to ASC X12 5010. The reporting system allows all affected parties, including providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors, to easily submit their issues associated with implementing ASC X12 5010 and search through a database of current documented problems. This Web-based system offers an easy-to-use interface with multiple sorting categories and sub-categories, including the option to view previously submitted issues and responses to those posted issues. Visit the online WEDI 5010 Issue Reporting System. 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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