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November 20, 2012
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  • CMS accepts feedback on proposed stage 3 MU criteria
    The CMS is seeking public input on potential stage 3 meaningful use measures developed by Mathematica Policy Research and the National Committee for Quality Assurance to be used by health care professionals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The proposed measures are intended to evaluate key parts of the yearly wellness visit benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • State health agencies plan IT system upgrades, despite obstacles
    Many state health departments are implementing best practices and technological advancements to modernize their IT platforms, according to a survey published by Microsoft and the American Public Human Services Association. The report found that 57% of agencies have not upgraded their IT systems but that the majority of them will pursue modernization within the next three to five years. Healthcare IT News (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • EMR use among U.S. physicians grows 50%, survey finds
    A Health Affairs survey showed a 50% increase in EMR use among primary care physicians in the U.S., although use is outpaced by that of some other countries where EMR use is nearly universal. Researchers also found the capability for electronic sharing of patient data is mostly concentrated in bigger practices and those that are part of integrated health systems. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Industry stakeholders cite interoperability as a major concern
    More than a quarter of 1,000 doctors, consumers and industry professionals surveyed by Greenway Medical Technologies cited interoperability as a top concern when using health IT systems. Other concerns raised by respondents include medical staff alignment and overall costs. "The report reinforces the need for hospitals and health care providers to take a lead role in three major trends impacting patient care -- data electronification, consumerism and population health improvement," said Greenway President and CEO Tee Green. Healthcare IT News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Project aims to give providers access to EHR training, loans
    The American Health Information Management Association will collaborate with the Delta Regional Authority on a microloan program to help eligible providers purchase EHR systems. Loans of $5,000 or $7,500 will be provided by DRA to serve as a down payment for a system, and AHIMA will provide education. Healthcare IT News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
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  Sponsored Poll 
  • What is your biggest concern about using the cloud for health IT?
Security of patient information
Uncertainty about availability of information and/or applications
Lack of direct control over data and/or applications
Uncertainty over contingencies in the case of emergencies

  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Institute allots $12 million for patient outcomes studies
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has announced $12 million in funding to about 14 projects aimed at bridging the gaps in clinical outcomes research. "Our goal is to improve this field of research by building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods, and training researchers, patients and other stakeholders to participate in the conduct of research," PCORI Executive Director Dr. Joe Selby said. Healthcare IT News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • CHIME case study series: Bedside medication verification
    CHIME recently launched a case study series titled "When IT Matters: Improving Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes through Technology." Read the first in the series, "Changing the Culture: One Hospital's Journey to Improve Care Delivery with Bedside Medication Verification," which chronicles the adoption of an electronic bar-coding system that verifies medication delivery at Cook Children's Health Care System under the leadership of Senior Vice President and CIO Theresa Meadows. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., CHIME SmartBrief will not be published Thursday, Nov. 22. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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