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January 3, 2013
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  • Idaho hospice settles with HHS for violating HIPAA security rule
    A settlement agreement of $50,000 was reached between Hospice of North Idaho and HHS' Office for Civil Rights that stemmed from a violation of the HIPAA security rule for smaller data breaches. The incident occurred when a laptop computer with the health data of 441 patients was lost in 2010. "This action sends a strong message to the health care industry that, regardless of size, covered entities must take action and will be held accountable for safeguarding their patients' health information," said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 6 Lessons Learned About Hospital Smartphone Integration
As more and more hospitals work to incorporate smartphones into their communication network, they have learned important lessons that can help other facilities make a smooth transition. Read white paper.

  EHRs and MU 
  • EHRs call for balancing patients and computers
    The focus on EHRs in health care means that computers are showing up in more and more medical exam rooms. Clinicians should make sure that entering information does not detract from connecting with patients, Dr. Kenneth Bertka writes. If possible, clinicians should sit facing patients even while at the computer. Bertka also recommends that practices be specific about who is responsible for data entry. (12/31) 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.
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Report breaks down 5 ACO payment models
    The move to accountable care organizations presents leaders with the challenge of identifying which payment model would best help them achieve the ACO goals of better care quality and outcomes at reduced costs. An American Academy of Actuaries report describes the five common ACO payment schemes, which include one-sided shared savings and bundled payments. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital health startup to design smart bottles for liquid drugs, pills
    AdhereTech wants to boost the efforts of digital health companies to promote patient medication adherence by developing an innovative smart bottle that is capable of detecting when pills as well as liquid drugs are missed. The firm could identify nonadherence by looking at the dosage schedule of patients and comparing it with the data gathered from the bottle and transmitted to a HIPAA-compliant cloud server. AdhereTech is planning to launch the smart bottles in HIV, cancer and transplant drug markets. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are you ready for machine learning?
With the advent of big data, the amount of data and our ability to process it has increased exponentially. It's an environment perfectly suited for machine learning. So how can you make it part of your analytic infrastructure? This e-book highlights the capabilities of machine learning, and best practices you can implement to take full advantage of it. Download Here.
  Technology Trends 
  • Protecting psychiatric records could affect patients' readmission rates
    Allowing nonpsychiatric doctors to access inpatient psychiatric records stored in EMR systems could decrease the readmission rate of psychiatric patients in health care facilities, according to research in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Securing psychiatric patients' records has unintended consequences such as hindering people from receiving better care, said Dr. Adam Kaplin, study leader and an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/2), Healthcare IT News (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prosthesis with microprocessors is controlled by app
    Instead of having to change her prosthesis every time she engages in a different activity, Tara Butcher now wears the new Magellan leg, which recently became available in the U.S. Sensors in the foot enable microprocessors in the ankle to adapt to different types of terrain, and Butcher can make adjustments using an application on her smartphone. The app also shares information electronically with Butcher's prosthetist. KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 will see more HIEs gaining ground, experts say
    The increased focus on improving care quality at lower costs will drive the development of health information exchanges this year, particularly in areas where the need for data sharing previously was not apparent. The new year also will usher in more standardization and a greater focus on breaking down silos and proving the clinical and business value of HIEs, experts say. Government Health IT online (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI launches new website to help industry implement health IT initiatives
    With the numerous health IT regulatory demands on the health care industry, there is a great need for access to critical information to help companies meet those demands. In support of helping the health care industry meet the requirements of HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act, WEDI is pleased to announce the recent launch of its new website. Visit for more information on the myriad resources available. The new website includes:
    • Free access to WEDI's Knowledge Center, containing whitepaper and issue briefs on critical health IT topics
    • The ability to search the website by workgroup or topic
    • Access to a health IT innovative showcase that displays industry practices
    • A new health IT compliance guide and key regulatory timeframes
    • A vendor marketplace to search for vendor solutions
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--Benjamin Franklin,
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