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January 23, 2013
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  • HHS unveils updates to HIPAA regulations
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of HIPAA changes to ensure that the privacy and health data of patients are protected. The HIPAA update allows patients to request an electronic copy of their EHR and gives them more control over the information that can be shared by their doctors. Healthcare Informatics online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Final HIPAA rule remains unclear on data breach notification: The just-released final rule on HIPAA privacy and security offered clarifications in some areas, but certain ambiguities remain. In this interview, health care lawyer Bob Belfort said that how data breach incidents are evaluated for breach notification purposes is among the issues that will continue to pose a challenge to health care groups. Government Health IT online (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New ways to recruit patients in drug trials needed, report says
    While about 89% of clinical trials meet their enrollment goals, 48% of trial sites miss enrollment and timeline goals, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. About 90% of drugmakers and research organizations use conventional methods such as physician referrals and mass media advertising to enroll participants, and only about 14% use social media, online data mining and EHRs to recruit participants. "The emergence of open innovation models, where scientists worldwide openly share knowledge, and novel partnerships and alliances hold significant promise to transform the nature, pace, and cost of new drug development," said Kenneth Kaitin, the center's research director. blog (1/15), PharmaTimes (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Coordinated Care 
  • Providers reap gains from CDS tools, but integration issues remain
    A KLAS report finds providers are able to glean clinical evidence from clinical decision support systems provided by third-party vendors, but integrating them with their EMRs and work flows still poses challenges. The report was based on an analysis of CDS systems used for order sets, drug databases and care plans. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • CMS guidance outlines changes to stage 1 MU rules
    New guidance released by the CMS details updates to the stage 1 meaningful use requirements for EHRs. These updates, which are now in effect for calendar year and fiscal year 2013, include measures related to computerized physician order entry systems, e-prescribing and electronic clinical data exchange. Health Data Management (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. health system creates ACO with 8 physician groups
    The University of Michigan Health System has worked with eight provider groups in the state to set up an accountable care organization. Called the Physician Organization of Michigan ACO, the initiative was among the latest ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and includes more than 1,800 doctors serving about 81,000 patients. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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