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Health IT Special Report: The future is now in health IT
Advances in technology are making exciting innovations in health care possible. But CIOs should not wait to bring their organizations up to speed; many of these innovations are happening now. This HIT Special Report looks at how health care is changing and what it takes to keep up in today's fast-paced health IT environment.
  Advancing Care with IT 
  • EHR adoption improves quality of care for certain diseases
    EHR adoption in physicians' offices leads to improved care, according to research from the Hudson Valley Initiative. Doctors who used EHRs scored higher on care quality screening measures for breast cancer, diabetes, colorectal cancer and chlamydia. "As with any health IT tool, an EHR is only part of the solution and must be integrated into the practice workflow and used by the care team to advance high quality, patient-centered care," said Dr. A. John Blair III, president of Taconic IPA and CEO of MedAllies, the health data services provider for the initiative. Healthcare Informatics online (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lay the IT groundwork for care transformation
    The challenges posed by the meaningful use mandates and other regulatory efforts to transform care are the most crucial IT concerns facing health care leaders today, said Tim Terrell, CIO of Cornerstone Health Care in North Carolina. In this interview with Healthcare Informatics, Terrell cited analytics and integration as the key IT elements needed to unite those efforts. Healthcare Informatics online (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers develop mobile app to help ease anxiety
    Mental health experts have developed the Anxiety Coach application, a self-help tool designed to aid patients in managing anxiety disorders. The app features educational materials on anxiety and treatments, a "check-up" system that lets patients assess their symptoms, and a central component that allows patients to select their fears from a list and take part in about 500 activities designed to help ease those fears. Healthcare IT News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Privacy & Security 
  • CIOs examine ways to prevent security breaches
    The widespread and rapid digitization of patient health records has left health care organizations vulnerable to security breaches, as evidenced by the growing list of data breaches on the HHS website. Health care CIOs weigh in on the best courses of action to secure data, including educating employees and being honest with patients about breaches. Some CIOs are calling for data security standards and practices to help protect data. Healthcare Informatics online (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Workers worry about privacy with BYOD
    Software used for the security of organizational information accessed on personal electronic devices makes some enterprise workers nervous, according to a survey of 2,243 workers by Fiberlink. Some 82% felt that tracking software was an invasion of their privacy, and the same number were concerned about employers using security software to track the websites they visit. Others had fears that employers would delete personal content. (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ICD-10 Update 
  • Deadlines loom for ICD-10 implementation
    ICD10Watch Editor Carl Natale updated the ICD-10 timeline originally produced by AHIMA and HIMSS to account for the extra year added by CMS for organizations to make the transition to the new codes. The timeline runs from internal impact assessments, which should begin by the end of March 2013, to final testing in September 2014. Government Health IT online (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Information Exchange 
  • ONC shifts control of NwHIN to private group
    The ONC announced it is moving control of the Nationwide Health Information Network to a public-private collaboration called the eHealth Exchange. The operations of the group, which will be supported by nonprofit organization Healtheway, include interoperability and conformance evaluation and maintenance of operating procedures and regulations. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Doctors see benefits of HIEs
    A survey conducted by the nonprofit group Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Healthcare found that physicians have become more accepting of health information exchanges, and 69% of physician groups surveyed reported using EMRs, up from less than 50% two years ago. Dr. Michael Barr noted that new care models focusing on population health management have made HIEs more popular. HealthLeaders Media (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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