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December 13, 2012
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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.
  EHRs and MU 
  • Pa. patient safety advocate compiles EHR issues in state's facilities
    The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has issued a compilation of EHR safety issues faced by the state's medical care facilities. "The Authority study gives not only Pennsylvania health care facilities, but all health care facilities implementing this technology, a glance at the potential problems they should anticipate and monitor after implementation," said Bill Marella, program director for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Healthcare IT News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report finds increased adoption of powerful EHRs among doctors
    Federal researchers found 73% of office-based physicians surveyed said their EHR systems could prescribe electronically, while 68% said their EHRs keep a list of patients' drug allergies. Fifty-six percent also said their EHRs allow them to provide patients with a copy of a clinical summary, while 50% said their EHRs could help a provider with one or more clinical decision-support rules. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
George Mason University's MS in Health Informatics
This online master's degree prepares students for a growing wave of data-driven careers all across healthcare. Graduates will learn to manage, analyze and interpret health data, information and knowledge through the latest IT and computational tools. Download free brochure.
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • CIO offers insight into the move to the accountable care model
    The move to the accountable care model highlights the need for an organization to strengthen its ability to manage, safeguard, define and ensure the quality of data, writes Children's Hospital Colorado CIO Mary Anne Leach. Health information exchanges, medical image exchanges and other tools to promote care coordination will be crucial, she notes. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • NIH unveils efforts to advance Big Data, biomedical research
    The NIH announced new initiatives and grants intended to boost biomedical research and improve data handling and sharing. Among the initiatives are Big Data to Knowledge to develop policies and software for sharing and analyzing data, InfrastructurePLUS to modernize the NIH's computer network and support high-performance computing and storage, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity to provide mentoring and financial support for undergraduates, and the National Research Mentoring Network to bring mentors together with students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carestream says MyVue is being tried in U.S., Italy
    Carestream Health said its MyVue Web portal is being tested at U.S. and Italian trial sites. The portal allows patients to securely access imaging scans, including PET, with the option to download them to their own PC or tablet. Houston Medical Imaging, the U.S. test site, said it is seeing success with the use of MyVue, with roughly 1,500 patients logging on in the last three months. Carestream said U.S. distribution of the system could start in February. Rochester Business Journal (N.Y.) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio startup seeks funds for device to cut intubation risks
    Miach Medical is seeking to raise money as it develops a third-generation prototype of a device that can be used to reduce intubation complications by equipping feeding and breathing tubes with pressure sensors. "Our goal is really to enhance monitoring of people who require ventilation support or feeding tubes, especially over the long term," company co-founder James Reynolds said. (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC advances implementation of emergency text service
    The Federal Communications Commission will speed the implementation of a text-to-911 initiative to allow emergency services to receive text messages. Four major wireless carriers will enable text-to-911 by May 2014 rather than according to a previously scheduled rollout in five to 10 years. The expansion also could allow personnel in the field to send data such as scans to hospitals. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • Health care software developer to locate HQ in Baton Rouge, La.
    LocalMed, a creator of platforms that enable users to schedule health care appointments using tablets, smartphones or PCs, has decided to locate its company headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., after also considering Texas and Florida. The company plans to hire 52 workers by 2016, and it is estimated that another 53 indirect jobs will be created by the move. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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