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November 16, 2012
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  • Poll finds 50% rise in EMR use among U.S. physicians
    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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  EHRs and MU 
  • Partnership to speed up EHR adoption through loan program
    The American Health Information Management Association will collaborate with the Delta Regional Authority on a micro-loan 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
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Epocrates unveils iPad drug data app
    Epocrates recently unveiled an iPad version of its iPhone drug data application that enables doctors to effectively search the firm's drug database, examine drug interactions and compare different drugs at the same time. Future versions of the app might be capable of backing customized dashboards for users in various health specialties, said Epocrates CEO Andy Hurd. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Computer program shows promise for reducing ADHD symptoms
    Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who played a computer-based attention-training game for eight weeks showed substantial improvements in inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, a study found. The study revealed that those with severe ADHD symptoms yielded greater outcomes following the intervention, compared with other children. Healio/Infectious Diseases in Children (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • AHRQ offers 10 recommendations for developing consumer health IT
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, recognizing the rising interest among patients in health IT, has issued a report outlining 10 ways for developers to improve the usability of those technologies. These include ensuring that members of the HIT design team have relevant skill sets, researching customers and markets, and taking HIT-related privacy and safety issues into account. Government Health IT online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT firm raises funds to pilot telehealth initiative
    ArioTech, a health IT startup, is raising $500,000 to finance a pilot initiative with hospitals in the Northeast involving patients with congestive heart failure. The program, slated to begin next month, will leverage the company's Mobile Medical Digital Assistant, which was developed to be combined with EMRs and to offer two-way video communication between providers and patients. ArioTech expects its system to decrease costs associated with home care services and reduce hospital readmission rates. (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Interoperability is a big 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
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  WEDI News 
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  • WEDI Health IT Innovation Network
    The WEDI Health IT Innovation Network is a new interactive website developed by WEDI as a tool to help health IT industry members connect with peers, share their latest innovations and learn from best practices. The website is configured to allow users to submit their organization's latest health IT innovations and easily access the network of previous submissions. The easy-to-use system offers 25 innovation categories with 55 subcategories and can be sorted by date of submission, organization name and topic. The Health IT Innovation Network is accessible to the health care industry at no cost. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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