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January 8, 2013
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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 
  • Interbit Data completes patent deal with MMRGlobal
    A patent license agreement was finalized between health care software solutions firm Interbit Data and MMRGlobal. Under the agreement, the more than 750 hospitals that are using the NetDelivery platform of Interbit will be offered the MyMedicalRecords and MMRPatientView Personal Health Record services. "The agreement with us provides a mechanism for hospitals to easily implement the MMR solution to apply with both Meaningful Use and to prevent any liability in terms of patent infringement," said Interbit Data CEO Arthur Young. American City Business Journals/Boston/BioFlash blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Reminders from health departments raise vaccination rates
    Timely reminders about the vaccinations of preschool children are more efficient in boosting immunization rates when provided by local and state health departments than by primary care practices, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers said the findings indicate that practices and public health departments should work together to find children who need vaccinations. Healthcare Informatics online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Alliance selects tech consulting firm as CSF assessor
    Booz Allen Hamilton was tapped by the Health Information Trust Alliance to be a Common Security Framework assessor. The company will be responsible for performing data security audits for health care organizations of different complexity and size, as well as assessing their security compliance. Healthcare IT News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C. cancer facility confirms data breach
    The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has contacted around 3,500 individuals whose personal data was compromised when two of the facility's servers were hacked. The breach was discovered in May, but the center examined all of the files by hand that could have possibly been affected, so notification did not go out until recently. Overall, the information of fewer than 15 people who participated in studies at the center was thought to be involved in the breach. The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fitbit boosts sleep health monitoring with activity tracking tool
    Fitbit has launched Fitbit Flex, a Bluetooth Smart-enabled activity tracking tool, that allows individuals to monitor their sleep health at night. The device can also be used to measure calories burned, steps taken and active minutes of users. Flex transmits the information into the Fitbit application and portal, and users can also share their health data with other mobile apps. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • CHIME, HIMSS tap CIO award recipient
    HIMSS and CHIME have chosen James Turnbull, chief information officer at University of Utah Health Care, to receive the 2012 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Turnbull's achievements in more than 37 years in the health care industry include introducing computerized physician order entry systems and EMRs using three different vendor products at three health care organizations. Healthcare Informatics online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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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