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December 5, 2012
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  EHRs and MU 
  • 8 Vt. health centers adopt EHR systems
    The Bi-State Primary Care Association and Vermont Information Technology Leaders have helped eight safety net health centers in Vermont fully adopt and implement EHRs. The centers gave contracts to five EHR vendors, including eClinicalWorks and Allscripts. Health Data Management (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Heart association: Social media could help fight childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association has issued a scientific statement that says social media may become an important tool for fighting childhood obesity, but it noted that evidence from intervention studies to date is inconclusive. Jennifer Li, chairwoman of the group that wrote the statement, said studies do show parental involvement and more interaction with counselors and peers are linked to greater success for children who participated in online programs. Forbes (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T CMIO: Telehealth is the new house call
    Health care solutions such as remote monitoring may be revolutionizing the way physicians interact with their patients, but they also have the potential to rekindle a more traditional doctor-patient relationship, according to Dr. Geeta Nayyar, the chief medical information officer for AT&T. Nayyar equates telehealth to house calls of old. (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Surgeon uses iPod navigation platform in pinless knee replacement
    Dr. Timothy Williams, a surgeon at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis, has conducted the first operation in Indiana using Brainlab's DASH Smart Instrument Technology, an iPod-based navigation platform. The system helped Williams perform a pinless knee replacement by providing him with a detailed, 3D look at the inside of the knee. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Mass. hospital system tries software to reduce readmissions
    UMass Memorial Health Care is using transaction analytics software to track patients admitted to its five hospitals in an effort to reduce readmissions for patients with heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. The system was penalized by Medicare for high readmission rates and the software is designed to flag at-risk patients, prompting physicians and nurses to do follow-up care. The Wall Street Journal/CIO Report (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio bank encourages walking via tracking program
    Advantage Bank of Cambridge, Ohio, uses tracking software and pedometers from Walkingspree to engage employees in a walking program to improve their health. The company offers incentives for participation and so far, 131 of 139 participants have averaged more than 6,000 steps per day, and the remaining eight have averaged at least 5,000 steps. Health Data Management (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 750 Ind. physicians agree to publish quality data
    The Indiana Health Information Exchange announced that more than 750 of the state's physicians will allow their clinical quality scores to be published online as part of the organization's Quality Health First initiative. "Reporting these quality scores is a significant milestone for physician practices seeking to demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality of care provided to patients," said Harold Apple, IHIE's president and CEO. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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