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March 13, 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.
  Technology Trends 
  • Study: Computerized discharge system enhances patient care
    A study presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting showed that adopting an electronic discharge system significantly enhanced providers' adherence to quality care standards and reduced readmission rates of heart failure patients. "The tool was designed by our most skilled cardiovascular practitioners to mirror the workflow of the physician and provide evidence-based decision support for cardiovascular care," said lead investigator Jose G. Benuzillo. Healthcare Informatics online (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Atigeo, Emdeon collaborate on data analytics initiative
    Atigeo and Emdeon have partnered in an initiative that focuses on the creation of new intelligent software solutions that could boost health outcomes. The companies will use Atigeo's x-Patterns cloud-based data analytics tool across the data repository of Emdeon to help create new applications for the health care market that use Big Data more effectively. Healthcare Informatics online (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • CMS issues 3 EHR MU questions
    Three frequently asked questions regarding the status of certified EHR systems in certain scenarios were recently published by CMS. One of the questions highlights the importance of having accurate meaningful use denominators when integrating MU data from several locations. Health Data Management (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fla. health plan members to use Asthmapolis mobile device
    Amerigroup Florida has unveiled a program that will enable its members who have asthma to use Asthmapolis' mobile health device and service for free. The initiative "is designed to help people stick with their daily preventive medications, reveal insights about their use of rescue medications and provide personalized feedback, targeted education and other tools that improve members' ability to manage their own disease," according to Amerigroup Florida. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IPhone-based ECG device gets FDA OK for nonprescription use
    The FDA has granted Cardiac Designs over-the-counter clearance for its ECG Check system. The device, designed to work with the iPhone 4S, records and transmits ECG readings to the mobile phone using Bluetooth connectivity. The information can then be sent to the ECG Check web center for evaluation by health care professionals. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Athenahealth expands operations with purchase of Epocrates
    Athenahealth has completed its purchase of Epocrates, allowing it to dramatically increase its clinician base and use the mobile capabilities of Epocrates to boost its data network. "We are committed to preserving the mobile experience that Epocrates has instilled at the point-of-care and will work to make mobility in health care even more meaningful through the introduction of workflows and capabilities that haven't yet been part of the caregiver mobile toolset," said athenahealth CEO and Chairman Jonathan Bush. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • ACO to use Healthagen's health management solutions
    An accountable care organization has been formed through the partnership of ProHealth Physicians and Aetna. The partnership will allow ProHealth Physicians to use the IT and health management solutions of Aetna's Healthagen division to match patients with programs and interventions that would be beneficial for their specific conditions. (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • Learn Everything You Need to Know About the New Omnibus Privacy & Security Regulations
    A recording of the WEDI online event, "The Omnibus is Here! Survival Guide for the New Privacy and Security Regulations," is available for digital download. Accessible at no cost for WEDI members and only $149 for non-members, the recorded session offers an in-depth review of the revisions to the privacy and security rules, including enforcement and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Download the session. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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