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February 1, 2013
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  • Mostashari: Care coordination, payment and value fuel HIE growth
    Most groups that already are exchanging health data cite business value for patients and doctors as the key driver for HIEs. On the whole, HIEs are "trending toward care coordination, trending to the arc of payment, trending toward value, not volume," National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said during a joint HIT Policy and Standards Committees hearing. Government Health IT online (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Ga. provider to use Epic EMR system
    Piedmont Newnan Hospital announced it will implement the Epic EMR and practice management system today. The Georgia provider expects the system to streamline the payment process for patients, as well as help its physicians, nurses and other staff easily access patient data, such as test results and reports. The Times-Herald (Newnan, Ga.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Mobile app aims to help patients find quality docs
    BetterDoctor recently unveiled a mobile application to help patients look for quality dentists, pediatricians, general practitioners, OB/GYNs and optometrists in their area. The free app, which works on the iPhone, searches by location and insurance and gives users a list of doctors based on their education, affiliations, referral data and patient reviews. GigaOm (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Health care groups request security of Channel 37 spectrum band
    A coalition of health care organizations, including the American Hospital Association's American Society for Healthcare Engineering, recommended the Federal Communications Commission secure the Channel 37 spectrum band used by hospitals to operate wireless medical devices. "The potential threat to patient safety created by the widespread use of unlicensed devices operating co-channel to WMTS devices is too great to allow such devices to 'share' this band," according to the group. AHA News Now (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Utah Senate passes data protection bill
    A bill that would mandate that Utah's Department of Technology Services secure personal data by following industry best practices has been approved by the state Senate. The proposal was designed to help prevent future data breaches, such as the one that compromised the health information of around 780,000 patients last March. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIE readiness survey tool unveiled by WVHIN
    A Web-based survey tool was posted by the West Virginia Health Information Network to help providers evaluate how prepared they are to use their EHRs to link to the state's HIE network. "The survey helps the WVHIN understand the providers' connectivity goals, baseline their EHR system capability to connect to the WVHIN and to gather general information about their organization," said Amber Nary, WVHIN business development manager. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Take the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey
    The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is conducting a survey of ICD-10 preparedness. The questions are geared toward an organization's status and how the one-year delay affected plans. The information will be used to inform WEDI, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other organizations about the state of ICD-10 readiness. It also can help plan how to assist vendors, health plans and health care providers in meeting the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. All types of health care organizations are encouraged to participate in the WEDI ICD-10 Progress Survey online. The survey closes Feb. 20. For more information, contact Samantha Holvey at WEDI (202-618-8803). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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