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March 4, 2013
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  • Over 13,000 pharmacies accept controlled substance e-prescriptions
    A report released by e-prescribing software vendor DrFirst found that since the federal government approved e-prescribing for controlled substances in 2012, the number of pharmacies accepting these e-prescriptions rose dramatically: from 22 in February 2012 to more than 13,000 now. DrFirst also noted the number of e-prescriptions for controlled substances using its software rose by 428% during the last half of last year. Health Data Management (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Study suggests lower-income patients left out of HIT advances
    A survey of more than 400 patients in low-income areas showed 78% of respondents want to communicate electronically with their physicians, but only 17% are able to interact with providers via e-mail, researchers wrote in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. "Lower-income patients from a wide variety of backgrounds want to be part of the health information technology revolution," said Dr. Adam Schickedanz. "The question is whether they will be afforded the opportunities to take part in the same way as their middle- and higher-income peers." U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NaphCare to offer health care services to inmates
    NaphCare will be using its technology solutions to offer health care services to inmates in the Mobile County Metro Jail and Barracks in Alabama under a contract that goes into effect July 1. "This was a competitive process, and we believe our choice of NaphCare will create a new opportunity to improve the health of our jail population and save the county additional dollars in the future," said Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran. American City Business Journals/Birmingham, Ala. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agfa set to showcase latest Impax software
    Agfa HealthCare is preparing to introduce its Impax CV Web+ software at a cardiology meeting this month. The company said the software is a standards-based, vendor-neutral system that allows for access to an integrated cardiovascular information platform's results and modalities, including nuclear cardiology data. The product is expected to be available later this year. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  EHRs and MU 
  • Virtual assistants to help docs boost care delivery, survey says
    A survey conducted by Nuance Communications found 80% of participating physicians said virtual assistants would alter the way they utilize health care applications and EHRs over five years. Doctors also said mobile virtual assistants could boost health care delivery by improving their access to patient data and giving them more time to spend with patients. Healthcare IT News (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ZH Healthcare enhances EMR tool features
    ZH Healthcare has boosted the capabilities of its ZH OpenEMR Advanced Billing Module by adding new features such as the Write-Off Engine and Patient Statement Engine. The new tools will enable billing staff to examine an account's transaction history and identify accounts that should be marked for delinquency and collections. BeckersASC.com (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  mHealth 
  • New app aims to combat depression symptoms
    Harvard University psychiatry researcher Diego Pizzagalli's efforts to study depression and look for possible treatments for it have led him to develop a mobile application called MoodTune. The app, which features several games, could enhance the cognitive performance of patients as it stimulates some parts of the brain that mitigate depression symptoms. Popular Science (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Pediatric hospital receives telehealth grant
    A $1 million federal grant was awarded to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to expand the use of telemedicine in rural areas and help providers judge which patients should receive immediate emergency care. The grant will also be used to allow physicians at outlying health facilities and those at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to communicate with each other about the best treatment for patients. American City Business Journals/Pittsburgh (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tech firm to raise $1M for data sharing platform
    Photon Medical Communications is aiming to raise $1 million to support its efforts to boost data sharing among providers. The company is known for its HIPAA-compliant mobile platform that enables hospitals to easily transmit images and diagnostic test results to on-call specialists. MedCityNews.com (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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
  • WEDI webinars now available online
    Did you miss a WEDI webinar due to a scheduling conflict? Several key webinars from 2012, 2011 and 2010 are now available for purchase on the WEDI website. Visit the WEDI website to view the various resources available to you. Purchase the webinar now and have access to it within minutes. All future WEDI webinars will be made available online for those who cannot attend the live events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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