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June 15, 2012
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  • US Ignite broadband initiative aims to advance telemedicine
    An executive order that would make it easier for broadband carriers to construct networks through federal assets was signed by President Barack Obama on Thursday. The president also introduced the US Ignite broadband initiative, which will develop advanced telemedicine technology with partners including health care groups, vendors and government agencies. Health Data Management (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Panelists call for more overlap between health IT and telehealth
    Panelists at the American Telemedicine Association conference in San Jose, Calif., said telehealth technology needs more bridging with EMRs and other health care IT. "Telemedicine is the answer to so many challenges we face in 10 years in health care," said Dr. Carl Keldie, chief medical officer of Corizon. Michael Lemnitzer with Philips Home Healthcare Solutions predicted that most EHR vendors will have telehealth applications in three years, but added that national standards will be necessary. Healthcare IT News (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Report names top 11 chronic disease technologies to watch
    A report from health policy group NEHI lists 11 emerging technologies that it says hold promise in enhancing care delivery to chronic disease patients while reducing costs. The list includes technologies that support telestroke care and mobile applications to manage asthma, diabetes, heart disease and drug adherence. Healthcare IT News (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tablets boost CVD dialogue among Hispanics with diabetes
    Data on 122 Hispanic type 2 diabetes patients with no history of heart disease showed those who used a Spanish-language, tablet computer-based communication tool had an 87% higher overall therapeutic intervention rate for cardiovascular disease compared with those in the control group. The tool also allowed better CVD risk discussion between patients and providers, researchers noted. The findings were presented at the American Diabetes Association's 72nd Scientific Sessions. Endocrine Today (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMGA, Press Ganey partner to launch ACO app
    The American Medical Group Association has partnered with Press Ganey Associates to create the Coordinated Care Solution, a survey platform to help accountable care organizations find ways to enhance efficiency and quality. The tool examines the views of patients in various areas, including the care team's effectiveness, cost, coordination and communication in care settings and the level of patient choice. Health Data Management (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • 10 data security strategies amid the BYOD phenomenon
    ID Experts has compiled 10 recommendations from industry experts on how organizations can protect information stored in mobile devices amid the bring-your-own-device trend. They include implementing a proactive data management approach similar to that used by financial companies, encrypting all mobile devices and using geolocation-tracking tools. (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Featured Content 

  • Top industry CEOs list 10 keys to high-value health care
    CEOs and other leaders from some of the nation's leading health groups, including the Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and the Department of Veterans Affairs, have come up with a checklist of 10 strategies that have proven effective in driving better care quality at lower costs. A key item on the list is pursuing IT best practices to ensure electronically transmitted data is reliable to and from the point of care. Healthcare IT News (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advocacy groups issue policy brief on HIE security
    The Center for Democracy & Technology and Consumers Union have released a report intended to brief policymakers on ways to promote security and privacy in health information exchanges. Among the report's seven recommendations are making all businesses that use, access or disclose patient data legally accountable, reviewing the laws protecting health information and strengthening compliance with those laws. Health Data Management (6/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • Mostashari confirms CTO appointment
    National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Farzad Mostashari announced that HHS has appointed Bryan Sivak to serve as its chief technology officer. Sivak, who has been chief innovation officer of Maryland for more than a year, replaces Todd Park, who was tapped for the federal CTO spot in March. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (6/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI-CMS Industry Collaboration & Next Steps Webinar
    Free (Registration is required)
    June 25, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    WEDI and CMS are collaborating with ASC X12 and other industry representatives to host the next online presentation in the ASC X12 5010 Implementation webinar series. These online presentations are designed to gather feedback, track challenges and provide guidance to correcting ASC X12 5010 implementation-related issues. The June 25 webinar will address the changes that take effect on July 1, as well as some of the barriers to submitting complaints to CMS. It will also analyze submitted issues and work to identify appropriate solutions. Following the presentations, there will be a Q&A session. Get more information and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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