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January 31, 2013
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  • HIT sector saw record VC funding, M&A activity in 2012, report says
    A Mercom Capital Group report finds the health IT sector drew almost $1.2 billion in venture capital funding from 163 deals last year, surpassing the totals for 2011 and 2010. "There is significant investment and funding going into companies that engage the consumers -- like mobile health, telehealth, personal health and social health," Mercom managing partner Raj Prabhu said. Healthcare Informatics online (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • AHA comments on stage 2 MU interim final rule
    The American Hospital Association has commended the CMS and the ONC for the revisions they initiated in the interim final regulation for stage 2 meaningful use. The AHA also urged the agencies to refine the process involved in the development and examination of electronic clinical quality measures for this stage. AHA News Now (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • 6 key factors that determine ACO readiness
    An accountable care organization's readiness is determined by six primary factors, according to an in-depth review of 59 groups operating 88 different hospitals. These include existing relationships with other providers, an advanced EHR system coupled with a health information exchange adoption strategy and clinical integration across the entire spectrum of care. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • VA, DOD launch updated version of joint benefits portal
    The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department have unveiled eBenefits 4.3, the latest version of their joint Web portal that offers data on veterans and military benefits. The portal's additional features include a tool that allows users to determine whether they are qualified for employment benefits and vocational rehabilitation, as well as a calculator to project retirement benefits for reservists. Veterans can also use eBenefits 4.3 to look at the processing times for the different phases of their medical claims. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Providers are dissatisfied with oncology IT systems
    A KLAS Research report finds health care groups are dissatisfied with major vendors' oncology IT systems, citing reporting and alerts as the two most troubling aspects of the technology. Health groups also cited meaningful use as a major challenge involving the technology, saying vendors differ in their capabilities to provide MU support. Healthcare Informatics online (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBR Systems settles data breach with FTC
    CBR Systems, a cord blood bank company, has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over a data breach that affected about 298,000 people in December 2010. The parties agreed to a consent order that mandates that the firm boost its data security practices and undergo security audits every other year for 20 years. Health Data Management (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • KLAS reaches U.K. HIT market through partnership
    A partnership was recently formed between KLAS Enterprises and EHealth Insider, a U.K. independent health IT news, research and events firm, with the aim of boosting performance standards and transparency in the U.K. health IT market. "This partnership allows us to further our global mission to improve healthcare through transparency in decisions," said Chris Brown, international research director at KLAS. Healthcare Informatics online (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UC Davis institute announces health IT grants
    The University of California Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement will award two grants amounting to $1.3 million to back an initiative that will connect emergency rooms, hospitals and physicians in California. The first $1 million of the grant will help rural health groups contract with health data exchange providers. The remaining $300,000 will help health data groups and providers design data analysis platforms to monitor patient populations. American City Business Journals/Sacramento, Calif. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • ASC X12 announces a new publicly available change request system
    ASC X12's new website provides the ability for industry stakeholders to make suggestions for revisions to be considered for incorporation into the next version of ASC X12's Technical Reports Type 3 (TR3s). ASC X12 published the federally mandated 005010 TR3s originally in 2006, and with the current development cycle required to accommodate an accredited open, consensus-based standards-development process, a stringent schedule must be maintained. As a result, the Insurance Subcommittee intends to accept new requests for revisions to be considered in the next version of the TR3s until June 6. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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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