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July 30, 2013
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Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report:
Improving Care Delivery with Health IT
Thanks to technological innovations, huge strides have been made in disease research, hospital efficiency, information sharing and patient care. This Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report looks at some of the many ways that advances in technology have changed and improved how health care is delivered to patients.
EHRs and HIE 
  • NIH funds Big Data knowledge centers
    The NIH requested applications for grants totaling $96 million over the next four years for efforts to manage, integrate and analyze data as part of the Institutes' Big Data to Knowledge initiative. The new BD2K Centers of Excellence will develop methods, software and tools to integrate biomedical and health data, including images, electronic health records, genomics data and environmental data. Government Health IT online (7/24) Email this Story
  • Study: EHRs help providers manage public health
    Medical professionals' use of EHRs helps them better manage public health and fight illnesses that can be prevented by vaccines, according to a study conducted by a team of researchers from Columbia University School of Nursing. "EHRs greatly enhance our ability to help at-risk populations for whom up-to-date immunizations are critical, such as children, immunosuppressed individuals, or the chronically ill," nursing professor and lead investigator Jacqueline Merrill said. Vaccine News Daily (7/22) Email this Story
  • Partnership to help clinicians by aligning SNOMED and LOINC
    A partnership has been formed between the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation and the Regenstrief Institute to connect their worldwide health care terminologies, SNOMED Clinical Terms and Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, to enhance the interoperability, safety and functionality of EMRs. The deal is expected to reduce duplicate efforts and free up scarce resources for needed upgrades. Healthcare IT News (7/24) Email this Story
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Mobile Health 
  • FDA workgroup considers mHealth regulation
    A sub-workgroup of the FDA Safety Innovation Act met on July 19 to come up with recommendations about if and how mobile health applications and health IT should be regulated. The group decided that mHealth and HIT should not be subject to FDA oversight with some exceptions, including medical device data systems, medical device accessories that are used with smartphones, and some clinical decision support apps or software. The full FDASIA workgroup will consider the recommendations before sending them to the ONC and the FDA. Healthcare IT News (7/22) Email this Story
  • U.S. broadband users want live chats with specialists
    A study conducted by Parks Associates revealed that more than 17 million households in the country with broadband connection expressed their interest in having live chat services with medical care experts. In addition, Parks Associates reported that half of participating broadband households can access Web-based medical services such as online prescription refills and real-time video calls with physicians. (7/24) Email this Story
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Solutions for Rural Providers 
  • Telemedicine needs support from insurers, lawmakers
    Medical journals are documenting the successes of telemedicine, but payers, politicians and regulators are slow to catch up, writes Paul Cerrato. Studies found that patients whose blood pressure was remotely monitored were more successful at controlling it than those who weren't and that fewer newborns who were telemonitored ended up back in the hospital. Obstacles to wider adoption of telehealth initiatives include insurance companies that won't pay for the services and doctors who can't treat patients in other states, he writes. InformationWeek (7/16) Email this Story
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