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November 14, 2012
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  • Ex-president's program aims to boost health care for underserved
    Former President Bill Clinton has introduced the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, whose goal is to fight preventable illnesses by creating an online platform to enable patients from underserved areas to find "local, scalable" answers. "The Clinton Health Matters Initiative builds on my Foundation's work to address global health crises and the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States by engaging not only with individuals but also with the systems and places that affect individual health," Clinton said. Healthcare Informatics online (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Computer-Assisted Coding: Are you REALLY Ready?
Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) technology is helping hospitals improve coding efficiency and accuracy, but does your facility have the technology, documentation, and other resources needed to reap the full benefits? Learn the three vital steps you can take today to assess your hospital's readiness. Download this free CAC white paper today.
  EHRs and MU 
  • EHR review identifies cases of high acetaminophen intake in hospitals
    An analysis of EHRs in two Boston-area hospitals showed that 4% of patients received higher-than-recommended doses of acetaminophen, elevating the odds of toxicity and acute liver failure. Researchers recommended greater use of clinical decision-support systems to ensure appropriate usage of acetaminophen. The results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • N.Y. clinicians use online app for disaster response
    The staff at Mount Sinai Medical Center was able to update the family members of patients evacuated to the facility from other New York City hospitals after the recent superstorm through an online application developed by MDconnectME. The app, originally designed to enable surgeons in the operating room to send quick updates and pre-filled messages to a list of recipients provided by patients, is being tested by the firm for other uses, including in the realm of the patient-centered medical home. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Hospitals turn to palm scanning for patient safety
    Many hospitals are implementing palm scanning and other procedures to ensure patient safety and proper identity. Privacy advocates say the collection of biometric data could be an identity theft nightmare, but administrators say the data are safely encrypted. Also, patients are not required to be photographed or scanned. "It's a patient safety initiative," said Kathryn McClellan, a vice president at NYU Langone Medical Center. "We felt like the value to the patient was huge." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tablet use may bolster reading in diabetic retinopathy
    Tablet use was associated with improved reading speed in patients with eye disease including diabetic retinopathy, according to a small study presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting. Researchers said the reading speed among iPad users increased by 42 words per minute with an 18-point font, while those who used a Kindle attained a reading speed increase of 12 words per minute using the same font. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. HIE starts data sharing operations
    The Upper Peninsula Health Information Exchange has begun operations, covering more than 900 providers that serve about 300,000 individuals in Michigan. The HIE, which leverages the CareAlign CareExchange interoperability platform, has reached several important milestones such as sharing of structured laboratory results with another site through HL7 and on-demand continuity of care documents, UPHIE officials said. Healthcare IT News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • Health agency taps 6 innovation fellows
    HHS has selected six individuals, including entrepreneur Chris Lunt from San Francisco, to participate in its Innovation Fellows Program and collaborate with department staff on four initiatives that aim to address different health care needs and challenges in the country. "The fellows bring entrepreneurial and innovative expertise that will help revolutionize the way things are done in government and improve the health of millions of Americans in the process," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Healthcare IT News (11/13), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why health care IT will remain a robust job market
    Health care IT is expected to remain a top job market given all the activity around Big Data, information privacy and security, and greater use of virtualization, mobile solutions and cloud computing, Rich Hein writes. "Clinical analytics are a top priority for all providers, and Big Data is beginning to move from research to mainstream," says Bill Spooner of Sharp HealthCare. (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Annual Conference in Las Vegas – Registration is Open!
    Sign up now for the WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference and save up to $300 on your conference registration. The Special "SUPER Early Bird" rates will be available through Dec. 31. Attend with your colleagues and receive a larger discount:
    • 2-4 attendees: 10% off
    • 4+ attendees: 25% off
    Get information about the conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WEDI Health IT Innovation Network
    The WEDI Health IT Innovation Network is a new interactive website developed by WEDI as a tool to help health IT industry members connect with peers, share their latest innovations and learn from best practices. The website is configured to allow users to submit their organization's latest health IT innovations and easily access the network of previous submissions. The easy-to-use system offers 25 innovation categories with 55 subcategories and can be sorted by date of submission, organization name and topic. The Health IT Innovation Network is accessible to the health care industry at no cost. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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