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January 18, 2013
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  EHRs and MU 
  • MU penalties to fuel growth in e-Rx use this year, study finds
    The rate of e-prescribing use among doctors rose to 65% last year from 6% in 2007 and is poised for significant growth in 2013 as meaningful use penalties near, according to a Black Book Market Research study that ranks this year's top 10 e-prescribing tools for attaining MU. Issues tied to funding, connectivity and state regulations, however, were cited as barriers. InformationWeek (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Ill. health center to launch teleneurology initiative
    Saint Anthony's Health Center is partnering with Specialists On Call to launch a teleneurology program in Illinois that will enable patients with neurologic emergencies or stroke to easily consult with neurologists at any time of day. "The teleneurologist is available within 15 minutes and is immediately able to evaluate the patient's CT scan which was performed upon their arrival. It's incredibly efficient and beneficial for our stroke patients," said Dr. Ghanem Abusbeih, emergency department medical director at Saint Anthony's. Healthcare IT News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • 262 make Healthgrades' top hospitals list for 2013
    A group of 262 U.S. hospitals earned a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades this year based on outcomes criteria that often involve the use of health IT. The hospitals were graded based on their risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for 27 medical conditions and treatment procedures affecting Medicare patients. Healthcare IT News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mayo Clinic, Optum to establish R&D facility
    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has entered a partnership with health IT provider Optum to create a research and development center. Mayo scientists will use claims data from Optum Labs to study treatments for conditions including chronic myelogenous leukemia and to explore ways to improve the diagnosis of hepatitis C. Healthcare Informatics online (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Patients more likely to get antibiotics with e-visit, study says
    Patients with sinus or urinary tract infections were more likely to be prescribed antibiotics during an online e-visit than during an in-person office visit, according to a study that compared the two treatment models at four primary care practices. The report in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated that treating UTI patients costs an average of $74 for an e-visit, compared with $93 for an office visit. Reuters (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Electronic palliative care reports reduce hospital admissions
    Unplanned hospital admissions were reduced when emergency department physicians had access to electronic palliative care summary information for cancer patients who arrived outside of regular hours, University of Aberdeen researchers reported in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. "Pro-active planning for out-of-hours contacts is one way of promoting continuity of care and high quality palliative care and should be encouraged," the authors wrote. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Startup firm unveils subscription-based telemedicine service
    A nationwide mobile telemedicine service that can be used by college students to consult with doctors through secure e-mail, video and phone was launched by CampusMD. Aside from consultations, students can leverage the service to have their EHRs sent to campus clinics and personal doctors. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Track 
  • Software developer taps new manager
    Boston Software Systems has appointed Doug Bilbrey as its business development manager. Bilbrey, who has been in the health care IT industry for more than 24 years, will be responsible for establishing collaborations with health care vendors that offer revenue-cycle systems management solutions. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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