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November 21, 2012
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A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
Prepare for and mitigate unforeseen events in your datacenter. Read how it's done at Adventist Health Systems. Inside: Steps to Deliver Highly Available Patient Care, Uncover Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities, Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices, A Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery 101 - The Basics. Download now.
  EHRs and MU 
  • Study links EHR portal access to higher health care use
    Patients who used Web-based EHR system portals showed higher rates of physician office visits and telephone calls with providers compared with nonusers, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Higher rates of after-hours clinic visits, emergency department encounters and hospitalizations were also associated with EHR portal use among patients, researchers said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 Common Website Scenarios That Make a Web CMS Essential
Not running a CMS (Content Management System) yet for your website? Get this guide for 10 common scenarios where a Web CMS is essential. Website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users of any level, to create and manage website content with ease.

  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Big Pharma firms work together on clinical databank
    Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. are pooling information about clinical investigators in an effort to speed the clinical trial process and avoid repeating one another's efforts. The databank will make information on investigators' clinical practice training available across the three firms, allowing investigators looking into a new indication or disease to forgo training at one firm if they have already had the appropriate training at another. Reducing the administrative burden will effectively expand the pool of investigators, said Dr. Andreas Koester, chief of clinical trial innovation at J&J unit Janssen Research & Development. Blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Institute allots $12 million for patient outcomes studies
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has announced $12 million in funding to as many as 14 projects aimed at bridging the gaps in clinical outcomes research. "Our goal is to improve this field of research by building data infrastructure, improving analytic methods and training researchers, patients and other stakeholders to participate in the conduct of research," PCORI Executive Director Dr. Joe Selby said. Healthcare IT News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile monitoring products developer launches data sharing device
    A wireless event monitor, called wEvent, was recently unveiled by CardioNet to help doctors wirelessly send activity and symptom reports. The device, which would share a monitoring system with the firm's Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry, is expected to boost patient convenience and back office efficiencies. (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Track 
  • DOE unveils online HIT training platform
    The Department of Energy has developed an open-source Web-based development and presentation platform that can be used to develop HIT training modules customized to an organization or school. Bellevue College in Washington state is already using the software for distance learning courses including "Health IT Foundations for IT Professionals in Healthcare Organizations" and "Health Informatics 101." Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI National Conference in Las Vegas -- 2 weeks left to submit your proposal
    WEDI is inviting individuals and companies to submit presentation proposals to be considered for the WEDI 22nd Annual National Conference to be held May 13-16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev. The conference is expected to attract more than 500 health information management professionals to learn the latest in the management of health information and technologies. We need you to share your expertise, successes and ideas with your peers! Learn more and submit a proposal. 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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  • SmartBrief will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., SmartBrief will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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