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March 18, 2013
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  • EHR payments reach $12.3B, CMS reports
    CMS has issued about $12.3 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to 219,000 health care providers from the start of the program through last month. "We expect that February number will continue to grow as we process them through the month. We're already seeing some providers come in for 2013," said Robert Anthony of CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. Government Health IT online (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Lawsuit alleges IRS agents' involvement in health data theft
    A class-action lawsuit was filed by an unnamed California entity against the Internal Revenue Service regarding the alleged involvement of 15 IRS agents in the theft of about 60 million health records for 10 million patients. Compromised data included medical treatment and counseling information. Healthcare IT News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app unveiled to organize and streamline medical data
    INADEV recently unveiled a notebook application called TaposeMD that enables users to integrate health data such as medical images and audio files into their patient notes. The app has a split screen that allows users to take notes while viewing other patient information on the other side. INADEV is talking with Cerner and Allscripts about making the app compatible with their EMR systems. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  EHRs and MU 
  • CMS notifies some providers about MU incentive pre-payment audits
    CMS is notifying some providers who were chosen at random that the agency will audit their Medicare and Medicaid billing activities to be sure EHR incentives have been given to the right people. "EPs, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals should retain all relevant supporting documentation in either paper or electronic format, [including] documentation to support attestation data for meaningful use objectives and quality measures for six years post-attestation," according to CMS. EHR Intelligence (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ky. provider to use SRS EHR services
    Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers in Edgewood, Ky., will implement EHR technology and digital services from SRS. The company's EHR and practice management services will be leveraged by Commonwealth's doctors, physician extenders and staff at two physical therapy units. NJBIZ (New Jersey) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Android smartphone features health trackers
    Samsung recently unveiled its Galaxy S4 Android smartphone with sensors to help users improve their overall health. Users can also link several health tracking accessories to the phone: an activity tracker bracelet, a connected body scale and a heart monitor worn on the chest. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft unveils health app for Windows 8 OS
    A new HealthVault application for computers, tablets and smartphones that use the Windows 8 operating system has been developed by Microsoft. The app features "a section for tracking key metrics like weight, blood pressure, diet, exercise and cholesterol, complete with mini graphs showing recent trends," HealthVault Distinguished Engineer Sean Nolan wrote in a blog post. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Care With IT 
  • TeleVox, dLife collaborate to bolster patient engagement
    TeleVox Software and dLife Healthcare Solutions have partnered in an effort to boost diabetes management, adherence to medical plans and patient engagement. "Through this partnership we can provide one-stop shopping with a program ... that builds deep relationships with consumers from the point of first communication through completion of the program and beyond," said dLife CEO Sean Foster. (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  WEDI News 
  • HHS keynote speaker to address post-Omnibus privacy and security
    WEDI is excited to announce the addition of keynote speaker Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services, to the 2013 Annual National Conference. His session, "Privacy & Security Post-Omnibus: Implications and Compliance Strategies," will cover the practical considerations for organizations seeking to comply with the HITECH statute and recently released HHS Omnibus regulation. The WEDI Annual National Conference takes place Monday, May 13-Thursday, May 16, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. View the current conference agenda. Learn more and register for the WEDI Annual National Conference in Las Vegas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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