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December 6, 2012
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Analyst: Data-driven demands are spurring health IT growth
    Innovation within health IT is all about data, data intelligence and data analysis, according to Gartner analyst Vi Shaffer, who said there are three top questions facing the health care sector: "What do I do with all this data? How do I use it for true clinical research? How do I use it to study the effectiveness of my care?" (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • Health care foundation launches gaming app contest
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has unveiled a tech challenge for software developers to design a gaming application that produces helpful information to boost the health status of users. The contest, which has two phases, offers a $100,000 first prize, $50,000 second prize and $25,000 third prize. Health Data Management (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Health care analytics market poised to reach $10.8B in 5 years
    A MarketsandMarkets report predicts that the market for health care analytics will reach $10.8 billion by 2017, driven by health IT regulations, advances in analytical tools and the growth of Big Data. Top users of health care analytics are providers and payers, who leverage the technology to combat fraud, reduce costs and generate revenue, among other functions. Healthcare Informatics online (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Brain health tech market could hit about $10B in 2020
    A SharpBrains report forecasts that the market for brain wellness systems, which include mobile and online tools for cognitive evaluations, behavioral treatments and training, will exceed $1 billion by the end of the year and could reach as high as $10 billion in 2020. The rising demand for the technology is driven in large part by the aging population, the report notes. Healthcare IT News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CORHIO partners with physician practices
    The Colorado Regional Health Information Organization will be adding more than 175 practitioners to its membership through a partnership with a Denver-based primary care practice association. "We made the decision as a group to invest in this technology, but ultimately it's an investment in our patients and their health," said Dr. Michael Archer, head of the Primary Physician Partners board. Healthcare Informatics online (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Platform allows patient monitoring via live video chat
    AT&T has unveiled a cloud-based remote patient-monitoring platform designed to enable physicians to better monitor their patients' chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, via video chat. Video chatting may allow clinicians to observe signs of problems such as mood and skin color changes that they would not be able to note through a phone conversation, according to an AT&T official. eWeek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICSA, IHE collaborate on HIT certification initiative
    A new certification initiative was launched by ICSA Labs and IHE USA to ensure health IT interoperability and security. "Implementing products certified to the IHE profiles will allow health care providers and hospitals to take advantage of more complex workflows that can make a huge difference in applying information technology to health care," said Joyce Sensmeier, IHE USA president and HIMSS Informatics vice president. Healthcare IT News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI Webinar: Electronic Payments and Remittance – Countdown to Standardization!
    Thursday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST
    Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) have new requirements mandated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Per the ACA, all health plans will be required to implement EFT and comply with recently published operating rules by January 2014. Changes include the use of the CCD+ standard NACHA transaction as well as accurate population of the TRN segment in the Addenda record of that CCD+ transaction. Please join the WEDI EFT Subworkgroup co-chairs as they explain the new requirements of the EFT Standards Final Rule and EFT/ERA Operating Rules Interim Final Rule with Comments. Register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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