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January 28, 2013
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  • WEDI conducts ICD-10 progress survey
    A Web-based ICD-10 industry progress survey has been launched by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange. Survey results will help WEDI, CMS and other groups evaluate the industry's progress in implementing ICD-10 and help them devise programs that will aid health care groups in meeting the 2014 compliance date, according to WEDI officials. Health care groups can submit their survey responses until Feb. 20. Healthcare IT News (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Md. health agency equips clinics with EHR, PHR solutions
    Medical Informatics Engineering's WebChart EHR solution and NoMoreClipboard's personal health records software are now being used by the Prince George's County Health Department in Maryland, encompassing 25 clinics that offer services related to mental health, epidemiology and women's health. The adoption of the PHR platform is expected to allow clinic doctors to communicate with patients electronically and access their data more easily. Health Data Management (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Billings Clinic, AHRQ to examine pros, cons of HIT adoption
    A study examining the effect of health IT adoption on workflows in small and medium-sized ambulatory practices that are turning into medical homes will be conducted by Billings Clinic in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Unfortunately, health IT systems can fail to generate anticipated results and even carry unintended consequences, which undermine usability and usefulness. Directly or indirectly, health IT may create more work, new work, excessive systems demands, or inefficient workflow," according to the AHRQ. Health Data Management (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Potential data breach affects more than 1,000 patients in Pa.
    Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa., announced a potential data breach that may have affected 1,182 patients. The incident occurred when an unencrypted CD of patient records, sent by the hospital to its Medicare administrative contractor, got lost in the mail. Data stored on the CD included patients' names and account balances, as well as Medicare ID numbers for around 70% of affected individuals. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Heritage Provider works with UCLA, Open mHealth on tech challenge
    An innovation challenge launched by Heritage Provider Network, Open mHealth and the University of California, Los Angeles, calls on developers to leverage Open's mobile health architecture to develop new applications. The contest will "produce mobile applications that address new models of meaningful, self-delivered health care," said Jim Davis, UCLA's vice provost of information technology and chief academic technology officer. Healthcare Informatics online (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ga. to boost telehealth capabilities of public centers
    Georgia Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald announced a plan to form telemedicine units, each worth around $20,000, in every public health center in the state within two to three years. All county health departments have teleconferencing capabilities, and the commissioner's next plan is to launch telehealth carts equipped with advanced cameras, sensors and computers to connect patients with distant physicians. The Macon Telegraph (Ga.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HL7 launches new health IT team
    The Clinical Quality Information Work Group was recently established by Health Level Seven International. An organizational infrastructure will be provided by the group to "collaborate, educate and foster greater communication and coordination with external quality, health care delivery and management, professional and government stakeholder organizations, as well as across HL7's work groups," said HL7 CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe. Government Health IT online (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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