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November 28, 2012
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  • FDA streamlines medical device guidance on new website
    How the FDA publishes and asks for feedback on the guidance documents crafted by the Center for Devices & Radiological Health will be simplified thanks to the agency's new medical device guidance website. Industry stakeholders can use the website to post suggestions, recommend draft language and submit input on which topics to prioritize for guidance next year. (Boston) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health IT could expedite development of personalized medicine
    Information technology may lead to faster development of personalized medicine, experts say, which could improve outcomes and reduce the use of ineffective treatments. Data show 53% of hepatitis C patients, for example, do not respond to treatment, but personalized medicine could better match people with complex diseases to therapies that work based on their genetic and disease profiles. American Medical News (free content) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS picks 3 groups for data exchange initiative
    The CMS has selected the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium, the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corp. to be the first groups to participate in the agency's Medicare data-sharing initiative. The data exchange program offers HHS-certified organizations Medicare claims information, which can be used to assess the performance of providers. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to ensure HIPAA security in the cloud
    Health groups tend to push off cloud computing, despite the technology's potential to improve efficiencies, because of HIPAA compliance issues. This article outlines three ways to leverage the technology while ensuring HIPAA compliance: knowing the rule's provisions, understanding the cloud provider's role, and researching what your business needs in order to find a vendor with HIPAA compliance experience. Government Health IT online (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Research finds barriers to ACO development
    Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey who are developing an accountable care organization have reported on a three-part approach to establishment and identified six major barriers that affect the process. The issues include conceptual, cultural, regulatory and financial barriers, researchers wrote in Health Affairs. News (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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