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November 26, 2012
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  • CMS selects 3 groups to participate in data sharing initiative
    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
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  EHRs and MU 
  • Study links e-visits to fewer tests, higher prescribing rates
    Virtual office visits that utilize EHRs were associated with fewer tests for urinary tract infections and sinusitis compared with in-person visits, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. However, researchers noted higher rates of antibiotic prescriptions were associated with e-visits. "When physicians cannot directly examine the patient, physicians may use a 'conservative' approach and order antibiotics," the researchers wrote. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • App aids patients in managing urinary incontinence
    An application called iDry may help patients manage urinary incontinence with a schedule that can help change their bladder activity. The app, developed in coordination with the NIH's National Institute on Aging, provides data to users such as how diet, medications and exercise habits influence their incontinence. Health Tech Zone (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Trends 
  • Study finds link between clinical IT ROI, informatics group support
    A study by Deloitte and the American Medical Informatics Association found a correlation between strong executive support for health informatics and the belief of providers, payers and life sciences firms that health IT will provide a return on investment. Respondents raised several concerns about adoption of health IT systems, such as access to comprehensive data and budgets for using the systems. "Resource constraints are a challenge in the medical informatics community: getting internal support for projects and staffing is a major issue," according to the authors of the study. Healthcare Informatics online (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alere Home Monitoring confirms patient data breach
    Alere Home Monitoring announced a data breach involving around 116,000 patients whose electronic records were stored in a company-owned laptop that was stolen. Compromised data include patients' birth dates, diagnostic codes and Social Security numbers. Alere Home Monitoring President Jon Russell said the company is "taking appropriate steps to protect individuals who may have been affected by this breach and to limit or prevent such breaches in the future." Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT firm raises funds after reverse merger
    A recent regulatory filing confirmed that OnPoint Medical Diagnostics, a health IT firm in Minnesota, has raised $958,800 of the $5 million it has been seeking for its operations for more than a year. OnPoint conducted a reverse merger with Florida-based Vertical Health Solutions last year and is now a wholly owned unit of that company. Its software for hospitals and imaging centers automates the required accreditation process for those groups to have MRI scans federally reimbursed. (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colo. telemedicine network boosts statewide image sharing, archiving
    The Colorado Telehealth Network announced it is collaborating with GNAX Health to provide statewide image sharing and archiving to imaging centers, hospitals and other providers via a private cloud that will be overseen by GNAX. "We are confident this new image-storing service has the functionality and advantages our clients deserve, and promises to significantly enhance patient care coordination and quality across Colorado," said CTN Executive Director Ed Bostick. Healthcare IT News (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online messaging system allows docs to securely access patient data
    A secure Web-based phone messaging system and network for doctors known as PriorUs is being developed by Electronic Medical Solutions and piloted by nearly 50 primary care doctors and hospitalists in Kansas. The system, which is HIPAA-compliant, can track the data being viewed by users, as doctors are required to enter their PIN to access the network. (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Siemens rolling out wireless ultrasound
    Siemens was set to launch its wireless ultrasound system at a radiology conference Sunday. The Acuson Freestyle system includes a wireless transducer that allows it to function without connecting cables, thus allowing for a less-cluttered work area for doctors and reducing the risk for contamination during surgeries. The company said the device is intended for interventional radiology departments, anesthesia practices, operating rooms and emergency departments. (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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