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April 10, 2012
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  • WEDI forges collaboration to support ASC X12 5010 upgrade
    WEDI is partnering with the federal government and other industry groups in support of the health IT industry's upgrade to ASC X12 5010 through a campaign that will collect feedback, identify and follow challenges and provide assistance as entities work toward implementation. Part of this campaign is the launch of the WEDI 5010 Issue Reporting System, which can be found on the group's website, and a series of webinars on the topic. The first webinar is scheduled for April 19. Healthcare IT News (4/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advancing Care With IT 
  • VA issues rule to eliminate in-home video telemedicine copayments
    The Department of Veterans Affairs will eliminate in-home video telemedicine copayments starting May 7 unless it receives significant unfavorable comments on the regulation, according to a direct final rule issued by the VA. "This would remove a barrier that may have previously discouraged veterans from choosing to use in-home video telehealth as a viable medical care option. In turn, VA hopes to make the home a preferred place of care, whenever medically appropriate and possible," the agency stated in its proposed rule. Health Data Management (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telehealth initiative offers gynecological treatments to patients
    The Arkansas System to Access Rural Telecolposcopy program helps address the gaps in care received by Medicaid patients by enabling thousands of women to receive gynecological treatments through clinics in rural areas. The collaborative START initiative, launched in 2004, has four telemedicine sites providing weekly clinics that offer real-time telecolposcopic examinations to patients who had abnormal Pap smears. Healthcare Informatics online (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medicaid provider starts text-messaging diabetes wellness program
    D.C. Chartered Health Plan is trying out a wellness program for enrollees with diabetes that includes sending text messages with advice for living with diabetes, reminders to schedule eye and foot examinations, tips for adhering to medication regimens, interactive quizzes and notices about community events. The Medicaid managed care provider will expand the program if it is successful. (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Enabling Mobility for Healthcare Professionals
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  Technology Trends 
  • Data breach at Mass. hospital affects almost 7,000 patients
    St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, Mass., which is part of the Steward Health Care System in Boston, has notified 6,831 patients whose billing data might have been breached after documents that were supposed to be shredded were removed from a facility slated for demolition. The hospital said there have been no reports on misuse of the billing data. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert outlines 7 ways to secure tablet devices
    The explosion of tablet devices in health care, including the recently released iPad 3, has sparked a greater emphasis on the need to secure these technologies and the data stored in them. John Bischof of Lenovo Americas names seven key methods to ensure the safety of tablet devices, including encryption and information leakage protection. Healthcare IT News (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Health 2.0 boosts care quality with Hokie Health Code-a-thon
    Health 2.0 confirmed it will conduct the two-day Hokie Health Code-a-thon in Blacksburg, Va., on April 13-14. The tech challenge, which aims to create applications that improve care quality, efficiency and safety, will award $2,500 for first prize and $500 for each of the five runners-up. Healthcare IT News (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 health groups join HIE initiative in Fla.
    The Agency for Health Care Administration has recently added four groups to its Florida HIE: the Community Health Centers Alliance, Shands at the University of Florida, Kindred Healthcare and Health Management Associates. IOS Health Systems will also join and use its own technical support. The HIE program was created to allow providers to link patient health data in a secure way, according to the AHCA. American City Business Journals/Tampa, Fla. (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • HIT company appoints anesthesiologist as chief strategy officer
    Health Business Intelligence, a health care software technology firm, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory Wong as chief strategy officer in charge of coordinating all of its service and product policies. Before his appointment, he worked at Mesa, Ariz.-based Red Mountain Anesthesiologists as finance vice president. (4/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI-CMS-Industry Collaboration and Problem Solving Webinar
    WEDI is collaborating with other industry and government entities to present a series of free live webcasts. The first webcast in the series, "WEDI-CMS-Industry Collaboration and Problem Solving Webinar," is set for April 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. WEDI, in collaboration with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other industry representatives, will analyze submitted issues and work to identify appropriate solutions. Registration is free and includes the dial-in information and a link to the online meeting. Dial-in details will be emailed to all registrants on April 18. Space is limited, so register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Update your knowledge base with WEDI University
    WEDI announces the launch of WEDI University, health IT's new library of pre-recorded industry webcasts. Available to members and nonmembers, WEDI University is home to the organization's most popular and timely online presentations. All purchased programs include video, audio and Q&A, allowing virtual attendees to experience the session exactly as it occurred. New webcasts are added to WEDI University on a regular basis — several at a reduced price. Visit WEDI University and access recorded presentations that cover the industry’s hottest topics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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