The CMS on Tuesday issued a final rule intended to combat Medicare fraud and save almost $1.6 billion in costs over the next decade. A Government Accountability Office report, however, said more needs to be done and pressed the CMS to run pre- and post-payment claims evaluations and to address program vulnerabilities.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris a multiyear contract worth $80.3 million to design a platform that leverages a services-oriented architecture for the agency's proposed joint EHR with the Department of Defense. The platform should offer "a common federated middleware as a secure, virtualized, intelligent infrastructure allowing best-of-breed 'cloud-first' services for all members of the DoD and VA health care systems," Harris said in a news release.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is testing an iPhone application for EHRs developed by clinicians at its medical center in Washington, D.C., and is giving out up to 1,000 mobile devices for use with it. The app, which the VA plans to introduce this summer, allows doctors to access and review the records of the patients they will see that day through their handheld devices. CIO Roger Baker said the new app shows the VA is using new technologies in how it operates.
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Some doctors are discovering that telemedicine not only helps them better care for patients and more efficiently manage their time, but the technology may also help them extend their practices. Vendors of telehealth solutions are also marketing business plans that help doctors take advantage of the new opportunities of technology to launch premium boutique medical services, target additional patients and focus on new specialties, among other things.
Philips Electronics says a partnership with videoconferencing firm Vidyo will enhance its Visicu eICU technology by adding real-time, two-way audio and video capabilities. The company said the integration of Vidyo's Adaptive Video Layering Technology will enable doctors to offer secure, remote consultations using an array of mobile devices.
The Broad Institute has launched a cloud-based, open-source data management platform called GenomeSpace that incorporates a variety of bioinformatics tools, says Jill Mesirov, the Broad Institute's associate director and chief informatics officer.
ID Experts and FairWarning are combining their data security products and launch services to detect information breaches, as well as oversee investigation and resolution of the incidents. FairWarning has a breach detection platform for automated checking of data systems to identify access patterns, which could suggest identity theft and snooping, while ID Experts has a breach management system that supports readiness before a breach.
Idaho Health Data Exchange is partnering with EMR vendors to link the state's medical providers and lessen the costs of establishing separate connections between them. Clinicians at Primary Health Medical Group, one of the beta groups in the IHDE's initiative, are piloting the hub-to-hub usability of IHDE and will be working to transmit real-time information from PHMG to IDHE.
IBM made two announcements this week that could benefit its Big Data projects. The company confirmed its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Vivisimo, which it expects to help advance its analytics programs and assist groups including health care providers in assessing and navigating structured and unstructured data. IBM also confirmed the use of its analytics program by the University at Buffalo in New York to research more than 2,000 environmental and genetic elements to see how they relate to multiple sclerosis.
The New York City Investment Fund, New York state Department of Health and New York eHealth Collaborative have introduced the New York Digital Health Accelerator initiative. The $4.2 million program is intended to promote health IT innovation and add 1,500 new employment opportunities. It will award 12 HIT firms in the early and growth-stage with as much as $300,000 along with mentorship from senior executives. The emphasis will be on the aspects of innovation that will contribute to the state's Medicaid "Health Homes" program and Medicaid Redesign Team.
WEDI has launched its online 5010 Issue Reporting System in collaboration with the CMS to support the health care industry's upgrade to ASC X12 5010. The reporting system allows all affected parties, including providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors, to easily submit their issues associated with implementing ASC X12 5010 and search through a database of current documented problems. This Web-based system offers an easy-to-use interface with multiple sorting categories and sub-categories, including the option to view previously submitted issues and responses to those posted issues. Visit the online WEDI 5010 Issue Reporting System.
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.
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