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March 27, 2013
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  • Final rule for HIPAA is now in effect
    The final rule to revise HIPAA regulations on data security, privacy and breach notification went into effect Tuesday, with mandatory compliance by Sept. 23. The omnibus rule mandates, among others, that business associates and subcontractors satisfy the regulations in the same manner required for covered entities, making them directly accountable for HIPAA violations. Health Data Management (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers create model to predict patients' risk for readmissions
    U.S. researchers have devised a model that clinicians can use to ascertain which patients are mostly likely to be readmitted to the hospital due to factors that are avoidable. The model involves the use of seven variables that doctors can run through at the patient's bedside before hospital discharge, including hemoglobin levels, sodium levels and duration of hospital stays. Healthcare Informatics online (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Interoperability can lead to about $30B in cost savings a year
    Hospitals could enhance patient safety and care as well as save more than $30 billion a year through medical device interoperability programs, according to a West Health Institute study. "We see an enormous opportunity to use information technology and device innovation to bring about the much needed transformation in health care delivery," said Dr. Joseph Smith, WHI's chief medical and science officer. Healthcare Informatics online (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Coordinated Care 
  • Coalition pitches revised HIT framework at House hearing
    The Health IT Now Coalition has expressed optimism that Congress will heed its calls to modify the current health IT framework, which Executive Director Joel White said is "outdated." During a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing on health IT last week, Jim Bialick of the Newborn Coalition urged Congress to craft regulations that promote innovation while ensuring patient safety. Healthcare IT News (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mostashari expects interoperability to accelerate over 2 years
    The health IT industry will see big strides in interoperability over the next two years, especially once the 2014 meaningful use certification standards kick in, National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said at a House Energy & Commerce subcommittee hearing last week. "We are using every lever at our disposal to increase the sharing of information," he said. Healthcare IT News (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Improved Quality 
  • Systemic change is key to ACO success, exec says
    Accountable care organizations need to adopt systemic change to achieve the goals of better care quality at reduced costs, said Jim Hansen, vice president of Lumeris' Accountable Delivery System Institute. Hansen coined the term ACO 2.0 to refer to groups that can embrace systemic change, which he said involves doctor buy-in and greater patient involvement as well as IT adoption. Healthcare IT News (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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