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ATA Execs Say Telehealth Policy Reform on Lawmakers’ Radar

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 13:13

During the American Telemedicine Association’s monthly telecast yesterday, association executives said that telehealth reform is a hot issue on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are set to consider a variety of telehealth-related legislation, including a bill that would expand Medicare coverage of telehealth services. Clinical Innovation & Technology.

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Audit Confirms Data Manipulation at VA; New VA Secretary Confirmed

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:58

A USA Today analysis of a Department of Veterans Affairs audit shows at least one employee at 109 VA health clinics nationwide have manipulated veteran wait time data. The analysis comes the same week House and Senate negotiators reached a deal to address VA wait time issues and the Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary. USA Today et al.

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Study: Incentives Can Boost Enrollment in Online Health Programs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:57

A new study finds that reward programs can help encourage individuals to enroll in online health management programs. However, researchers find that the one-time incentives do not foster prolonged engagement. MobiHealthNews, Journal of Medical Internet Research.

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Researchers: Increased Online Chatter Could Jeopardize Clinical Trials

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:18

Drugmakers and researchers are grappling with ways to preserve the integrity of clinical trials as more trial participants turn to Facebook groups, online forums and other social media outlets to share their experiences. Researchers say the information patients share online could cause participants to drop out of trials or misreport symptoms. Wall Street Journal.

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KLAS Names Omnicell Top Pharmacy Automation Equipment Vendor

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:15

A new KLAS report names Omnicell as the best overall pharmacy automation equipment vendor for its automated medication dispensing products. Other companies awarded for automated pharmacy products include Aesynt, CareFusion and IHSystems. Healthcare IT News.

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Study: EHRs Key to Improving Medication Reconciliation Processes

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:15

A new study by the National Institute for Health Care Reform examined how hospitals recorded patients’ medication lists at their time of admission, during their stay and at discharge. The researchers say that improving electronic health record design to support medication reconciliation could help reduce discrepancies. Healthcare IT News, NIHCR research brief.

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Pilot Program Finds Texting Can Prompt Medicaid Patients To Get Care

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:07

A New York pilot program finds that text messages can effectively motivate Medicaid beneficiaries to take certain medical actions. According to researchers, sending text messages was 15 to 100 times more effective at getting beneficiaries to take action than other communication methods, such as emails, phone calls and postcards. MobiHealthNews.

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House Committee To Consider Bill on Clinical Data Registries

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 13:03

A draft bill being considered by the House Energy and Commerce Committee calls on HHS to provide recommendations on the development of clinical data registries and the use of such registries to evaluate the effect of various care models and methods on chronic disease management. Health Data Management, EHR Intelligence.

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Medical, Pharma Groups Ask CMS for Details on Payment Database

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 11:11

Yesterday, more than 20 medical and pharmaceutical groups sent a letter to CMS requesting more details about the context of payment information that will be included on the agency’s upcoming physician payment database. The letter also urges the agency to boost physician awareness of the database. Wall Street Journal‘s “Pharmalot,” Letter. 

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Miss. AG Seeks Details on Google’s Steps To Remove Illegal Drug Ads

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:59

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says he plans to issue a civil investigative demand against Google, requesting emails and other documents detailing the company’s work on removing advertisements for illegal online pharmacies. Hood says Google has not done enough to address the issue and satisfy an investigation by several attorneys general. Bloomberg.

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Survey: Federal Health Agencies Hampered by Complex Networks

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:21

A new MeriTalk report finds that about 81% of network managers at government agencies including HHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs believe that the complexity of their IT networks is hampering performance objectives. However, 68% said they expect their network complexity will increase over the next three years. Government Health IT et al.

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U.S. Health Entities Report, Settle Data Breaches Affecting Millions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:14

Health care organizations in California, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have reported or settled cases regarding health data breaches and security incidents. The breaches collectively affected the personal health information of millions of individuals. Philadelphia Inquirer et al.

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Health Analytics Market To See 25% Growth Rate Over Five Years

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:24

A new Research and Markets report finds that the health care analytics market is expected to expand at a 25% compound annual growth rate between 2014 and 2019. Growth will be driven by the adoption of health IT and centralized health care mandates, among other factors. Health IT Analytics, Research and Market report.

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New Google Project Will Use Health Data for Earlier Disease Detection

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:23

Google has launched a project that will use a wide range of new diagnostic tools and data analysis to identify “biomarkers” in the hopes of creating a unique picture of a healthy human. Google says the data could be used by medical researchers to detect diseases earlier and improve treatment therapies. Wall Street Journal.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 25, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:43

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information and Technology has selected Creative Computing Solutions to provide technology coordinators at rural medical centers. Mark VanderWerf, vice president of eHealth and OEM at Nonin Medical, has been named chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Industry Council and has been appointed to its board of directors.

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