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ONC, CDC Initiative Refocused To Use EHRs in Ebola Screening Efforts

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55

CDC and ONC are pushing the Public Health Electronic Health Records Vendors Collaboration Initiative, which aims to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, as a way to better identify patients with Ebola. Meanwhile, some experts say fully integrating diagnostic support software with EHRs could alert physicians to patients at high-risk of having Ebola. Health Data Management, Modern Healthcare.

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Pa. Passes Rx Database Bill; N.H. Rx Database Registration Begins

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:38

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a bill to create a new prescription drug monitoring program that would give providers and law enforcement officials access to a prescription drug database. Meanwhile, New Hampshire’s prescription drug database has begun accepting physician and pharmacist registrations. PennLive et al.

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Treasury Officials Reviewing Glitch in Online ACA Coverage Calculator

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:32

The Obama administration is expected to correct a glitch in HHS’ online calculator used to certify that insurance plans comply with the Affordable Care Act’s minimum coverage standards. Last month, consumer advocates said the calculator was allowing large companies to offer less-costly substandard plans in 2015. Kaiser Health News.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 17, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:31

Lucia Savage, senior associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare, has been named chief privacy officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Accenture has partnered with pharmaceutical companies Eisai, Merck and Pfizer to develop a cloud-based analytics platform for drug development.

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RWJF Launches Big Data Initiative To Improve Community Health

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:03

On Thursday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that it has launched the Data for Health initiative, which aims to use data to encourage healthy lifestyles. The effort will begin with a series of discussions to gather information, in which the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will participate. MedCity News et al.

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CMS’ New Investment Model Will Help ACOs With Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:28

CMS announced a new program in which it will invest up to $114 million in infrastructure and redesigned care processes for up to 75 Medicare Shared Savings Program participants to improve patient care through health IT and other efforts. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Paper Looks at Benefits, Challenges of EHR Data Warehouses

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:25

A research paper published in eGEMS highlights the benefits and challenges associated with creating a centralized data warehouse that is shared among multiple community health centers with different electronic health record systems. FierceHealthIT, eGEMS.

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Interoperability Center Stage at Health IT Committee Meeting

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:14

Yesterday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released updated details about a draft roadmap for health IT interoperability. Meanwhile, the agency’s Health IT Policy and Standards committees approved a set of six recommendations from the JASON task force that calls on CMS to focus efforts on public application programming interfaces. Health Data Management et al. 

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China Looks to Health IT To Address Doctor Shortage, Data Sharing

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:26

China is increasingly turning to health IT to improve health care access and management, especially as its population ages and rates of chronic disease increase. As a result, investments in the country’s health IT market are expected to double to about $5.6 billion in 2017. Reuters.

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Health IT Funding Reaches $956M in Q3 2014, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:20

A Mercom Capital Group report finds that venture capital funding in the health IT industry reached $956 million in the third quarter of this fiscal year, compared with $1.8 billion in Q2. However, health IT merger and acquisition activity in Q3 was at its highest monetary level since 2010. Healthcare IT News et al.

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EHR Identification System Helped Reduce Errors in Hospital NICU

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:28

Montefiore Medical Center successfully reduced error rates in its neonatal intensive care unit by using its electronic health record system to give unnamed newborns unique identifications and implementing a verification function in the EHR, according to new research. MedPage Today, FierceEMR.

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Digital Health Driving Health Care Accelerator Growth, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:12

There are more than four times as many health care accelerators worldwide than there were two years ago, with 80% focusing on digital health. The report attributes the increase in part to growing consumer demand for technology to manage their own health care. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Report Questions Effectiveness of Hospital EHR Incentive Payments

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:06

A new draft paper questions the effectiveness of federal incentive payments under the HITECH Act that were designed to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records among hospitals. The report concludes that the payments only sped up EHR adoption rates by two years. Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs,” NBER.

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Health Groups Urge Changes to Meaningful Use Program

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:35

A coalition of health care organization sent a letter urging HHS to revamp the meaningful use program. Meanwhile, the American Medical Association in a separate letter offers CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recommendations for improving the meaningful use program. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Various Health Entities Across the U.S. Report Data Breaches

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:06

Health data breaches and security incidents have recently been reported at health care organizations across the U.S. The incidents include breaches in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and California that could affect thousands of patients’ protected health information. Health Data Management et al.

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690K Veterans Used Telehealth Services During FY 2014, VA Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:56

Last week, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the number of veterans using telehealth services increased from 608,000 in fiscal year 2013 to more than 690,000 veterans in FY 2014. VA Secretary Robert McDonald touted the department’s telehealth programs as an area for continued growth. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Feds Award Grants To Boost Telehealth, Health IT Communication

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:29

Last week, CMS awarded more than $15 million to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Department of Neurosurgery to expand telehealth services. Meanwhile, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awarded a $1.6 million grant to the University of Michigan School of Nursing to study the effect of health IT on provider communication. FierceHealthIT et al.

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