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Ga. Providers Using Health IT Tools To Address Health Care Disparities

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:20

Two projects in Georgia are using health IT tools to increase care coordination for residents in communities with high rates of poverty and chronic diseases. In a blog post, two officials from the Morehouse School of Medicine highlight the need for greater health IT adoption in such underserved communities. FierceHealthIT, “Health IT Buzz.”

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Study: HIE Tool Could Reduce Duplicative Tests, Medical Procedures

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:11

A new study shows that a health information exchange tool embedded in an electronic health record system helped four hospital emergency departments in Minnesota prevent 560 unnecessary medical tests and procedures, including blood work and imaging. The tool also helped identify patients exhibiting drug-seeking behavior. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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More Than 75K Health Care Professionals Use Twitter

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:05

New research shows that more than 75,000 health care professionals post about 152,000 tweets per day about health care policy, research, medications and disease treatment. In total, about 208 million tweets by health care professionals have been posted since Twitter launched in 2006. FierceHealthcare, PM Live.

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Boston Children’s Taps Data Analytics To Predict Patient Risks

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:04

Boston Children’s Hospital is testing a new tool — that it created with startup Etiometry — that analyzes data from various monitors to better predict changes in a patient’s condition. Use of the Stability Index tool likely will be expanded both inside and outside the hospital. Boston Globe.

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Health IT System Failures Top ECRI’s List of Hospital Concerns

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:52

Research firm ECRI Institute has identified data integrity failures with health IT systems as the top patient safety concern for hospitals this year. The group’s report shows that such failures can be caused by data entry errors, copying and pasting information into patients’ electronic health records and missing data. Modern Healthcare et al.

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CMS Seeks Small IT Vendors To Take Over HealthCare.Gov Operation

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:19

CMS published a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website requesting information from small IT service vendors that are interested in taking over the operation of HealthCare.gov next year. The agency’s one-year contract with Accenture is scheduled to expire in January 2015. FCW, Modern Healthcare.

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Current Cybersecurity Framework Insufficient Against Attacks

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 12:04

A simulation led by HHS and HITRUST finds that health care organizations are not adequately prepared for cyberattacks. The cyberattack simulation — which targeted HealthCare.gov, health information exchanges and others — shows that the current national cybersecurity framework does not do enough to protect health care groups. Clinical Innovation and Technology, Modern Healthcare.

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Many U.S. Hospitals Lack Patient-Centered Websites, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:51

A report by Evolve Digital Labs finds that some of the country’s top hospitals and health systems lack a strong digital presence and fail to offer patient-centered website features, such as mobile sites and online bill pay. Researchers say the report shows the need for digital governance across health care systems. Becker’s Hospital Review.  

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Researchers Reach Milestones in Brain-Mapping Projects

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:49

Researchers are making progress on projects that aim to create databases and maps of the brain to serve as the foundation for future research projects, such as the Obama administration’s brain mapping initiative. Researchers from two separate projects say they successfully built brain maps of a human fetus and a mouse. New York Times.

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Twitter Opens Up Data Archives to Three Health-Related Projects

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:17

Three health-related projects have been granted access to Twitter’s data archives. The projects aim to study foodborne gastrointestinal illness, determine the effectiveness of campaigns for early cancer detection and assess the overall happiness of the populations in certain cities. MobiHealthNews.

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KLAS Report: ACOs Turning to Third-Party Vendors Over EHR Vendors

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:14

A new report from KLAS Research finds that third-party accountable care organization vendors are outperforming electronic health record vendors among physician-led ACOs. According to the report, the ACOs say EHR vendors are not meeting the needs of their organizations. FierceEMR.

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Lawmakers To Withhold Funding Until VA, DOD Make EHR Progress

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:10

The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a fiscal year 2015 budget plan that would withhold 75% of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ funding request for electronic health record system upgrades until it makes progress on EHR interoperability with the Department of Defense. Military Times, EHR Intelligence.

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Psychiatric Care Quality Data Posted to CMS’ Hospital Compare Site

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:48

CMS’ Hospital Compare website now includes quality data on inpatient psychiatric facilities. The new data include information on how many hours patients spent in physical restraint and seclusion, as well as the facilities’ follow-up care plans. Modern Healthcare, AHA News.

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Hospitals Weigh In on Doctor Ratings as Websites Grow in Popularity

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:01

A recent study finds that 25% of patients consulted physician rating websites when choosing a primary care physician in 2012. In response to that demand and some of the negative reviews that have been posted, hospitals increasingly are posting the results of their own patient satisfaction surveys and physician feedback directly on their websites. Kaiser Health News‘ “Capsules.”

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of April 18, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 05:28

BlackBerry has purchased a minority stake in NantHealth, a cloud-based health IT provider, and the two firms plan to develop a new smartphone targeted at the health care sector. Nuance Communications, a developer of clinical documentation and voice recognition software, has acquired Accelarad, a provider of medical imaging software, for an undisclosed sum.

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Reports Highlight Need for Greater Health Care Price Transparency

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:26

A report from the California HealthCare Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlights the need to tie online health pricing information with meaningful quality data. Meanwhile, a separate report from a Healthcare Financial Management Association task force calls on insurers, providers and employers to boost health price transparency. Modern Healthcare et al.  

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Report: Lack of Interoperability Limits Meaningful Use Program

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:19

A report released by an independent task force concludes that meaningful use stages 1 and 2 “fall short of achieving meaningful use in any practical sense” because of the lack of interoperability among electronic health records. The report urges CMS to create a “truly interoperable health data infrastructure” through Stage 3 objectives. Health Data Management et al.

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Coalition Urges CMS To Set Official ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:46

In a letter, a coalition of health care stakeholders calls on CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to declare Oct. 1, 2015, as the official compliance deadline to switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets. A new law pushes back the ICD-10 compliance date by at least a year, but CMS has yet to make an official announcement about the new deadline. Modern Healthcare et al.

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HIMSS Analytics IDs Most In-Demand Software Apps in U.S. Hospitals

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:30

A recent survey by HIMSS Analytics finds software applications focusing on bed management, enterprise resource management and financial planning are the most in demand among U.S. hospitals. The group also notes that contract management and financial data warehousing software have growth potential. Health Data Management et al.

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Study: Google Glass Helpful in Health Care, but Drawbacks Remain

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:28

A new study — one of the first systematic reviews of Google Glass to be published in a medical journal — finds that the use of the device in a hospital setting was received positively by patients and staff and that it offers many benefits. However, the study also notes barriers, such as privacy concerns, a low battery life and audio issues. San Francisco Chronicle, Medical News Today.

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