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Roe Reintroduces Bill To Create Joint Military EHR System

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:24

Rep. Phil Roe reintroduced a bill that would create a joint electronic health record system for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Roe says the measure is needed to ensure that the agencies’ EHR systems are interoperable. However, the bill could conflict with DOD’s planned $11 billion EHR modernization contract. Politico‘s “Morning eHealth,” WBIR.

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New Open Humans Network Democratizes Patient Data for Research

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:09

A new open-sourced database aims to provide scientists with universal access to health-related data to improve health care research. Through the Open Humans Network, individuals can share their personal biological data, such as information about their gut bacteria and genomes, and volunteer for studies. Newsweek et al.

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EHR Interoperability Issues Hindering Health Data Registries

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:03

At a Senate committee hearing this week, experts said health data registries could help bolster medical innovation and expedite the device approval process. However, they told lawmakers that the lack of interoperability among electronic health record systems is preventing registries from realizing their full potential. Health Data Management, Politico‘s “Morning eHealth.”

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Partners Nabs RWJF Grant To Create Wearables Engagement Tool

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:47

Partners HealthCare has received a Robert Woods Johnson Foundation grant to create the “Engagement Engine,” a tool to promote and sustain the use of personal health devices. After developing the tool, Partners will conduct a study to see how well it engages users. FierceHealthcare et al.

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States Advance, Reject Various Telehealth-Related Bills

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:36

Several states recently have taken action on telehealth-related legislation. For example, Arkansas lawmakers rejected a bill that would have allowed telehealth providers to operate in the state, while Colorado passed a bill that requires insurers to reimburse health care providers for telehealth services. mHealth Intelligence et al.

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$100M Effort To Boost Health Data Collection in Developing Countries

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:01

A new four-year, $100 million initiative led by Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to bolster health data collection to help 1.2 billion individuals in 20 countries live healthier and longer lives. The project will leverage inexpensive data collection tools — such as mobile phones — to help local officials prioritize health issues and develop policies. Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Philanthropies release.

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Yale Launches First Online Program To Train Physician Assistants

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:35

A new online-only training program being launched at Yale University aims to address a growing demand for physician assistants. The program also aims to encourage more PA students to practice in their local communities — which often are rural and in need of clinicians. The Atlantic.

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Patient-Centered Medical Homes Need Better IT Tools, Study Says

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:24

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that new health IT tools focused on monitoring, notification, collaboration, reporting and interoperability could improve care coordination and quality at patient-centered medical homes. FierceHealthIT, JAMIA.

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Study: EHR Systems Lack Adequate Lab Data Graphing Functions

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:47

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that many electronic health record systems do not adequately display laboratory test data within the systems’ graphs. For example, none of the 11 EHR systems studied label their graphs’ Y axis. Modern Healthcare, EHR Intelligence.

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Survey Finds Strong Provider Interest in Mobile Health Apps

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:34

A new survey finds that 16% of health care professionals use mobile health applications in their practices and 46% hope to begin using mobile health apps within the next five years. According to the survey, nearly three-fourths of providers said patients who use such apps likely would take greater responsibility for their health, while 50% said health apps would make treatment more efficient. MobiHealthNews.

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HHS Releases Proposed Rules for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 15:38

Today, HHS released proposed rules on Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. CMS’ proposed rule would align the program into a single stage by 2018 and create a 365-day reporting period for all providers. Meanwhile, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s proposed certification rule aims to better align with the agency’s Interoperability Roadmap. Health Data Management et al.

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SGR Replacement Bill Has Big Implications for Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:27

A new plan to replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate formula could have big implications for health IT. The bill would combine the meaningful use program, physician quality reporting system and value-based modifiers into one merit-based incentive payment system, end meaningful use penalties and require HHS to set interoperability measures by July 2016. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Report: CMS, ONC Must Address Hospitals’ EHR Fraud Vulnerabilities

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:55

A new HHS Office of Inspector General report finds that many hospitals are not using electronic health record systems appropriately to protect against fraud. The report recommends that CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT develop a plan to protect against such vulnerabilities. Health Data Management et al.

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Patients Want No-Cost Health Data Exchange, Survey Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:37

A new survey finds that three in four U.S. adults say it is very important that health care providers be able to share patient health information. Meanwhile, nearly 90% of respondents say patients and providers should not be charged for exchanging health data. MobiHealthNews.

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CMS Looks To Boost Doctors’ Awareness, Use of Open Payments Site

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:17

CMS plans to launch an outreach campaign to increase physician awareness of the Open Payments System and encourage doctors to register and review the accuracy of data included on the website. CMS’ past outreach efforts have focused on the drug and device industries. Modern Healthcare.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of March 20, 2015

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:22

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services has selected Cerner’s revenue cycle management services and EHR system. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have partnered with WebMD, a medical information content provider, to develop wellness programs.

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Tech Executives Urge N.Y. Legislature To Approve State HIE Funding

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:55

A group of about 80 technology executives in New York are calling on the state Legislature to approve $45 million in funding to expand the state’s health information exchange, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York. The Legislature’s deadline to approve the funding is March 31. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Black Book Names Top EHR Vendors Among Hospitals

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:47

A new Black Book Market Research report identifies the top inpatient electronic health record vendors based on customer experience. CPSI ranked the highest among hospitals with fewer than 100 beds, while Allscripts ranked the highest among hospitals with more than 250 beds. EHR Intelligence, Healthcare IT News.

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Report Finds Most Health Insurers Have Released Few Mobile Apps

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:45

A report by Research2Guidance finds that 77% of health insurers have released two or fewer mobile applications. An analyst notes that insurer-built apps often fail to gain traction because they do not use certain best practices. MobiHealthNews, Research2Guidance graph.

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FTC: Draft Data Protection Bill Should Cover Health Information

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 12:37

A Federal Trade Commission official says that a draft bill aimed at protecting consumer data and bolstering breach notification requirements does not include protections for health data, which have been targeted by hackers. During a House subcommittee hearing, she asked lawmakers to expand the bill to include such protections. Health Data Management, Politico‘s “Morning eHealth.”

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