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Groups Urge CMS To Reference EHRs in New ACO Model Proposal

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 13:16

A coalition of 12 advocacy groups has sent a letter to CMS, urging the agency to explicitly reference electronic health records in its “Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model” request for applications and reinstate meaningful use as a quality measure. The groups say doing so also could bolster data sharing knowledge. FierceHealthcare et al.

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CareFirst Reports Cyberattack Affecting Up to 1.1M Individuals

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:59

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield says it experienced a cyberattack on June 19, 2014, that could have affected about 1.1 million individuals. The company says it learned of the breach on April 21 but delayed disclosing it to the public until its investigation was complete. USA Today et al.

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U.S. News Releases New Hospital Quality Online Rating System

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:44

U.S. News & World Report has unveiled a new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings system that grades the performance of thousands of U.S. hospitals on five common surgical procedures and conditions. A U.S. News official says the website could offer ratings for more than a dozen other elective procedures by 2016. Modern Healthcare et al.

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EHR System Selections Vary by Practice Size, Survey Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:42

A new survey by AmericanEHR Partners finds that electronic health record system selections vary by physician practice size, with large practices selecting EHRs from a more limited pool of products, compared with smaller practices. Overall, the top vendors were Epic and Allscripts. Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review et al.

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Compact To Expand Telehealth Reaches Threshold for Enactment

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:21

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton have signed bills that add their states to the Federation of State Medical Board’s physician licensure interstate compact. The FSMB compact aims to facilitate the licensing of doctors across state borders to expand telehealth. Modern Healthcare, FierceHealthIT.

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56% of Physicians E-Prescribed Medication in 2014, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:49

Surescripts’ annual National Progress Report shows that 56% of all physicians last year electronically prescribed medication. However, the report finds that e-prescribing for controlled substances remained low, with just 1.4% of prescribers capable of e-prescribing such drugs. MedCity News et al.

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Tech Experts Play Role in Ebola, Disease Outbreak Response Efforts

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:37

Public health workers battling the Ebola epidemic in West Africa leveraged smartphone- and tablet-based tools that allowed them to track and monitor the disease. Researchers say the devices have been tested and could help combat future disease outbreaks. Reuters.

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IEEE Guidelines Address Software and Medical Device Vulnerabilities

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:26

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has released guidelines that aim to diminish or eliminate security vulnerabilities in medical devices at the implementation phase. Among other things, the guidelines detail baseline security standards for the development of medical device software. Health Data Management, IEEE guidelines.

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Analysis Finds Telehealth Might Help Change ‘Future Path of Diabetes’

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:40

An analysis of 73 studies finds that telehealth interventions in diabetes care can improve diabetics’ exercise levels and glycemic control, as well as help reduce their body weight. The authors write that telediabetes “warrants a prominent place” in health care. FierceHealthIT.

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Researchers Use Wikipedia Page Views To Track Seasonal Flu Activity

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:22

A study suggests that researchers can use Wikipedia page views to track seasonal influenza activity. Researchers find that Wikipedia article access logs are highly correlated with records of influenza-like illnesses, suggesting that ILI rates can be predicted with accuracy weeks prior to data becoming available. FWC.

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