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13% of Consumers Plan To Buy Health, Fitness Wearables in Next Year

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:39

A recent survey by the Acquity Group finds that fitness wearables are projected to see the most growth among all wearable technologies in the short term. However, some consumers still are concerned about the privacy of such devices. MobiHealthNews.

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Study: Detailed EHR Analyses Could Help Identify New Rx Benefits

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:34

A study of electronic health record data at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Mayo Clinic finds that detailed analyses of EHRs could help identify new benefits of prescription drugs. For example, researchers find that a drug to treat Type 2 diabetes can decrease mortality from several cancers. Health Data Management, JAMIA.

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USDA Awards $8.6M To Boost Rural Telehealth Projects

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:22

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded grants totaling $8.6 million to 31 projects in various states aimed at improving telehealth in rural areas. The grants are part of a partnership between HHS and USDA to connect rural providers with federal grants and loans. Health Data Management, “Health IT Buzz.”

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Lawmakers Considering Draft Bill To Loosen FDA Oversight of EHRs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:16

Lawmakers are considering whether to introduce a draft bill that would make certain clinical decision support software and electronic health records exempt from FDA oversight. It is unclear when the lawmakers plan to introduce the measure. Modern Healthcare et al.

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AMA, Nachimson Advisors Stand Behind ICD-10 Cost Projections

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 13:04

The American Medical Association and the Nachimson Advisors are criticizing recent ICD-10 implementation cost estimates published in the Journal of the American Health Information Management Association. The groups say they stand behind their own estimates, which were significantly higher. EHR Intelligence, AMA Advocacy Update.

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Experts Discuss Net Neutrality’s Effect on Health IT, Innovation

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:41

Experts in health IT are concerned about how the debate over “net neutrality” and “paid prioritization” could affect telemedicine and the electronic exchange of health records. President Obama has proposed creating a net neutrality exemption for health care providers, but opponents say such a system would increase regulatory hurdles. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Few U.S. Residents Concerned About Privacy of EHR Data, Poll Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:37

A recent NPR-Truven Health Analytics poll finds that the majority of U.S. residents are willing to share de-identified data from their electronic health records with researchers. The poll also finds that about 5% of respondents have been told that their health data were accessed without their permission. NPR’s “Shots,” NPR-Truven Health poll.

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Study: EHR Alert Fatigue Could Drive Some Providers To Quit

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:36

A new study suggests that health care providers’ dissatisfaction with electronic health record alerts could lead to lower job satisfaction and higher turnover rates. The authors recommend that primary care practices place a greater emphasis on the importance of EHR alerts to help physicians see their value. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of November 21, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:26

CMS has selected Navicure for ICD-10 end-to-end testing. Medidata, a provider of electronic data capture and clinical data management applications, partnered with GlaxoSmithKline to develop a new mobile health-enabled model for clinical trials.

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U.S. Health Care Cloud Market Projected To Reach $3.5B by 2020

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:45

A Frost and Sullivan analysis finds that the U.S. and European health care cloud markets are expected to grow by between 10% and 30% by 2020. Specifically, the report projects that the U.S. health care cloud market could reach $3.5 billion by 2020, up from $903 million last year. Healthcare IT News et al.

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DeSalvo Discusses Health IT Challenges, Future of ONC

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:12

During a keynote address at the American Medical Informatics Association’s annual conference, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo addressed challenges facing health IT, including the usability of systems. She also announced that ONC plans to release a draft of its Federal Health IT Strategic Plan in two weeks. Healthcare IT News, Health Data Management.

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Study: Health IT Use Could Affect Physicians’ Capacity To See Patients

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:08

A study published in the American Journal of Managed Care finds that the odds of physicians being able to accept new patients decreased by 14% with each additional health IT system used. Researchers say the findings “call into question” whether health IT improves practice efficiency. FierceHealthIT et al.

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CMS Names Niall Brennan as Nation’s First Chief Data Officer

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:54

CMS has appointed Niall Brennan to become the agency’s first chief data officer. Brennan, who will head the department’s newly created Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics, will be tasked with boosting health data collection and transparency. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Generic Drug Options in EHRs Can Affect Docs’ Prescribing Behavior

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:08

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that doctors whose electronic health record systems are set to default to generic medications are more likely to prescribe less-expensive drugs, compared with physicians who are shown both generic and brand-name options. Health Data Management et al.

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HHS Issues Proposed Rules To Improve ClinicalTrials.gov

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:03

HHS has issued new proposed rules that would require researchers to submit to ClinicalTrials.gov summaries of government-funded clinical trials for products that are not yet licensed or approved. NIH officials say the changes could result in fewer patients being harmed by duplicative studies. Wall Street Journal‘s “Pharmalot,” Wall Street Journal.

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