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Transparency Needed To Use Google Trends in Health Research

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:04

A recent study published in PLOS ONE finds that Google Trends holds promise but that there needs to be more transparency for it to be an effective health research tool. The authors find that the majority of studies using Google Trends failed to provide adequate documentation of search methodologies and rationales. FierceHealthIT, PLOS ONE.

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Wikipedia Gaining Reputation as Trusted Source for Ebola Info

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:03

Wikipedia is nearly as popular as CDC’s website for Ebola information. Meanwhile, Connecticut and Maine have launched separate websites to keep residents up to date about Ebola news. In related news, IBM announced that it is leveraging data analytics to help combat the Ebola outbreak. New York Times et al.

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Stakeholders at Odds Over DeSalvo’s Departure, Future of Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:48

Former National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo’s recent appointment to HHS as acting assistant secretary for health is causing concern among some industry stakeholders, such as the American Medical Association, while others, such as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, say the leadership changes offer new opportunities. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Most Health Execs Say Big Data Needed To Maintain Market Share

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:42

A new poll finds that 89% of health care executives say implementing big data analytics is necessary to maintaining market share in the health care industry, while nearly 60% say big data could help improve patient outcomes and satisfaction rankings. Health IT Analytics.

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Survey: Physicians Dissatisfied With Federal Reporting Programs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:37

A recent Medical Group Management Association survey finds that physicians are dissatisfied with the meaningful use program, Physician Quality Reporting System and the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program. More than 83% of respondents say they do not believe that the reporting programs improve the quality of patient care. Health Data Management et al.

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Study: User, EHR Errors Both To Blame in Ebola Misdiagnosis

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:15

A new study in the journal Diagnosis finds that human and computer errors both contributed to the initial misdiagnosis of the first Ebola-infected patient in the U.S. However, Epic Systems President Carl Dvorak maintains that the electronic health record system was not responsible for the mistake. Modern Healthcare et al.

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AMA Urges CMS To Better Align Meaningful Use, Two Other Programs

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:53

The American Medical Association is urging CMS to better align the meaningful use program, Physician Quality Report System and the Value-Based Payment Modifier so physicians are not penalized under conflicting standards. EHR Intelligence, AMA release.

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CMS’ $840M Care Transformation Initiative To Leverage Health IT

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:45

Health IT will play a critical role in a new four-year, $840 million CMS initiative that aims to help provider networks improve care quality, efficiency and coordination by sharing best practices. Among other things, the project calls for expanding the use of electronic health records. Health Data Management et al.  

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 24, 2014

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:34

IBM and AirStrip, a developer of mobile analytics, have partnered with the University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care to develop a health monitoring system for acute and critically ill patients. Massachusetts has extended by five years its Medicaid management information system contract with Hewlett Packard for $50 million.

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DeSalvo Leaves ONC Post To Lead Ebola Efforts at HHS

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:17

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo will leave her post, effective immediately, to serve as acting HHS assistant secretary and lead the agency’s Ebola response efforts. Meanwhile, Jacob Reider will step down as deputy national coordinator at the end of November. The announcements add to a growing list of top officials who have left the office in recent months. Modern Healthcare et al. 

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Health Data Breach Lawsuits Face Uphill Battle in California

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:44

Two California courts recently sided with Sutter Health and Eisenhower Medical Center in separate class-action lawsuits over data breaches. The courts ruled that under the state’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act providers are not liable for patient information being released if it does not include data on medical histories, conditions or treatments. FierceHealthIT, Beazley release.

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Homeland Security Investigating Medical Device Cybersecurity

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:23

Department of Homeland Security sources say the agency is investigating about two dozen medical devices and pieces of hospital equipment for potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The devices reportedly under review include Hospira’s drug infusion pump, Medtronic’s implantable heart device and St. Jude Medical’s implantable heart device. Reuters, Modern Healthcare.

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EHNAC Seeks Feedback on ACO Accreditation Program Criteria

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:16

A certification body for organizations that electronically share health data is seeking public comment on draft criteria for a new accountable care organization accreditation program. The program would assess ACOs and related organizations based on several factors including exchange connectivity and network infrastructure. Health Data Management, Clinical Innovation & Technology.

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Study: Patients Using Price Transparency Tool Save on Health Care

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 13:03

A Journal of the American Medical Association study finds that patients who used a pricing transparency tool before scheduling health care services spent 14% less on lab tests, 13% less on advanced imaging tests and 1% less on clinician visits than individuals who did not use the tool. Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs,” MobiHealthNews.

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Mobile EHR Users More Satisfied With Their Systems, Survey Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:47

A new survey finds that individuals who access electronic health records through a mobile device are more than twice as satisfied with their EHR systems as non-mobile users. However, just one-fourth of those surveyed reported accessing EHRs via a tablet or smartphone. Health Data Management et al.

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Global Telehealth Market To Reach $43.4B by 2019, Report Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:05

A report by BCC Research projects that the global market for telehealth technologies will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 17.7%, reaching $43.4 billion by 2019. Specifically, the report estimates that the home-based telehealth market will grow from $6.5 billion in 2013 to $24 billion in 2019 and that the hospital-based telehealth technology market will reach $19.5 billion in five years. FierceHealthIT, BCC Research report.

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Reports Detail Consumer Concerns, Expectations for Wearables

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:52

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute has released two reports that show that consumers believe wearable devices could improve individuals’ health but that privacy and security concerns remain. The reports argue that to boost adoption rates, wearables will have to be “interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven.” Healthcare IT News et al.

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Adding HIE, E-Prescribing Data to EHRs Improves Rx List Accuracy

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:42

Electronic health record systems at two hospitals captured patient medication lists with an 80% accuracy, but that accuracy rate increased to 91% when combined with a community health information exchange and an electronic prescribing database, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. EHR Intelligence, AJMC.

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Chicago Taps Twitter To Find Food Poisoning, Restaurant Violations

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:36

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that Chicago was able to identify potential outbreaks of foodborne illnesses earlier by using Twitter to track down restaurants that might be violating health codes. Chicago’s program prompted more than 150 inspections that resulted in 21 restaurant closures due to health code violations. MobiHealthNews, JAMA.

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FDA Network Susceptible to Cyberattacks, OIG Audit Finds

Making Sense of Meaningful Use - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:12

A recent HHS Office of Inspector General audit finds that FDA’s network contains vulnerabilities that could put its data at risk to cyberattacks. OIG offered several recommendations for improving data protections, and FDA says it has taken steps to address the issues. Health Data Management, OIG audit.

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