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

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

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

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’

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

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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ONC Publicly Releases Comments on Interoperability Roadmap

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:18

Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT published nearly 250 public comments that it received on its draft nationwide interoperability roadmap. Stakeholders’ reactions were mixed, with some praising ONC for its efforts and others urging the agency to step back and avoid further government involvement. Politico‘s “Morning eHealth” et al.

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Report: Care Coordination Software Market To Experience Big Growth

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:15

A new report from Frost & Sullivan projects that the care coordination software market will grow at a 26.1% compound annual growth rate over the next five years. The ambulatory practice sector is expected to see the highest growth rate during that time. FierceHealthIT et al.

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AMA Officials ‘Strongly Support’ Bill To Block ICD-10 Implementation

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:10

Officials from the American Medical Association say they are backing a bill that would prohibit HHS from adopting the new ICD-10 code sets as a replacement to ICD-9. Both AMA’s Executive Vice President and CEO James Madara and incoming President Steven Stack expressed their strong support for the bill. Healthcare IT News, Healthcare Finance.

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Researchers To Test Digital Pillbox To Improve Medication Adherence

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:05

TowerView Health, Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine are preparing to launch a clinical trial to test a digital pillbox that uses sensors and cellular data to track patients’ medication adherence and alert them to missed doses. However, some stakeholders question whether health IT can help to address the issue, noting past failures. Modern Healthcare.

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Compact To Expand Telehealth Nears Threshold for Enactment

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:48

A bill passed by the Alabama Legislature would make the state part of the Federation of State Medical Boards’ interstate compact for physician licensure to facilitate the expansion of telehealth. If Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs the measure, the compact would reach the seven-state threshold to take effect. mHealthNews.

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FDA Issues Cybersecurity Guidance for Two Medical Devices

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 13:06

FDA has issued guidance with recommendations for reducing the risk of security vulnerabilities found in two computerized drug infusion pumps manufactured by Hospira. Last year, Hospira was under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, and the most recent guidance follows a report detailing vulnerabilities of the devices. AHA News, FDA guidance.

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HealthCare.gov To Get New Contractor; Hawaii To Close Exchange

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:45

Officials for Optum, which has been leading efforts to fix the federal health insurance exchange, say the company would not renew its contract when it ends in July. Meanwhile, Hawaii officials say they will shut down the state’s exchange by Sept. 30 due to financial issues. Wall Street Journal et al.

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Mobile Health Use Among Rural, Urban Health Clinics Low in 2013

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:54

A Commonwealth Fund survey finds low mobile health adoption among rural and urban community clinics and centers in 2013. Facilities cited several barriers to adopting mobile technology, including a lack of funding and human and technical resources. MobiHealthNews, Commonwealth Fund survey.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of May 15, 2015

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:39

Fitbit, a manufacturer of fitness-tracking wearables, plans to conduct an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange to raise up to $100 million. Jessica Mega, a cardiologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has been named lead researcher of Google X’s personalized medicine Baseline Study.

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Anthem’s Data Breach Response May Have Limited Harm to Brand

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 11:35

A survey shows that consumers expressed a lower opinion about insurer Anthem after the disclosure of data breach affecting 78.8 million people. However, data suggest that the strength of the company’s response might have mitigated damage to the company’s brand. Indianapolis Business Journal‘s “The Dose.”

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Interoperability Provisions Added to 21st Century Cures Draft Bill

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:42

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders have unveiled a revised draft of the 21st Century Cures Act that includes language to bolster interoperability. Stakeholders largely support the draft measure’s interoperability provisions but are concerned about the lack of telehealth provisions. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Rep. Introduces Bill for Transition Period After ICD-10 Implementation

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 12:16

Rep. Diane Black has introduced a bill that would require HHS to conduct an 18-month transition and testing period following the ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1 to ensure that the new code set is functioning properly. Meanwhile, CMS officials are urging providers to take advantage of federal resources to prepare for the switch. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Drugmakers Increasingly Turn to Genomic Databases for Research

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:54

Drugmakers increasingly are investing in and creating databases of genetic information from patient volunteers to identify rare genetic mutations. Some experts say the use of data analysis in gene sequencing could change the way new drugs are developed. Reuters.

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Fitbit Faces Lawsuit Over Alleged Inaccuracies, Misleading Advertising

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 11:44

A California resident has filed a class-action lawsuit against Fitbit, alleging that its wearable devices do not accurately track sleep and that the company is engaging in false advertising. Fitbit says it “strongly disagrees” with the lawsuit, adding that its trackers “are not intended to be scientific or medical devices.” MobiHealthNews.

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