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Report: Canada Faces Similar Health Data Exchange Issues as U.S.

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:55

A C.D. Howe Institute report finds that many health organizations in the U.S. and Canada struggle to exchange health data among electronic health record systems. However, the report noted that the U.S. is farther along in several categories of EHR adoption. Health Data Management, C.D. Howe Institute report.

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Telehealth Effective but Slower Than Onsite Stroke Assessments

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:45

A study published in Telemedicine and e-Health finds that robot-assisted telehealth assessments for stroke patients take slightly longer than in-person consultations. However, the researchers suggest such telehealth interventions could still be effective when there is no vascular neurologist on site. FierceHealthIT, Telemedicine and e-Health.

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Reports Assess Health, Fitness Device Markets Through 2019

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:16

A new report predicts that annual revenues for wireless health and fitness services will reach $1.8 billion by 2019, up from $320 million this year. Meanwhile, a separate report predicts that revenue for connected health and fitness tracking devices will reach $5.4 billion in the U.S. by 2019. MobiHealthNews, Parks Associates release.

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Online Retraining Program Seeks To Address Physician Shortage

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 12:06

A group at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine has created an online program that seeks to address the growing shortage of primary care providers by retraining health care providers from other specialties. So far, the 15-course program has helped 13 providers become primary care physicians. Fort Smith Times Record.

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Study: Mobile App Can Facilitate Surgery Resident Reviews

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:59

A study published in the Journal of Surgical Education finds that a smartphone-based system developed by Northwestern Medicine can effectively facilitate performance assessments of general surgery residents. In addition, the system could be used to modify curricula or inform national training guidelines. Health Data Management, JSE.

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PCORI Allocates $5M for Research Network Demonstration Project

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:13

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has announced it will award up to $1 million to allow its clinical research data network to collaborate with health system leaders to identify data-driven research activities. PCORI will award another $4 million to fund up to five one-year research studies on those priority areas. FierceHealthIT, Politico‘s “Morning eHealth.”

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Analysis Finds Most Text Message Health Interventions Successful

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:10

A review of research on text message interventions related to chronic disease self-management, disease prevention and health promotion finds that most of the programs were effective. For example, text message interventions focused on general disease prevention and health promotion resulted in “statistically significant positive effects on health outcomes.” MobiHeathNews.

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Report: Networked Medical Devices Need Immediate Security Plans

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:58

A new report finds that although networked medical devices have the potential to significantly benefit society, they also pose security risks. The report recommends steps the industry and regulators should take to ensure the security of such devices. Health Data Management, FierceHealthIT.

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House Approves SGR Deal With Major Health IT Provisions

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:50

Yesterday, the House voted 392-37 to approve legislation to permanently replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula. The measure — which the Senate will consider after it returns from recess on April 13 — has significant implications for the meaningful use program, interoperability and telehealth. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of March 27, 2015

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:56

Intermountain Healthcare in Utah has selected Cerner’s electronic health record, revenue cycle and practice management system. TeleHealth Services has partnered with Samsung to develop a combined patient engagement and clinical applications tool.

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Data Show Few Digital Health Startups Led by Women

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:20

Data compiled by Rock Health show that just 6% of digital health startups that have received at least $2 million in capital in the last four years are led by women. Some stakeholders say the low percentage is the result of too few women in the field, but others say the problem is not due to the lack of interest among female entrepreneurs. KQED’s “Future of You.”

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Health IT To Play Critical Role in Payment Reform Initiative

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:02

Stakeholders say health IT and interoperability will be critical to the success of the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network. The Obama administration initiative, which was launched this week, aims to encourage the transition to alternative health care payment models. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Battle Heats Up Over Use of ‘.Doctor’ Website Domain Names

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 13:02

The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers has classified the new “.doctor” domain in the highly regulated “Category 1,” which means only “legitimate medical practitioners” will be able to use the domain name. One firm that sells domain names is fighting the policy, arguing that “the term ‘doctor’ is pretty broad and has a lot of uses.” The Hill, Bloomberg BNA.

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Group Unveils Online Map To Link Users With Cancer Research Efforts

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:56

A team of researchers has created an online map that allows users to search for cancer experts and research projects by country and cancer type. The Global Cancer Project Map — which currently includes more than 800 projects over six continents — could help inform charitable and policy decisions. San Francisco Business Times et al.

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Opinion: Big Data, Query System Key to Improving Treatment

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:29

In a Wall Street Journal blog post, John Sotos — a cardiologist and CEO of a medical-expertise search company — writes that the implementation of a national query system would allow doctors to review past patient histories and improve treatment options using big data. Wall Street Journal‘s “The Experts.”

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Roe Reintroduces Bill To Create Joint Military EHR System

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

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

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

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

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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