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

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

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

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

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

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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N.Y. Gun Database Includes 34,500 Patients With Mental Illnesses

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:10

A relatively new database that tracks New York residents who have mental illnesses and who are considered too dangerous to have a gun permit includes about 34,500 names. The large number of people included in the database has sparked debate among mental health providers and gun control advocates. New York Times.

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Texas Hospital Updates EHR After Misdiagnosis of Ebola Patient

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:00

During a House hearing, a Texas Health Resources official clarified conflicting statements regarding the role of the hospital’s electronic health record system in the handling of the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He also outlined modifications that have been made to the hospital’s EHR system. Health Data Management et al.

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Group Urges Expansion of Medicare Coverage of Telehealth

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:49

The Alliance for Connected Care is pressing policymakers to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services beyond patients living in rural areas. For example, the group is urging policymakers to allow Medicare reimbursement for visits to retail health clinics. Washington Post‘s “Capital Business.”

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Report: Big Growth Potential for Computer-Assisted Coding Apps

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:25

A HIMSS Analytics report details the growth potential of 25 medical devices and support service applications among U.S. hospitals. Researchers find that computer-assisted coding applications have the highest growth potential, in part because of the transition to ICD-10 code sets. Health Data Management, HIMSS Analytics release.

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CMS Issues New Physician Payment Database Search Tool

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 12:12

CMS has released a beta search tool to help users look up physician payment data on its recently launched Open Payments system, which was criticized for its poor usability. The new tool allows users to search by providers’ name, location and specialty, as well as by the names of hospitals or medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Wall Street Journal‘s “Pharmalot.”

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ONC, CDC Initiative Refocused To Use EHRs in Ebola Screening Efforts

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:55

CDC and ONC are pushing the Public Health Electronic Health Records Vendors Collaboration Initiative, which aims to help providers meet meaningful use requirements, as a way to better identify patients with Ebola. Meanwhile, some experts say fully integrating diagnostic support software with EHRs could alert physicians to patients at high-risk of having Ebola. Health Data Management, Modern Healthcare.

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Pa. Passes Rx Database Bill; N.H. Rx Database Registration Begins

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:38

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed a bill to create a new prescription drug monitoring program that would give providers and law enforcement officials access to a prescription drug database. Meanwhile, New Hampshire’s prescription drug database has begun accepting physician and pharmacist registrations. PennLive et al.

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Treasury Officials Reviewing Glitch in Online ACA Coverage Calculator

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:32

The Obama administration is expected to correct a glitch in HHS’ online calculator used to certify that insurance plans comply with the Affordable Care Act’s minimum coverage standards. Last month, consumer advocates said the calculator was allowing large companies to offer less-costly substandard plans in 2015. Kaiser Health News.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 17, 2014

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:31

Lucia Savage, senior associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare, has been named chief privacy officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Accenture has partnered with pharmaceutical companies Eisai, Merck and Pfizer to develop a cloud-based analytics platform for drug development.

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RWJF Launches Big Data Initiative To Improve Community Health

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:03

On Thursday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that it has launched the Data for Health initiative, which aims to use data to encourage healthy lifestyles. The effort will begin with a series of discussions to gather information, in which the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will participate. MedCity News et al.

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