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Survey: Federal Health Agencies Hampered by Complex Networks

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:21

A new MeriTalk report finds that about 81% of network managers at government agencies including HHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs believe that the complexity of their IT networks is hampering performance objectives. However, 68% said they expect their network complexity will increase over the next three years. Government Health IT et al.

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U.S. Health Entities Report, Settle Data Breaches Affecting Millions

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:14

Health care organizations in California, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have reported or settled cases regarding health data breaches and security incidents. The breaches collectively affected the personal health information of millions of individuals. Philadelphia Inquirer et al.

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Health Analytics Market To See 25% Growth Rate Over Five Years

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:24

A new Research and Markets report finds that the health care analytics market is expected to expand at a 25% compound annual growth rate between 2014 and 2019. Growth will be driven by the adoption of health IT and centralized health care mandates, among other factors. Health IT Analytics, Research and Market report.

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New Google Project Will Use Health Data for Earlier Disease Detection

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:23

Google has launched a project that will use a wide range of new diagnostic tools and data analysis to identify “biomarkers” in the hopes of creating a unique picture of a healthy human. Google says the data could be used by medical researchers to detect diseases earlier and improve treatment therapies. Wall Street Journal.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 25, 2014

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:43

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Information and Technology has selected Creative Computing Solutions to provide technology coordinators at rural medical centers. Mark VanderWerf, vice president of eHealth and OEM at Nonin Medical, has been named chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Industry Council and has been appointed to its board of directors.

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Physicians Say International Telehealth Program is Beneficial

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:13

A new study published in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health finds that Latin American physicians were satisfied with an international pediatric telehealth program conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Current Flow of Health Data is Hindered, Advocate Argues in Hearing

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:09

During a hearing yesterday before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, advocates argue that “inconsistent, overlapping” regulatory framework is hampering the free flow of health data. Without revisions, health research will not advance in the way it should, one stakeholder testified. Health Data Management.

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VA Secretary Nominee Vows To Address EHR, Scheduling Issues

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:32

During a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing, Department of Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Robert McDonald said if confirmed he would work with the Pentagon to integrate VA’s electronic health record systems and tackle VA’s outdated scheduling technology. Lawmakers are expected to soon vote on McDonald’s nomination. New York Times et al.

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Study: Outdated Communication Tools Can Affect Patient Safety

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:00

A new Frost & Sullivan study finds that a significant portion of the health care industry still uses old communications tools, which can have negative effects on patient safety and internal hospital operations. The authors recommend that providers adopt secure mobile communication methods. FierceMobileHealthcare, Frost & Sullivan study.

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HHS Announces New Behavioral Health Data Visualization Challenge

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:53

HHS has announced plans to launch a new three-month behavioral health data visualization challenge to foster better use of publicly available government health data. A total of $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to winners. Health Data Management, Federal Register.

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Number of Hospitals Using CPOE Systems Grows, Survey Finds

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:11

The 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey finds the number of hospitals that met certain standards for computerized physician order entry systems increased from 113 in 2009 to 616 in 2013. However, the survey shows that 36% of all test orders in 2013 failed to prompt appropriate physician warnings. FierceHealthcare et al.

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New Pancreatic Disease Registry Aims To Improve Care, Research

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:00

The National Pancreas Foundation has partnered with Remedy Informatics to create the first national patient registry focused on pancreatic diseases. The registry will capture patient and physician data and allow researchers to analyze, visualize and query the information. Health Data Management, NPF release.

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EHNAC To Launch Accreditation Program for ACOs, IT Service Groups

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:37

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission is working to launch an accreditation program for accountable care organizations and related vendors and payers. Among other things, the program will assess ACOs based on their data exchange connectivity, HIPAA compliance and network infrastructure. Clinical Innovation & Technology et al.

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Doctors Using CMS’ Open Payments Site Report Long Waits, Errors

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:35

CMS has begun allowing physicians to log on to its online database of payments made to providers and review disclosures on themselves before the data are made public in September. However, users are reporting long wait times for verification and login processes and ambiguous error messages. ProPublica, The Hill.

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AMA Voices More Concerns About Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:28

In a letter to CMS, the American Medical Association raises concerns about a proposed rule to grant some flexibility in the meaningful use program, including the rule’s failure to ease the reporting process and help those who struggle the most to attest. Health Data Management, FierceEMR

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EHRs, Other Health IT Key To Successful ACOs, Study Finds

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:48

A new study finds that robust health IT and analytics are among three key areas academic medical centers must address to establish a successful accountable care organization. In addition to strong leadership and care coordination, electronic health record systems are vital to establishing a successful ACO, the authors say. Health Data Management, Academic Medicine.

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Lawmaker Continues To Question ONC’s Health IT Regulatory Power

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:25

A congressional lawmaker has criticized the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s response regarding the office’s authority to regulate health IT products. In a letter to House lawmakers, ONC says that a draft health IT regulatory framework “did not propose that the Health IT Safety Center would have the authority to regulate health IT.” Modern Healthcare et al.

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Hospital Associations Defend Health IT, Patient Safety Improvements

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:52

U.S. hospital groups say that data collection and efforts to stem patient harm have improved in the past 15 years, despite claims by medical experts during a recent Senate subcommittee hearing that such improvements have not been made. Modern Healthcare.

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Survey: Few Individuals Trust Online Doc Ratings, Prefer Referrals

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:42

A new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey finds that 60% of U.S. residents say they trust quality ratings of health care providers from family or friends, compared with about 10% who say they trust free online rating websites. Only about 22% of respondents say they are confident they could compare physician quality using online sources. AP/Boston Globe et al.

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FDA Adds Recall Information to Open Access Data Initiative

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:22

FDA has expanded its open access data platform to include an Application Programming Interface that allows developers, researchers and other users to access reports on adverse drug events and medication recalls submitted to the agency’s database since 2004. Health Data Management, FDA’s “FDA Voice.”

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