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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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Medical Experts Emphasize Role of Health IT in Patient Safety

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:11

During a hearing yesterday of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, medical experts said health IT tools, such as data tracking and patient monitoring tools, are key to reducing patient harm. The hearing was inspired by a recent report that found as many as 400,000 instances of patient deaths each year are associated with medical errors. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Majority of Mass. Health Groups Use an EHR System, Study Finds

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 13:00

A new study from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute finds that nearly 80% of health care groups in the state use an electronic health record system, including 96% of primary care providers. Most of the groups that do not currently use an EHR system said they plan to adopt one within the next two years. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Study: Automated Screening Improves Clinical Trial Patient Matching

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:35

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association finds that compared with a manual process, automated eligibility screening to match patients with clinical trials reduces workload and increases overall efficiency. FierceEMR, JAMIA.

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Duke Medicine Initiative Integrates EHR, Geographic Data

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:16

Duke Medicine is working on an initiative to integrate its electronic health records data with a geographic information system to study and predict population health trends. The automated system aggregates near-exact geographical information in real-time. Health Data Management.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of July 18, 2014

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:57

CMS has awarded a contract worth a total of $7 billion to 15 companies and academic organizations to develop and test research and payment and service delivery models. Apple and IBM are partnering to develop and market business apps for Apple’s iPhones and iPads using IBM’s data and analytics systems.

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NIH Moving Forward With Big Data Initiative, Officials Say

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:11

An article written by NIH officials outlines the agency’s Big Data to Knowledge initiative, which aims to maximize the value of increasingly complex and large biomedical data sets. The initiative’s early efforts include calling on industry stakeholders to conduct short-term trials to find the best practices for indexing existing datasets. Health IT Analytics et al.

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Health IT Funding Doubled in Q2 2014, Reaching $1.8B, Report Finds

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 13:00

A Mercom Capital Group report finds that investments in the health IT industry doubled between the first and second quarters of 2014. The industry raised $1.8 billion in Q2, marking its first billion-dollar fiscal quarter. Healthcare IT News.

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CMS Posts Bid; Maryland To Fix Exchange Glitches

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:53

The federal government has posted a notice to hire an IT vendor to oversee after its contract with Accenture expires. Meanwhile, Maryland officials say they will resolve glitches in the technology they have adopted from Connecticut’s state exchange prior to launch. National Journal, McClatchy/Government Technology.

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Survey: 80% of Physicians Use EHRs, Many Favor VA’s System

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:45

A new Medscape survey of 18,500 physicians names doctors’ top electronic health record vendors across several performance areas. The survey shows 80% of respondents use an EHR system and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA-CPRS system received the highest score. EHR Intelligence, Medscape Medical News.

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CDC Tests Tablet-Based Disease Detection System at World Cup

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:16

CDC teamed up with Brazilian Ministry of Health officials to test a tablet-based disease detection system designed to identify potential outbreaks during the World Cup. The tablet uses CDC’s Epi Info software, which allows epidemiologists deployed in the field to collect and stream various data to a cloud computer storage in real time. GCN, CDC’s “Our Global Voices.”

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