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AMIA Unveils Recommendations for Advancing EHRs by 2020

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 13:13

The American Medical Informatics Association has unveiled the 10 recommendations from its EHR-2020 Task Force for improving electronic health record systems by 2020. The report outlines five key focus areas, including supporting person-centered care delivery. MedCity News et al.

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Contest Seeks Wearables To Improve Health in Developing Countries

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 13:03

The “Wearables for Good” challenge — launched by UNICEF in partnership with smartphone chip manufacturer ARM and design firm Frog — seeks wearable devices that can be used to help individuals in underdeveloped countries avoid death, disease and disasters. MedCity News et al.

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Study: ICD-10 Transition Could Pose Problems for Hospital EDs

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:39

A new study finds that hospital emergency departments could be negatively affected by the upcoming transition to ICD-10 code sets if challenges posed by current mapping tools are not addressed. Specifically, the study finds EDs could experience problems with clinical workflow and finances. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Health Data Breaches Cost More To Remediate Than in Other Sectors

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:08

A Ponemon Institute study finds that health care data breaches are the costliest to remediate, at $363 per exposed personally identifiable record, compared with $154 in other industries. In addition, researchers find that the cost of remediating health care data breaches is increasing. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of May 29, 2015

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:59

Xerox has acquired Healthy Communities Institute, a cloud-based public health data company, for an undisclosed sum. Susannah Fox — former associate director of the Pew Research Center and “entrepreneur in residence” at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — has been named HHS CTO.

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Bill Would Ease Location Rule for Interstate VA Telehealth Services

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:06

House lawmakers have introduced a bill that aims to ease a telehealth rule requiring Department of Veterans Affairs patients and providers to be at a federal facility. The legislation would allow VA providers to provide telehealth services across state lines as long as they are qualified and the treatment is “within the scope of their authorized federal duties.” mHealthNews, FierceHealthIT.

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Federal Officials, Lawmakers Seek Ways To Bolster Interoperability

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:50

Amid reports of information blocking among electronic health record vendors and hospitals, lawmakers and federal officials are seeking ways to increase interoperability and ensure the free flow of information. For example, a bill approved by a House committee last week would define information blocking as a federal offense. New York Times.

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Survey: Many Providers Use EHRs for Data Analytics Capabilities

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:37

A HIMSS Analytics survey finds that the use of data analytics among health care organizations has increased by six percentage points in the last two years. The survey shows many organizations use their electronic health record systems to support their analytics capabilities. Health Data Management, Politico‘s “Morning eHealth.”

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CMS Plans To Create Online Medicare Fraud Tracking System

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:11

CMS is seeking a contractor to create a comprehensive Medicare fraud tracking system that would monitor enforcement actions taken against providers. The system would be available on, which have not yet launched, and would help avoid redundancies by Medicare review contractors. Modern Healthcare.

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Most Health Care Providers Lack Health IT Roadmaps, Report Finds

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:07

A new report finds that more than half of health care providers lack a roadmap for implementing health IT, even though most recognize the technology’s potential for improving care efficiency. Meanwhile, the report states that the federal government’s increased focus on interoperability likely will boost development in the health IT market. FierceHealthIT, Frost & Sullivan release.

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Minn. Passes Bill To Exempt Solo Practitioners From EHR Requirement

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:21

Minnesota House and Senate lawmakers have passed legislation that would exempt solo practitioners and cash providers from a statewide mandate for health care providers to adopt electronic health record systems by the beginning of 2015. Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom praised the passage. EHR Intelligence et al.

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Experts Note Importance of Fast Response to Cybersecurity Incidents

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:06

Some data breach experts say organizations that suffer a breach should respond quickly and consult with outside experts, while others say the focus should be on improving the organization’s internal team. Meanwhile, members of Congress have been warned that they could be affected by the recently disclosed cyberattack at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield. Modern Healthcare et al.

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Meaningful Use Payments Top $30B as of March, CMS Says

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:58

New CMS data show that meaningful use incentive payments exceeded $30 billion as of March. More than $20 billion was paid through the Medicare program, $9.4 billion was paid through Medicaid and $400 million was paid through Medicare Advantage. Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review et al.

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Text Reminder Program Enrollees More Likely To Have Physical Exams

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:37

A recent analysis finds that individuals enrolled in a mobile text message program that reminded participants to schedule medical visits were three times more likely to have a physical exam within 90 days of receiving the reminder. Further, 71% of participants said the program helped them to remember medical appointments. MobiHealthNews.

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Study: Pediatric Telehealth Programs Can Reduce Rural ED Costs

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:34

A new study finds that rural emergency departments could reduce costs by implementing pediatric telehealth programs. After accounting the cost of equipment, IT support and software, the researchers find that rural hospitals saw a $1.96 return on investment for every dollar spent on pediatric telehealth programs. FierceHealthIT.

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