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Health Groups Make the Case for Unique Device Identifiers in EHRs

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:14

In a letter sent this week to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, 10 health care groups argued that language should be included in upcoming rules on the meaningful use and electronic health record certification programs that requires providers to include data on medical devices implanted in patients in EHRs. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Survey: Physicians See Benefits, Drawbacks in EHR System Switches

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 14:05

A recent survey finds that nearly 60% of family physicians who recently changed electronic health record systems thought the switch increased functionality and helped them to meet meaningful use requirements. However, just 43% of those doctors said they were happy with the switch. FierceEMR, Family Practice Management.

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Report: State Innovation Models Plan To Invest in Health IT Tools

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:13

A new Accenture report finds that most states participating in CMS’ State Innovation Models initiative plan to invest more in health IT tools and services. For example, 19 states plan to expand the use of telehealth, while 15 plan to increase access to patient-facing digital tools, such as patient portals. MobiHealthNews.

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Open Payments Website Riddled With Errors, Analysis Finds

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:20

CMS’ physician payment database contains several errors about drugmakers’ payments, such as misspelled drug names and multiple subsidiaries recording payments for the same drug. A CMS official says the agency does not confirm the data that companies submit but fixes errors as they are identified. ProPublica/New York Times‘ “The Upshot.”

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of January 23, 2015

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:36

Anthem has awarded a $500 million contract to IBM to provide operational services for the insurer’s data server and storage infrastructure. Michael James McCoy has been named chief health information officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

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Health Groups Warn FCC Against Bolstering Net Neutrality Rules

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:24

In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the Health IT Now Coalition, mHealth Regulatory Coalition and Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance asked the agency to avoid adopting stringent regulatory rules to guarantee net neutrality. The groups raised concerns about the effects such rules could have on health care innovation and the mobile health sector. Modern Healthcare.

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Most Patients Willing To Have Online Video Doctor Visits, Survey Finds

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:20

A Harris Poll survey finds that 64% of patients are willing to use an online video to consult with a physician. However, the survey shows about 88% of those willing to have an online video visit would prefer to select their physician rather than be randomly assigned one. MobiHealthNews et al.

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Doctors Raise Concerns About EHR Certification, Call for Changes

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:56

A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association is calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to make significant changes to its electronic health record certification program, including separating it from the meaningful use program. The groups say the current program is detrimental to patient safety. The Hill et al.

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ASCO To Launch Database Initiative To Advance Cancer Treatment

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:50

Yesterday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology announced that it will launch a database that will analyze big data to improve cancer care. The database will aggregate health data from millions of electronic health records and provide clinical decision support. Modern Healthcare, Medscape.

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Study: Negative Tweets Associated With Higher Heart Disease Deaths

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:35

A new study finds that the number of negative tweets in an area correlates with higher heart disease death rates. According to researchers, the findings could help to identify locations where public health interventions should occur. Washington Post‘s “To Your Health,” Psychological Science.

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Report Ranks Top Physician-Recommended Mobile Health Apps

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:31

HealthTap has ranked the top 100 mobile health and fitness applications for both the iOS and Android operating systems based on a survey of more than 565,000 physicians. Among all categories, the top-rated apps focused on healthy eating, heart health and children’s health. mHealthNews et al.

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Health Data Experts Praise Nod to Cybersecurity in SOTU Speech

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:15

Health data experts say the inclusion of cybersecurity in President Obama’s State of the Union address serves as a signal to lawmakers that the administration thinks the issue needs to be addressed. Meanwhile, experts say that Obama’s calls for a national data breach notification bill might not alter current HIPAA requirements. Modern Healthcare, Health Data Management.

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OIG: Lax Vetting of Contactors Led to System Errors

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:05

A new report from HHS’ Office of Inspector General finds that the federal government’s lax oversight of the hiring process for contractors resulted in system errors. The report finds that CMS rushed to begin site construction and only adequately vetted two of six examined contracts. The Hill, Wall Street Journal.

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AAFP Weighs In on ONC’s Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:41

In a recent letter, the American Academy of Family Physicians says it “strongly support[s] the vision and mission” in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2020. The letter also outlines several recommendations for improving the plan. HealthCare IT News et al.

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Digital Health Funding Doubled in 2014, Reaching $4.7B

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:06

A new report by Mercom Capital Group finds that digital health funding in 2014 reached $4.7 billion, more than double the $2.2 billion invested in the sector in 2013. The report shows that clinical decision support, data analytics and population health management were the most popular areas of investment. Healthcare Informatics, EHR Intelligence.

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