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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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CMS’ New Investment Model Will Help ACOs With Health IT

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:28

CMS announced a new program in which it will invest up to $114 million in infrastructure and redesigned care processes for up to 75 Medicare Shared Savings Program participants to improve patient care through health IT and other efforts. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Paper Looks at Benefits, Challenges of EHR Data Warehouses

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:25

A research paper published in eGEMS highlights the benefits and challenges associated with creating a centralized data warehouse that is shared among multiple community health centers with different electronic health record systems. FierceHealthIT, eGEMS.

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Interoperability Center Stage at Health IT Committee Meeting

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 13:14

Yesterday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released updated details about a draft roadmap for health IT interoperability. Meanwhile, the agency’s Health IT Policy and Standards committees approved a set of six recommendations from the JASON task force that calls on CMS to focus efforts on public application programming interfaces. Health Data Management et al. 

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China Looks to Health IT To Address Doctor Shortage, Data Sharing

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:26

China is increasingly turning to health IT to improve health care access and management, especially as its population ages and rates of chronic disease increase. As a result, investments in the country’s health IT market are expected to double to about $5.6 billion in 2017. Reuters.

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Health IT Funding Reaches $956M in Q3 2014, Report Finds

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:20

A Mercom Capital Group report finds that venture capital funding in the health IT industry reached $956 million in the third quarter of this fiscal year, compared with $1.8 billion in Q2. However, health IT merger and acquisition activity in Q3 was at its highest monetary level since 2010. Healthcare IT News et al.

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EHR Identification System Helped Reduce Errors in Hospital NICU

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:28

Montefiore Medical Center successfully reduced error rates in its neonatal intensive care unit by using its electronic health record system to give unnamed newborns unique identifications and implementing a verification function in the EHR, according to new research. MedPage Today, FierceEMR.

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Digital Health Driving Health Care Accelerator Growth, Report Finds

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:12

There are more than four times as many health care accelerators worldwide than there were two years ago, with 80% focusing on digital health. The report attributes the increase in part to growing consumer demand for technology to manage their own health care. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Report Questions Effectiveness of Hospital EHR Incentive Payments

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:06

A new draft paper questions the effectiveness of federal incentive payments under the HITECH Act that were designed to accelerate the adoption of electronic health records among hospitals. The report concludes that the payments only sped up EHR adoption rates by two years. Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs,” NBER.

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Health Groups Urge Changes to Meaningful Use Program

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:35

A coalition of health care organization sent a letter urging HHS to revamp the meaningful use program. Meanwhile, the American Medical Association in a separate letter offers CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recommendations for improving the meaningful use program. Healthcare IT News et al.

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Various Health Entities Across the U.S. Report Data Breaches

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:06

Health data breaches and security incidents have recently been reported at health care organizations across the U.S. The incidents include breaches in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and California that could affect thousands of patients’ protected health information. Health Data Management et al.

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