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DeSalvo To Keep ‘Her Leadership’ of ONC Despite New HHS Job

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:34

Days after news broke that National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo had been appointed acting HHS assistant secretary for health, federal officials are clarifying that DeSalvo will be “maintaining her leadership” of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and will continue to oversee “high-level policy issues.” Modern Healthcare‘s “Vital Signs” et al.

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House Committee Subpoenas Todd Park Over HealthCare.Gov Issues

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:43

House lawmakers have subpoenaed former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park to testify before congressional lawmakers on Nov. 19 about his involvement in the development of HealthCare.gov, particularly on the site’s cybersecurity protocols and standards. The committee in a report said Park misled lawmakers about his role in development of the site. The Hill, NextGov.

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Study Identifies Common Issues for Beacon Community Programs

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:37

A new study finds that Beacon Community programs face similar issues and barriers. For example, the researchers say that lack of a framework for evaluation was a common weakness among the four projects studied. FierceHealthIT, eGEMs.

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Google Developing Wearable System To Detect Diseases Earlier

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:33

Yesterday, a Google official said the company is developing a wearable device system that could help doctors detect diseases like cancer earlier by monitoring magnetic nanoparticles that attach themselves to cells, proteins or other molecules in an individual’s body. Wall Street Journal.

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Database, Interactive Map Highlight Information on ACA Plans

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:08

A new database and interactive map developed by the Commonwealth Fund and the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center features premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket limits and other data for health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges. Health Data Management, Commonwealth Fund release.

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Transparency Needed To Use Google Trends in Health Research

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:04

A recent study published in PLOS ONE finds that Google Trends holds promise but that there needs to be more transparency for it to be an effective health research tool. The authors find that the majority of studies using Google Trends failed to provide adequate documentation of search methodologies and rationales. FierceHealthIT, PLOS ONE.

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Wikipedia Gaining Reputation as Trusted Source for Ebola Info

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:03

Wikipedia is nearly as popular as CDC’s website for Ebola information. Meanwhile, Connecticut and Maine have launched separate websites to keep residents up to date about Ebola news. In related news, IBM announced that it is leveraging data analytics to help combat the Ebola outbreak. New York Times et al.

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Stakeholders at Odds Over DeSalvo’s Departure, Future of Health IT

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:48

Former National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo’s recent appointment to HHS as acting assistant secretary for health is causing concern among some industry stakeholders, such as the American Medical Association, while others, such as the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, say the leadership changes offer new opportunities. FierceHealthIT et al.

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Most Health Execs Say Big Data Needed To Maintain Market Share

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:42

A new poll finds that 89% of health care executives say implementing big data analytics is necessary to maintaining market share in the health care industry, while nearly 60% say big data could help improve patient outcomes and satisfaction rankings. Health IT Analytics.

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Survey: Physicians Dissatisfied With Federal Reporting Programs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:37

A recent Medical Group Management Association survey finds that physicians are dissatisfied with the meaningful use program, Physician Quality Reporting System and the Value-Based Payment Modifier Program. More than 83% of respondents say they do not believe that the reporting programs improve the quality of patient care. Health Data Management et al.

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Study: User, EHR Errors Both To Blame in Ebola Misdiagnosis

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:15

A new study in the journal Diagnosis finds that human and computer errors both contributed to the initial misdiagnosis of the first Ebola-infected patient in the U.S. However, Epic Systems President Carl Dvorak maintains that the electronic health record system was not responsible for the mistake. Modern Healthcare et al.

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AMA Urges CMS To Better Align Meaningful Use, Two Other Programs

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:53

The American Medical Association is urging CMS to better align the meaningful use program, Physician Quality Report System and the Value-Based Payment Modifier so physicians are not penalized under conflicting standards. EHR Intelligence, AMA release.

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CMS’ $840M Care Transformation Initiative To Leverage Health IT

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:45

Health IT will play a critical role in a new four-year, $840 million CMS initiative that aims to help provider networks improve care quality, efficiency and coordination by sharing best practices. Among other things, the project calls for expanding the use of electronic health records. Health Data Management et al.  

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Health IT Business News Roundup for the Week of October 24, 2014

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:34

IBM and AirStrip, a developer of mobile analytics, have partnered with the University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care to develop a health monitoring system for acute and critically ill patients. Massachusetts has extended by five years its Medicaid management information system contract with Hewlett Packard for $50 million.

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DeSalvo Leaves ONC Post To Lead Ebola Efforts at HHS

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:17

National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo will leave her post, effective immediately, to serve as acting HHS assistant secretary and lead the agency’s Ebola response efforts. Meanwhile, Jacob Reider will step down as deputy national coordinator at the end of November. The announcements add to a growing list of top officials who have left the office in recent months. Modern Healthcare et al. 

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