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March 27, 2012 / Issue 16

In This Issue

Getting EHR vendors speaking the same language

Justices hear health-law arguments

6 benefits and challenges in CMS' meaningful-use Stage 2 proposed rule

How managed file transfer changed my life

CMS delays Version 5010 again

IBM’s Watson to help Memorial Sloan-Kettering with cancer

HHS launches Twitter public health app contest

Critic of electronic health records study “mistaken,” authors say

America is stealing the world’s doctors

Hot Clips: Security


Featured Article: EHRs

Getting EHR vendors speaking the same language

What it will take to encourage EHR vendors to develop truly interoperable EHRs.

By Arjen Westerink, director of business development, VitalHealth

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White Paper

Ten Predictions for 2012 on Smartphones in Hospitals

With emerging capabilities far beyond phone calls, email, and even access to medical apps, smartphones have kicked off a communications revolution. Given this changing environment, we assembled a roundtable of industry and technology experts to compile this list of what 2012 will mean for smartphone use in hospitals.

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Healthcare Reform

Justices hear health-law arguments

Supreme Court justices generally showed little sympathy Monday for the position that the court should wait until 2014 or after to decide on the challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, as three days of arguments on the measure opened.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Meaningful Use

6 benefits and challenges in CMS' meaningful-use Stage 2 proposed rule

Industry leaders discuss three areas in the CMS' stage 2 proposed rule they believe could provide benefits and three areas that could cause challenges.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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File Management/Security

How managed file transfer changed my life

For Daniel Cheney, a technology administrator at a major healthcare administration company, sending and receiving sensitive files between various systems used to be a daily grind and a consistent source of stress. “We were using PC-based freeware FTP tools and the built-in FTP functions on the IBM iSeries,” he says. All the headaches went away once Cheney started using GoAnywhere Director, which connects to almost any server or data source to streamline and secure the exchange of data with your customers, trading partners and enterprise servers.

Read the Linoma Software blog. >

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Claims and Coding

CMS delays Version 5010 again

For the second time in four months, CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced it will not enforce Version 5010, D.0 and 3.0 electronic transaction standards – the delay now runs through June 30, 2012.

Read the ACS Review article. >

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Decision Support

IBM’s Watson to help Memorial Sloan-Kettering with cancer

IBM’s Watson computer, which beat champions of the quiz show “Jeopardy!” last year and is starting to be sold to insurers and banks, is to provide help to doctors and patients on diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Mobile Computing

HHS launches Twitter public health app contest

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has launched a developer’s challenge to create a public health application that takes Twitter data for a specific geographic area and counts the frequency of common illness-related terms to come up with a list of top-five trending illnesses for the past 24 hours.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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EHRs

Critic of electronic health records study “mistaken,” authors say

Dr. Danny McCormick of Cambridge Health Alliance and colleagues faced heavy criticism a few weeks ago when they published a study saying that electronic health records may not be the panacea for skyrocketing costs that many have hoped for.

Read the Boston Globe article. >

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Opportunities

America is stealing the world’s doctors

Who wants to practice medicine in a country where they use power tools in surgery? The dilemma of doctors in the developing world.

Read the NYT article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Security

Sponsored by Linoma Software

GoAnywhere helps meet HIPAA compliance regulations by simplifying, automating and encrypting confidential data transfers with support for multiple platforms and popular protocols like FTP/S, SFTP, HTTP/S, and AS2.

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Security, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Transferring data securely from medical devices to EMRs
    Cardiac clinic moves closer to going paperless.
  2. Don't roll the dice on data loss
    Implement smart recovery to reduce disaster recovery costs in healthcare.
  3. Medical facilities protect against unauthorized access
    Not just doors, but cabinets, carts, computers, ambulances and parking lots can be secured using the latest centralized access control systems that run off your existing IT network.
  4. Protect patient data from an inside job
    A layered approach, including safeguards against your own privileged users, may be your best bet for data security.
  5. How safe is the cloud?
    All of the pieces are in place to enable secure and compliant cloud-based storage environments.

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