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June 12, 2012 / Issue 27

In This Issue

Using the right tools to speed up EMR certification

OCR tells patients to use legal right to health data access

Can patient photos help cut medical errors?

Crowd-sourced data aims to predict your future health

Rewarding docs for efficiency reaps savings for insurer

Health law ruling won’t alter plans by insurer

States join to create tools for implementing Affordable Care Act

AARP, Microsoft partner to create member health records

USDA announces $14 million in telehealth and distance-learning projects

Xbox Kinect gaming system technology used in (real) surgery

iPad inspires hand-hygiene prototype

Most popular last issue: Laxative-free colonoscopy on the way?

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


Webinar

Not All ICD-10 Codes are Created Equal

Join Edifecs for a complimentary webinar where you will hear how to solve ICD-10 challenges by identifying high-risk codes that impact revenue and remediating based on frequency, value and complexity. You’ll also learn ways to leverage historical data to balance contract renegotiations, optimize clinical documentation improvement efforts and prioritize training initiatives.

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Featured Article: EMRs

Using the right tools to speed up EMR certification

Wouldn’t it be great if you could discover a smarter way to integrate?

By Eliot Muir, iNTERFACEWARE

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WebCast

Redefining Value and Success in Healthcare: Charting the Path to the Future Webcast

Across the healthcare industry, we are seeing forward-thinking organizations develop new competencies in anticipation of the opportunity that comes with industry-wide transformation. They are positioning themselves for success. And they are defining the future of healthcare. Will your organization be ready?

Register to listen to the session now! >


Information Access

OCR tells patients to use legal right to health data access

The administration’s top enforcer of health information privacy and security has issued an official reminder that patients have a legal right to access their medical records, and they should use it. Patients can also print the single-page memo to take with them when they visit their provider to support their request.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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EHRs

Can patient photos help cut medical errors?

Putting children's photos in their electronic hospital charts could help reduce one type of medical error, a study published last week suggests.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Big Data

Crowd-sourced data aims to predict your future health

Using a new prediction algorithm, a patient's past foretells his medical future.

Read the PopSci article. >

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Primary Care

Rewarding docs for efficiency reaps savings for insurer

Can bonuses of $10,000 or more spur primary care doctors to cut expensive hospital admissions and emergency room visits without harming care?

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Law

Health law ruling won’t alter plans by insurer

The UnitedHealth Group, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, announced Sunday night that it planned to continue offering some of the popular consumer protections required by the federal healthcare law, even if the Supreme Court declares the entire law unconstitutional later this month.

Read the NYT article. >

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Insurance Exchanges

States join to create tools for implementing Affordable Care Act

For 14 months, a bipartisan group of 17 states has been quietly collaborating with the Obama administration to help build a foundation for the healthcare reform law’s success. Together, they have come up with a tool to help consumers navigate the health insurance exchanges — the marketplaces that each state is required to have by 2014.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Health Records

AARP, Microsoft partner to create member health records

AARP announced last week that it is launching AARP Health Record, a security-enhanced online service for its members. The service will enable users to store and edit their personal health information in a central location and share it selectively with caregivers, family members, doctors and other healthcare providers.

Read the AARP announcement. >

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Telehealth

USDA announces $14 million in telehealth and distance-learning projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for 52 distance learning and telemedicine projects that will increase access to healthcare and enhance educational opportunities in 29 states.

Read the USDA announcement. >

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Innovations

Xbox Kinect gaming system technology used in (real) surgery

Doctors in London are trialling "touchless" technology, often used in TV games, to help them carry out delicate keyhole surgery. The system allows them to manipulate images with their voice and hand gestures rather than using a keyboard and mouse.

Read the BBC article. >

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Tech In Development

iPad inspires hand-hygiene prototype

A Maryland doctor has acquired a patent for a system of hand-hygiene sensors modeled after the touch-screen capabilities of the Apple iPad.

Read the eWeek article. >

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Innovations

Most popular last issue: Laxative-free colonoscopy on the way?

Harvard researchers are moving closer to perfecting a totally virtual colonoscopy.

Read the Harvard Health Blog article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use

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

  1. Overcoming today’s PACS/RIS challenges
    An HMT roundup exclusive.
  2. The ICD-10 delay clarified: What it means for you
    Five implications of CMS' proposal to push back compliance to October 2014.
  3. Let the evolution begin
    Meaningful-use Stage 2 criteria signal a maturing of care coordination.
  4. Unstructured data a common hurdle to achieving guidelines
    Healthcare organizations are increasingly looking for solutions to transform paper-based processes into more efficient electronic workflows.

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