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NY formalizes statewide network for health records

NY formalizes statewide network for health records | #HITsm | Scoop.it

From Government Health IT: The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health announced Wednesday that three regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and three health information exchange (HIE) vendors will participate in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), which officials say will function much like a public utility.


The collaboration represents a significant step, officials say, formalizing the creation of a single, unified statewide network for healthcare records. The SHIN-NY is coordinated by NYeC and will unify existing state HIE initiatives – such as within hospital systems and local RHIOs – making electronic health records secure and accessible to healthcare providers statewide.

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Finding a New Doctor When You Move - And How Social Media Can Help

Finding a New Doctor When You Move - And How Social Media Can Help | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Moving to a new area requires choosing a new doctor. Here are the best tools, including social media, to find your next physician.

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ONC ponders voluntary, certified health information exchange

ONC ponders voluntary, certified health information exchange | #HITsm | Scoop.it

A new trusted health information exchange certification program is underway in ONC advisory committees. This article in Search Health IT provides some details.


Key portion from the article:


Mostashari said this certification process, on a micro level, would simplify HIE between two parties that otherwise didn't know each other. On the macro level, it's a push to facilitate HIE during later stages of meaningful use adoption, the same way stage 1 pushed EHR systems into physician offices and hospitals.


"What this is all about is that -- at the end of the day -- electronic health information exchange just works," Mostashari said. "It shouldn't require long negotiations, it shouldn't require an army of lawyers…to be able to have health care providers exchange information with each other. They shouldn't have to think about it."

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House approves FDA bill, medical devices to see new regs

House approves FDA bill, medical devices to see new regs | #HITsm | Scoop.it

From mHIMSS: Two of the bill’s highlights:

  • Reauthorizes part of the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act of 2007, which will provide grants to non-profits groups promoting pediatric medical device development.
  • Approves a five-year price tag of an estimated $6.4 billion in user fees, with $609 million of the pot coming from medical device user fees companies will pay to the FDA; the fees will be used to improve and extradite the medical device review process, so they can be available to patients sooner.
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Four Recurring Themes from 2012 International MUSE Conference

Four Recurring Themes from 2012 International MUSE Conference | #HITsm | Scoop.it

In this new GENi Blog post, Rob Brull shares his observations from last week's MUSE conference in Orlando. His four key takeaways are:

  1. Patient portal demands for MU Stage 2 are unrealistic
  2. Electronic transmittal of summary of care record might not be applicable
  3. Physician governance and support is key to CPOE
  4. HIE connectivity growing, although push-based


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Seriously: Is Digital Health The Answer To Tech Bubble Angst? - Forbes

Seriously: Is Digital Health The Answer To Tech Bubble Angst? - Forbes | #HITsm | Scoop.it
For investors concerned about a tech bubble, digitial health -- serious digital health -- could be just what the doctor ordered.

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Obamacare May Be Helping Improve Insurers' Notoriously Poor Customer Service

Obamacare May Be Helping Improve Insurers' Notoriously Poor Customer Service | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Forbes: Though the health care overhaul faces an uncertain fate next month before the U.S. Supreme Court, preparations for the massive rollout of its medical care coverage might already be leaving a legacy of improved customer service.


The health insurance industry, often at or near the bottom of a consumer’s customer service experience when compared to other industries, is paying more attention and spending more money on improving how health plans interface with patients on the other end of the telephone, a web site or, lately, though an app.

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X-rays and iPads: The network healthcare evolution

X-rays and iPads: The network healthcare evolution | #HITsm | Scoop.it

This Ars Technica article describes how cloud-based technology is changing the nature of healthcare— albeit slowly.

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Mobile: The health-care fix we’ve been waiting for?

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The Washington Post: It is projected that there will be more than 10 billion mobile devices in use around the world by 2016, and a new report from Brookings Institution’s Darrell West outlines just how powerful mobile devices could be in the battle to bring down health care costs while simultaneously improving and expanding care.


The report, published Tuesday and titled “How Mobile Devices are Transforming Healthcare,” outlines some of the latest findings in the mobile health, or “mHealth,” market, including improvements to remote monitoring technologies, which Brookings’ Robert Litan projects could save as much as $197 billion over the next 25 years in the U.S. alone.

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Oregon activates Direct exchange services

Government Health IT: Oregon healthcare providers can now register for Direct secure messaging services through CareAccord, the state’s health information exchange.


Direct is the first set of exchange services to become available to Oregon providers with more underway.
Direct one-to-one exchanges will offer an alternative to faxing and mailing paper medical records by sending encrypted health information to known, trusted recipients over the Internet.

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How Doctors and Patients Do Harm

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Just how broken is the United States health care system? Dr. Otis Brawley, CMO for the American Cancer Society answers a Q&A about his intriguing new book.


Excerpt:


Q: What prompted you to write this book?


A. I started looking at my career, listening to the discussions going on about health care reform and health care costs being exorbitant. A lot of people didn’t seem to realize that in a lot of the discussion, we’re talking about human beings who are suffering because of lack of health care, and sometimes we’re suffering because of overuse of health. People are so focused on fears about rationing of health care. The talk should not be about rationing health care but about rational health care. So much of what we do in health care is irrational.

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Social Medicine is the Next Big Thing After Social Media

Social Medicine is the Next Big Thing After Social Media | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Forbes: You want a vision for the future of health care? Don’t look to policymakers and regulators. Look to innovators and innovations. Look to San Diego’s wireless mesas and San Francisco’s silicon valleys. Look at Scanadu’s protean medical Tricorder. They get it, and it’s awesome.

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New generation of medical implants vulnerable to hackers

New generation of medical implants vulnerable to hackers | #HITsm | Scoop.it

WTOP, adding to the security fear: Pacemakers, brain implants, insulin pumps and other medically implanted and external devices with wireless interfaces are vulnerable to cyber-attacks by hackers.

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8 Health Information Exchanges Lead The Way

8 Health Information Exchanges Lead The Way | #HITsm | Scoop.it

InformationWeek takes a look at some of the most-connected HIEs currently in operation. 



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A walking gallery that tells medical stories

A walking gallery that tells medical stories | #HITsm | Scoop.it

"Little Miss A-Type Personality."

 

That was the name the doctor called Regina Holliday after her multiple attempts to secure medical records for her husband who was bedridden from kidney cancer.

 

Five hospital transfers and two months later, he was dead.

 

At 39.

 

Three years later, she is finding what was once a destructive label to be quite curative. So much so that she painted a large “A” on a red blazer that she wears as she travels the country speaking about patients’ rights.

 

“I took this negative thing and flipped it to be a positive, and so I’m going to go out there and tell my story so other patients don’t have to suffer like I did,” said Holliday, a former art teacher.

 

Now she paints dozens of other stories about medical errors and patient challenges in what she calls a “Walking Gallery,” recently held at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Northeast Washington.


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New York RHIOs and HIEs team up to create 'model for the rest of the nation'

New York RHIOs and HIEs team up to create 'model for the rest of the nation' | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Healthcare IT News: The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the New York State Department of Health announced Wednesday that three regional health information organizations (RHIOs) and three health information exchange (HIE)vendors will participate in the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), which officials say will function much like a public utility.


The RHIOs – Brooklyn Health Information Exchange, e-Health Network of Long Island and THINC – and HIE vendors (HealthUnity, IBM and InterSystems) have signed on with NYeC to facilitate information exchange across New York's downstate region, which comprises New York City's five boroughs, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, with a combined population of 13 million.

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Health IT spending flying high, survey says

Health IT spending flying high, survey says | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Healthcare IT News: Healthcare IT spending hasn’t shown signs of slowing down anytime soon. In fact, a Black Book HIE survey released today projects that industry spending will triple by 2014.


Despite these projections, the majority of U.S. hospitals (80 percent) and physicians (97 percent) remain disconnected from HIE technology. The survey’s numbers suggest, however, that the tides are indeed changing. Although only one in 15 provider organizations indicated they are developing strategies to advance them towards HIEs, industry tech executives sang a different tune, with 84 percent saying they are actively taking measures to move towards HIE adoption.

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EHR certification lacking usability factor, doctors say

EHR certification lacking usability factor, doctors say | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Organized medicine groups express concern that certified products will become obsolete as the meaningful use incentive program evolves.
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The HL7 Evolution: Comparing HL7 versions 2 and 3

This article provides a background on HL7 and highlights the key differences between HL7 V3 and V2. Including: Who uses HL7? Why was HL7 created?
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MiHIN Establishes HIE in Michigan

MiHIN Establishes HIE in Michigan | #HITsm | Scoop.it

From EHRintelligence.com. The story behind, the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN), which went live earlier this month. 

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Big News! Hospitals and Insurers Join to Cut Health Care Costs

Big News! Hospitals and Insurers Join to Cut Health Care Costs | #HITsm | Scoop.it
Insurers, hospitals and doctors say they are forming partnerships and creating programs to find ways to slow the growth in the nation’s $2.7 trillion health care bill.
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What a Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Can Teach Us About Obamacare

What a Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Can Teach Us About Obamacare | #HITsm | Scoop.it

The Atlantic: Ronald Coase's example of farmers and ranchers shows that the insurance mandate is about responsibility, not liberty. Framing the issue in terms of individual liberty is deeply misleading. When the uninsured get sick and go to the emergency room for care they cannot afford, someone has to pay the costs. If the law gives the uninsured the right not to buy health insurance, then the costs for their emergency care are imposed on the insured, whose payments must cover the hospital's costs. If the law instead requires the uninsured to buy health insurance, they become personally responsible for the cost of the care they receive.

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Must Watch: Otis Brawley at Health Journalism 2012

Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer, American Cancer Society, was the keynote speaker at Health Journalism 2012, the annual conference o...
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The Conundrum of High-Cost Care

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In The Cost of Hope, Amanda Bennett weaves a memoir of a volatile but loving marriage with the tale of a journey through the cancer-treatment system.


"The Cost of Hope" raises more questions than it answers about the inner workings of insurance and hospital charges. But it illuminates the conundrum Americans face over the high cost of care—the fact that we will do almost anything to keep our loved ones alive because we can't bear to let them go.

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Measures: Top 10 HHS IT projects in Obama's 2013 budget

Measures: Top 10 HHS IT projects in Obama's 2013 budget | #HITsm | Scoop.it

Government Health IT: President Obama's IT budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) totals $7.1 billion for fiscal year 2013, marking a 3 percent increase from FY12.


The IT budget request covers a variety of business functions and plays a pivotal role in supporting the Department’s overall mission to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.


View the article at the link for the highlights.

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