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Administration launches health IT investment initiative
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The Obama administration recently launched a new initiative aimed at spurring health IT innovations and awarded the first $5 million to two projects. The so-called Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative was made possible by the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010, which was signed into law Jan. 4. It uses prizes and challenges to spur research and development and improve U.S. competitiveness. More



EHRs need redesigning to meet mandates, demands
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Today's EHRs mostly focus on automating paper data and processes to electronic data and processes. If EHRs are to serve the needs for upcoming quality improvement requirements and ICD-10 conversion mandates, however, they must be redesigned. In an education session, Dr. Victor Freeman, MPP, with the HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration, discussed how EHRs need to deliver other capabilities, particularly in the area of data mining, to deliver optimal value for clinicians. More

Greater patient access to records proposed
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A proposed federal rule would require hospitals, doctors' offices and health insurers to tell patients of anyone who has accessed their electronic medical records, if requested. Under the rule proposed by HHS, health care-related businesses must list everyone in their firms — from doctors to data-entry clerks — who has accessed a patient's electronic records and when. For example, in 2008, the UCLA Medical Center fired several employees who looked at Britney Spears' medical records without being directly involved in her care. Under the new rule, Spears could see who accessed her records. Other cases where a person might want to know who has seen their electronic records involve identity theft and divorce battles. More

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Health care 'gold rush' spurs jobs, Fortune 50
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The health care sector is in the midst of a "new gold rush," spurring innovation, creating jobs and providing investment opportunities in an otherwise sputtering economy, according to a recent report. That growth — helped by a graying demographic — is seen in new technologies, new companies, new jobs and new markets for both traditional health organizations and new entrants from such industries as technology, telecommunications and retail. More

Online site helps consumers interpret medical tests
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Creators of Lab Tests Online, the noncommercial website that helps consumers better understand and interpret their medical tests, recently announced the site will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year by hosting the site's 100 millionth visitor. The site provides patients with detailed test descriptions, condition descriptions cross-linked by related tests, and articles about testing and test reliability. More

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Federal panel votes to delay Stage 2 meaningful use by a year
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The Health IT Policy Committee, an advisory panel to the federal government, is divided over the start date for Stage 2 meaningful use requirements, recently voting 12-5 to delay Stage 2 by one year — from 2013-2014. Since its inception in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the EHR incentive program has been fraught with controversy over timing, which some claim has been too difficult a hurdle for most health care providers to achieve, despite one extension already granted. More

CMS offers EHR guidance on patient request for data
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CMS has published several new frequently asked questions about meeting certain measures of meaningful use of certified EHRs. CMS has posted to its website more details related to health care providers supplying patients with an electronic copy of their information, the agency said in an announcement June 7. Some patients see multiple physicians in a single practice. More



Health IT saves babies' lives
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Greater use of EMRs to monitor, update and share medical information on newborns can help physicians save babies' lives, a study published in the Journal of Political Economy revealed. A recently published report — Can Health Care Information Technology Save Babies? — found that a 10 percent increase in hospital use of basic EMRs would save 16 babies for every 100,000 live births. A complete national transition to EMRs could save as many as 6,400 infants each year in the U.S. More

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Parents won't pay uninsured adult kids' health care
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Now that health reform says uninsured adult kids can stay on their parents' health care plans for a couple of more years, guess what? Moms and dads are saying not on my dime. A new survey of parents shows the new benefit may not be as popular with parents as hoped. This could be a big problem for college graduates who face a brutal job market that severely hampers their chance of finding a full-time job with health insurance. More



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Health 2.0 tests innovators in Medicare claims challenge
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Two research organizations are preparing data released by CMS to make it more accessible for health and policy researchers and data entrepreneurs to use and manipulate to build online applications. But first, the two CMS vendors IMPAQ International, a research and consulting service provider, and NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago, seek developers to help them create an online tool so researchers and innovators can present multiple Medicare files in a more informative, interactive and easy to use method. More
 


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