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● Industry Watch MOBILE APPS ‘Superbugs’ app created by Epocrates

Infectious agents beware. Epocrates Bugs + Drugs is a fi rst-of-its-kind, free mobile app for clinicians that combines cloud-based clini- cal data with a user-friendly mobile interface to pinpoint local bacterial “superbugs” and help physicians choose appropriate drug treatments. T e iOS 7 app provides up-to-date geolocated information about bacteria types and resistance patterns, while simultaneously supporting appropriate antibiotic prescribing. It is the fi rst jointly re- leased product from athenahealth and Epocrates. Traditionally, hospitals have tracked resistance

trends via inpatients. Bugs + Drugs goes beyond the hospital setting, transforming lab results from athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR database of 15 million patients into geotargeted data to help

INFOGRAPHIC The value of EMRs T

CDW Healthcare takes a look at how electronic medical records are increasingly impacting patients in a positive way and helping them take an active role in their own healthcare.

physicians identify common and uncommon bugs in the communities where their patients live. Clinicians can then access critical resistance information to formulate the best treatment plan. “T is app is a perfect example of pairing athena-

health’s big data with Epocrates’ mobile expertise to better equip caregivers to make confi dent and effi cient decisions in the moments of care,” says Dr. Anne Meneghetti, executive director of medical in- formation at Epocrates, an athenahealth company. “It’s one step closer to personalized medicine.” Epocrates has reported more than 100,000

downloads in the fi rst month of this app’s release. Bugs + Drugs is available in the iTunes App Store http://bit.ly/18uyL3n. Source: Epocrates

EVENTS DECEMBER

RSNA 2013 – The 99th Scientific Assembly & Annual Meeting

of the Radiological Society of North America, Dec. 1-6, Chicago, is the premier scientific and educational forum in radiology. Learn about the latest trends in radiologic research and attend cutting-edge technical exhibitions with 60,000 colleagues from around the world.

www.rsna.org/Annual_Meeting.aspx FEBRUARY HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition, February 23-27,

Orlando, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Experience thousands of products and services on the HIMSS14 exhibit floor. Don’t miss the Knowledge Centers, Social Media Center and reimagined HIMSS Interoper- ability Showcase. New this year: an Interoperability Simulation Area, interactive Healthy Patient Learning Gallery and an “unconference” Tuesday track where attendees decide the content. Early Bird rate applies before December 10, 2013.

www.himssconference.org MAY

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2014 Annual Meeting, May 15-17, Long Beach, CA, is the only meeting dedicated solely to imaging informatics. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors.

www.siim2014.org JUNE

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute 2014, June 11-13, Seattle, invites you to join thousands of health insurance deci- sion makers to experience the industry’s premier educational event.

www.ahip.org/eventcalendar/ ANI: The 2014 HFMA National Institute, June 22-25, Las

Vegas, presents financial management how-to solutions for pressing challenges like reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles.

www.hfmaconference.org

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HEALTH MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY

www.healthmgttech.com

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