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January 15, 2013 / Issue 3

In this issue:

Turning CIOs into chief interoperability officers

In second look, few savings from digital health records

Wal-Mart plans to offer primary care in 5-7 years

Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

FCC chairman announces up to $400 million Healthcare Connect fund

One size does not fit all: AMA comments on meaningful-use Stage 3 EHR program

More than 100 doctors, hospitals partner to coordinate care for people with Medicare

FDA gives green light to remote monitoring in clinical trial

Not too early to plan for health taxes, H&R Block says

For nursing jobs, new grads need not apply

New autism-related gene variants discovered

Twitter may help those trying to lose weight

Most popular last issue: Bargain over fiscal cliff brings changes to healthcare

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)


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Feature Article: EHR Interoperability

Turning CIOs into chief interoperability officers

New survey stresses the need for health IT collaboration.

By Tee Green, Greenway Medical Technologies

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Navigate the Change in Healthcare

Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Five Strategies for Success

6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

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EHRs

In second look, few savings from digital health records

The conversion to electronic health records has failed so far to produce the hoped-for savings in healthcare costs and has had mixed results, at best, in improving efficiency and patient care, according to a new analysis by the influential RAND Corporation.

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Doctors

Wal-Mart plans to offer primary care in 5-7 years

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to offer “full primary care services” in five to seven years, a company vice president said Jan. 11 at a health conference in Orlando.

Read the Orlando Business Journal article. >

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Workplace Policy

Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.

Read the AP article. >

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Telemedicine

FCC chairman announces up to $400 million Healthcare Connect fund

Beginning in 2013, the FCC’s new Healthcare Connect Fund aims to spur the development of broadband networks to support modern telemedicine, which will link urban medical centers to rural clinics or provide instant access to health records.

Read the FCC article. >

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Meaningful Use

One size does not fit all: AMA comments on meaningful-use Stage 3 EHR program

On Jan. 14, the American Medical Association (AMA) outlined its top five concerns and recommendations to the ONC on the Health IT Policy Committee’s proposal for Stage 3 of the Medicare/Medicaid meaningful-use electronic health record (EHR) program requirements.

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ACOs

More than 100 doctors, hospitals partner to coordinate care for people with Medicare

Doctors and healthcare providers have formed 106 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicare, ensuring as many as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries now have access to high-quality, coordinated care across the United States.

Read the CMS article. >

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Telemedicine

FDA gives green light to remote monitoring in clinical trial

The Federal Drug Administration has approved a clinical drug trial that is unique for two reasons. It used crowdsourcing, including physicians, for the design of the trial. And it’s using telemonitoring to track patient data.

Read the American Medical News article. >

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Healthcare Law

Not too early to plan for health taxes, H&R Block says

Even if you owe Affordable Care Act taxes, you probably won’t have to start paying them until next year. But H&R Block wants you to come in and talk about them now.

Read the KHN article. >

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Employment

For nursing jobs, new grads need not apply

Since the recession, healthcare has been the single biggest sector for job growth, but that doesn't mean it's easy to get hired.

Read the CNN article. >

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Research

New autism-related gene variants discovered

Genetics researchers have identified 25 additional copy number variations (CNVs) – missing or duplicated stretches of DNA – that occur in some patients with autism. These CNVs are "high impact": although individually rare, each has a strong effect in raising an individual's risk for autism.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Personal Health

Twitter may help those trying to lose weight

A six-month study of 96 overweight and obese people found that their use of the popular online social networking service as part of a weight-loss program improved their chances of shedding excess pounds.

Read the MSN article. >

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Most popular last issue: Washington Report

Bargain over fiscal cliff brings changes to healthcare

The bill that prevented the nation from plunging over the fiscal cliff did more than just stop income tax increases and delay across-the-board spending cuts. It also included several provisions that tweaked Medicare and brought bigger changes to other healthcare programs.

Read the NPR article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. HIEs: Beyond controversy
  2. What private organizations should know when building HIEs
  3. 5 lessons learned: How to build a successful and sustainable HIE
  4. Hometown heroes: Small-town Doylestown Hospital earns distinction for implementing a successful HIE
  5. Why your lab needs an HIE

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