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January 3, 2014

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Hospital patients can track care with bedside tablet computer

White Sulphur Springs hospital says company never installed health records system

7 recently announced ACOs

If you own an iPhone and a Windows PC, you need to download Microsoft's newest app


Hospital patients can track care with bedside tablet computer

Jeff Keaser has been at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital for about three weeks, since he learned he has leukemia and needed inpatient chemotherapy right away.

The 49-year-old from Troy said he’s grateful for the care he’s received, including the availability of a tablet computer that connects him to his medical records and helps teach Keaser and his family about his disease and treatment.

The tablets are in use in a cancer unit and a heart unit as part of a pilot project at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

They include information about the patient’s diagnosis, lab results, medications and treatment team and allow patients to communicate electronically with doctors and nurses. The concept, called MyChart, already is in use by more than 75,000 Ohio State patients seen on an outpatient basis, but this is the first effort to give patients access to their electronic medical records in the hospital.

In Keaser’s case, the tablet has been helping him track important changes in his health, including his blood counts. And he used it to get help from a dietitian when he was unsure how best to increase protein in his diet.

Keaser said he also uses it to record reminders of things he wants to tell his family or ask his medical team.

Read the full Columbus Dispatch article here

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White Sulphur Springs hospital says company never installed health records system

White Sulphur Springs’ hospital, the Mountainview Medical Center, is suing a health record system company, saying it didn’t install $441,000 in electronic equipment as promised.

In documents filed in U.S. District Court last week, attorneys for the hospital say that on Sept. 28, 2012, the hospital contracted with NextGen Healthcare Information Systems of Texas to install a certified health record system by June 1, 2013. These types of systems are mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

“The system to be installed was to be one which would permit MVMC to demonstrate ‘meaningful use’ of such electronic health records through all stages of applicable federal regulations,” according to the lawsuit.

When NextGen failed to meet the deadline, the hospital agreed to give it until Oct. 1. However, on Sept. 10, the medical center allegedly learned that NextGen didn’t have a system that complied with federal standards.

“At no time on or before October 1, 2013, did NextGen appear, attempt to install and make operational a certified electronic health record system at MVMC,” the lawsuit states, adding that the medical center spent “in excess” of $441,000 to facilitate NextGen’s installation of the system.

Read the full Independent Article here

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7 recently announced ACOs

The 123 newly named members of the Medicare Shared Savings Program are not the only accountable care organizations recently announced. Since the middle of November, commercial insurers and providers partnered to form the following seven ACOs or value-based care delivery arrangements.

They are listed below, beginning with those most recently covered by Becker's Hospital Review.

  1. UnitedHealthcare announced an ACO with Primary Physician Partners and South Metro Primary Care in Denver, two practices managed by Primary Health Partners.
  2. Arizona Care Network, a collaboration between San Francisco-based Dignity Health and Phoenix-based Abrazo Health, formed an ACO with payer Aetna.
  3. UnitedHealthcare and University Hospitals in Cleveland will launch an ACO Feb. 1.
  4. Health insure Humana partnered with Spartanburg, S.C.-based Regional HealthPlus, a network of three hospitals, four ambulatory surgery centers and other care providers, to announce an ACO partnership.

Read the full Becker’s Hospital Review article here

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If you own an iPhone and a Windows PC, you need to download Microsoft's newest app

SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service, has a new app for iPhone that will automatically upload photos stored in your camera roll to your account.

Users of competing services like Dropbox and Google Drive should already be familiar with this concept. Whenever you open SkyDrive for iPhone, the app automatically detects new photos in your camera roll and uploads them to your online storage account.

It's nothing new or revolutionary, but it is useful for iPhone owners who happen to use Windows PCs and other Microsoft products like the Xbox. In fact, Microsoft's new Xbox One integrates with SkyDrive, so you can now view photos uploaded from your iPhone in a pretty slide show format on your big screen TV. All you have to do is log in with your Microsoft account.

Read the full Business Insider article here

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