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March 6, 2013 / Issue 11

In this issue:

athenahealth issues HIT industry ‘code of conduct’

Big Data done cheap

Big Data: Creating 'one source of truth'

HL7 announces plans for freely available IP and future membership model

Waterproof phones and tablets make a splash

Health IT adoption by U.S. hospitals

Hospital IT accomplishments honored by CareTech Solutions at HIMSS13

HIMSS13: Be there even if you can’t be there

New products and solutions from the show

View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

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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athenahealth issues HIT industry ‘code of conduct’

athenahealth has proposed a health information technology (HIT) “code of conduct” that calls upon the health information industry, particularly electronic health record (EHR) vendors, to abide by five principles related to data portability, patient safety, provider freedom of choice and meaningful use.

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Big Data done cheap

Violin Memory is an eight-year-old company that makes large-scale data storage systems for computer centers. Its boxes fetch information uncommonly quickly. Now, the company is going down-market, with data storage cards for individual computer servers. These data cards create powerful machines that can perform sophisticated work at less than one-tenth the current cost of storage. If the cards work, ordinary servers costing a few thousand dollars might be deployed for sophisticated data analysis, genetic research, logistics management or other activities that are currently done on multimillion-dollar racks of computers.

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Big Data: Creating 'one source of truth'

At the 2013 HIMSS Annual Convention & Exhibition, a health system CIO and a clinical strategic consultant defined Big Data as a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using standard database management tools. In healthcare, that difficulty becomes a factor when you consider all the pieces of information about every patient your organization encounters over their lifetimes.

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HL7 announces plans for freely available IP and future membership model

Health Level Seven International (HL7) announced details about its plan to make much of its intellectual property (IP) freely available under licensing terms. The landmark decision represents HL7’s commitment to the betterment of healthcare worldwide by ensuring that all stakeholders have equal access to its HIT standards. The new policy is effective April 1, 2013, and includes all currently published standards, implementation guides and other select IP as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Read the FAQs on this big announcement. >

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Mobile Computing

Waterproof phones and tablets make a splash

A soaked phone or tablet has traditionally meant shelling out for a costly replacement. But new technology has moved beyond waterproof cases and "rugged" cell phones designed to withstand rough conditions.

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Health IT adoption by U.S. hospitals

The Office of the National Coordinator has prepared two new data briefs on health IT adoption by U.S. hospitals. These data briefs use data from the 2012 American Hospital Association Annual Survey Information Technology Supplement to analyze the trends in health IT adoption. The first data brief, "Adoption of Electronic Health Record Systems among U.S. Non-federal Acute Care Hospitals: 2008-2012," describes the growth in adoption of at least basic EHR systems, which has more than tripled since 2009. The second data brief, "Hospital Adoption of Electronic Health Record Technology to Meet Meaningful Use Objectives: 2008-2012," describes the substantial growth in hospitals’ EHR systems’ capability to meet meaningful-use objectives.

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Hospital IT accomplishments honored by CareTech Solutions at HIMSS13

CareTech Solutions, an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 U.S. hospitals, honored 13 health system clients at the annual Rising Star Award program on March 4. The Rising Star Award was established in 2008 to recognize clients who exemplify leadership in using information technology as a strategic advantage for their healthcare organization.

Find out who won. >

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HIMSS13: Be there even if you can’t be there

If you are unable to attend HIMSS13 in person, you can still get in on the action. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for a one-time fee of $39. Participants can gain valuable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare’s most demanding challenges. If you plan to attend the conference in person, add HIMSS13 Online to your registration and gain access to event highlights – during and after the show.

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New products and solutions from the show

What’s happening at HIMSS13 right now? New products and solutions featured at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society show, March 3-7.

More than 250 hospitals use Amcom's smartphone texting application

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) is adding Amcom’s HIPAA-compliant smartphone texting solution to their existing Amcom healthcare communications system. The 270-bed community hospital joins more than 250 other healthcare organizations in adopting Amcom Mobile Connect for its providers.

Anton/Bauer demos nearly 100 percent uptime power solution for mobile workstations

Anton/Bauer’s HotSwap Mobile Power System is a complete package that provides mobile medical workstation users with more freedom, because they no longer need to plug the equipment they are using into a wall outlet to recharge the equipment’s internal battery. HotSwap system batteries can be swapped in and out without having to shut down the equipment being powered. This allows users to continuously use the cart with one charged set of batteries while the other set is recharging.

Elsevier launches evidence-based, collaborative order sets solution

Elsevier’s InOrder is an intuitive, cloud-based order sets solution that enables clinicians to author, review and publish orders in a collaborative environment that quickly translates evidence-based knowledge into better patient care.

TeleTracking unveils real-time capacity management platform

HIMSS13 is the preview site for the newest version of TeleTracking’s Real-Time Capacity Management platform. The just-released Capacity Management Suite system version 3.0 integrates advanced patient flow, business intelligence and real-time locating system (RTLS) technologies to give hospital executives unmatched ability to manage the operations of their enterprise in real time.

Carestream MyVue Patient Portal now available as a cloud service

Carestream’s MyVue patient portal will be available as a cloud service in March 2013. MyVue empowers patients to securely access, manage and share their medical images and radiology reports with healthcare providers. It also positions U.S. healthcare providers to meet Stage 2 meaningful-use requirements.

Enterprise imaging solutions enable comprehensive EMR

Agfa HealthCare is demonstrating the significant clinical advances and IT efficiencies enabled by ICIS, the company’s Imaging Clinical Information System. The system provides access, through the EMR, to create comprehensive, image-enabled medical records. This provides a longitudinal view of the patient's imaging throughout the enterprise, so clinicians have greater insight for the clinical benefit of the patient.

AirStrip launches enterprise-wide mobile interoperability solution

The AirStrip platform is the first enterprise-wide, data- and vendor-agnostic mobility solution to securely deliver patient data from medical devices, EMRs and patient monitors to clinicians anywhere across the care continuum. The platform enables more timely and collaborative clinical decisionmaking, and allows health systems to better track critical quality metrics, empower a mobile workforce, expand their networks and ultimately achieve true clinical transformation.

NextGen Healthcare unveils new population health management solution

NextGen Population Health (PH) helps providers meet patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and accountable care organization (ACO) goals, including improving quality, collaborative care, patient engagement and measurement for better health outcomes. This protocol-based communication solution tightly integrates with the NextGen Ambulatory EHR product platform to aid physicians in enhancing care by ensuring better patient compliance with treatment plans.

Awarepoint's RTLS is featured at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion

Visitors to the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion are interacting with Awarepoint’s complete, integrated real-time locating system (RTLS) for optimizing healthcare workflow. Participants are exploring Awarepoint's approach to improving asset management, patient flow and care team efficiency in the interactive Emergency Room and Surgical Suite, as well as Awarepoint's IH Pavilion kiosk.

Nuance launches Clintegrity 360, a CDI and coding solution

Clintegrity 360 is an enterprise-wide, integrated computer-assisted system powered by clinical language understanding (CLU) that optimizes the clinical documentation, coding and quality reporting processes that are essential for a successful transition to ICD-10, meaningful-use Stage 2 and new value-based payment models.

Aerohive expands cloud networking portfolio with new edge switches

Aerohive Networks’ new SR series switches are designed to centrally manage the mobile device explosion in distributed environments, such as hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities.

VitalWare presents ICD-10 technology alternative to mapping, crosswalks

With Sherpa, VitalWare signals that GEMS and other mapping/crosswalk alternatives are grossly lacking for accurate ICD-10 coding. The Sherpa Ontology Engine (which is a totally new way to present and organize clinical data) integrates into existing EMRs/EHRs and automatically presents all concept categories to a physician to capture the added complexity required by ICD-10 for any condition that needs to be documented.

CECity, HCI3 forge Bridges to Excellence alliance

Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) and announced a strategic alliance designed to scale and accelerate practice-based learning and performance improvement for physicians that participate in Bridges to Excellence, the nation’s leading pay-for-performance program, using CECity's cloud-based MedConcert platform.


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