HDM Top Stories

Mobile Tool to Provide Early Warning of Declining Health

The University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care is co-developing technology to predict declining health status in acute and critically ill patients and to alert appropriate clinicians via smartphones.

API Offers Ability to Target Ebola with EHR App

A $15 million project, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to define an application programming interface for electronic health records, could turn EHRs into effective public health tools at the point of care in fighting Ebola.

Walgreens, Henry Ford Health Contest Seeks Engagement Apps

Henry Ford Health System Innovations is supporting the Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge to find new mobile applications that encourage healthy behavior and improve disease management.

ACO Accreditation Program Looking for Stakeholder Comment

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, which certifies entities that process transactions or exchange health information for meeting best practices, has released for public comment draft criteria for a new accountable care organization accreditation program expected to be formally launched in early 2015.

Kaiser Group Launches 'Medical Selfies'

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has launched a new virtual feature available on KP.org, its integrated member resource website. Through a secured email server, patients can now send digital images to their physicians, including pictures of rashes, wounds or other injuries.

Text Campaign Reduces Measles Vectors

A recent text-based campaign at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to identify unvaccinated children led to an increase in vaccinations and no instances of healthcare-associated measles.

Epic Defends Integrity of EHR System at Texas Hospital

Carl Dvorak, president of Epic Systems Corporation, is standing behind his companyís electronic health records system installed in the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Leveraging Three Tiers of Health Data

Terry Fouts, M.D., chief medical officer of Emeryville, Calif.-based analytics vendor MedeAnalytics, talks with Health Data Management about the current state of analytics, including the integration of data from outside the clinical domain.

EHR Vendors See Heightened Role in Ebola Fight

Health Data Management spoke with a broad mix of electronic health vendors to understand the benefits and potential pitfalls of leveraging EHRs for screening suspected Ebola patients.

FDA Network, Systems Vulnerable to Data Breaches

While an external penetration test of the Food and Drug Administration's computer network and information systems by the Department of Health and Human Servicesí Office of Inspector General did not result in unauthorized access, an IG audit did identify a number of cybersecurity vulnerabilities that could put FDA data at risk.

Nurses Not Included in Hospital EHR Planning

Nurses are being left behind when it comes to planning and implementing electronic health records. Thatís a core finding in the third quarter 2014 Black Book EHR Loyalty survey being published later this month.

Ebola Crisis May Surpass Traditional Tracking Capabilities

With the Ebola outbreak spreading and no end to the epidemic in sight, Jeffrey Shaman, associate professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, has been extremely busy in recent weeks.

Algorithm Reduces Neo-Natal ICU Misidentification

Researchers at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have developed a method to reduce misidentification of patients in a neo-natal intensive care unit.

Are You Ready for New HIPAA Audits?

Americaís patient privacy law, the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, has been anything but static. Regulators have pushed to keep it current and to draft forward-looking rules. This fall is no different.

Medicare Processor Buys into Ambulatory Market

Minneapolis-based ABILITY Network, a major Medicare transactions processing vendor, will acquire claims clearinghouse MD On-Line for an undisclosed sum.

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