HDM Top Stories

FDA Releases Device Adverse Event API

Under its openFDA project, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a new application programming interface that returns data from its Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE), an FDA dataset that contains medical device adverse event reports.

West Virginia DOH Launches Real-Time WIC App

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services have launched the EBTShopper free mobile phone app for state residents enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children nutrition program.

Baylor Medical School Links with Houston HIE

Baylor College of Medicine has joined Greater Houston Healthconnect, the regional health information exchange for the Houston area.

HIE Supporting Tobacco Cessation Program in Texas

A physician referring a patient to smoking cessation services more than doubles the chances that the patient will seek help. But results are much better when a physician electronically refers a patient.

CHS Starts Notification Process Following Huge Breach

Hospital chain Community Health Systems, which suffered a massive breach of protected health information, on August 20 will formally notify the HHS Office for Civil Rights and media outlets and begin the patient notification process, as well as post notices on its websites, a spokesperson tells Health Data Management.

Hospitals, Physician Offices Remain on Fence Regarding Telemedicine

Nearly 50 percent of physician offices and almost 60 percent of hospitals responding to a survey from HIMSS Analytics indicate they are unsure if their organizations plan to implement a telemedicine solution within the next 24 months.

Health Centers Incorporate Patient Work Information into EHRs

Health centers are using EHRs to capture and use patient work information, an important determinant of health that enables clinical decision support functions to assist providers.

AMA: Extend Deadline for Docs to Review Sunshine Act Database

Although the Open Payments system is once again available online for physicians to review financial payment information received from pharmaceutical and device manufacturers under the Sunshine Act, the American Medical Association is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide doctors with more time to challenge records in the database that they deem inaccurate.

Making 'Other’ Patient Data Count in Minneapolis

Collecting enough contextual data well beyond the walls of a hospital or doctor's office is critical for achieving better health outcomes for patients that live at or below the poverty level, are homeless, and are wondering where their next meal will come from.

Huge Hacking Breach at Community Health Systems

Community Health Systems, which owns, manages or leases 206 hospitals in 29 states, has been hacked with protected health information covering 4.5 million patients compromised.

HDM Accepting Nominations for Women in Healthcare IT Awards

Health Data Management is now accepting nominations for its new Women in Healthcare IT recognition program.

Hospital-Run ACOs Do Not Work, Says Physician

The Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization has reported $22 million in savings in its first year, and member doctors received total returns of $11 million—success that the ACO attributes to the fact that it is physician-owned and physician-run.

Data Shows EHRs Improve Mortality Rates

In what HIMSS Analytics is calling the “most extensive analysis to date” of the clinical effectiveness of electronic health records, the organization has released the results of a new study which finds significant improvement in hospital performance and mortality rates among those with advanced EHR capabilities.

New Services from ZirMed, MedAssets and Allscripts

Latest vendor announcements on solutions range from analytics software to electronic health records.

California DOH Launches Open Data Portal

The California Department of Public Health has launched its Open Data Portal, enabling researchers, clinicians, software developers and the general public to access and manipulate publicly available de-identified data.

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