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ONC details EHR headway July 01, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
ONC details EHR headway in report to Congress
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.
AMA updates pain management June 28, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
In its latest effort to dull aches of all kinds, the American Medical Association has released a freshly minted pain management education program primed to aid physicians with up-to-date information regarding the assessment and management of pain.
Sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds June 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Global sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds
The International Internet Week of Action, a global cooperative effort to combat the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medical products, concluded June 25 with measures taken against more than 9,600 websites, according to an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many of those sites, falsely claiming to be Canadian pharmacies, appeared to be operating as a part of an organized criminal network.
Quality best when patients at center June 27, 2013 | Anthony Brino - Contributing Writer
Health reform’s connected goals of improved quality and increased efficiency are facing some roadblocks in the actual reporting of quality measures, the CEO of the National Quality Forum told the Senate Finance Committee on June 26.
Policy exempts American Indians June 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Policy exempts American Indians and Alaska Natives from shared responsibility payment
Prior to development of the final rule, only a portion of the American Indian and Alaska Native population - members of federally recognized tribes - would have access to an exemption from the requirement to maintain minimum essential coverage under the law.
Senators examine EHR effectiveness June 27, 2013 | Erin McCann - Contributing Writer
Senators examine EHR effectiveness
Electronic health record systems can play a positive role in driving quality outcomes, but the technology still misses the mark in some regards, according to testimony from four industry officials on June 26 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.
New Physician Compare site debuts June 27, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Redesigned Physician Compare site debuts
New information provided on government portal includes specialties offered, EHR capability, board certification and hospital affiliation.
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped June 26, 2013 | MedAxiom
MU not quite as meaningful as hoped
According to Mike Mytych, president and founder of Health Information Consulting, it has been harder than expected for practices to adapt their workflows to meet meaningful use criteria. Nonetheless, the medical industry has made substantial steps toward universal adoption of EHRs.

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Physicians advised not to 'friend' patients April 12, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Physicians advised not to 'friend' patients
The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards want doctors to "pause before posting" when it comes to their social media activities. A new policy paper from the two organizations advises physicians on how to protect patient interests - and themselves - while applying principles of professionalism to online settings. Read on for further recommendations from the paper.
How to disrupt desk distress April 11, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Campaign seeks to disrupt desk distress for ailing workers, patients
The sedentary nature of office work has osteopathic physicians worried, especially given recent research which pegs two out of three desk-bound Americans with frequent physical pain due to their positioning.
Starting from scratch: Choosing an EMR April 09, 2013 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
Mike Jordan, MD
When Mike Jordan, MD, started his pediatric practice in 2004, it made no sense to work with paper records. With the help of a consultant, he carefully selected an EMR that has remained a practice constant to this day.
HIPAA questions answered on CMS site April 08, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
HIPAA questions thinker
Following the process established for the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servcies (CMS) announced on April 8 that frequently asked questions (FAQs) and corresponding answers regarding HIPAA Administrative Simplification are now available on the CMS website.
Selecting EHR Incentive menu objectives April 05, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 4 issued guidance to eligible professionals on how they should select menu objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs. CMS' instructions include information for 2014 and Stage 2 meaningful use requirements.
Health IT ready to assist ACOs in 5 areas March 29, 2013 | Benjamin Harris - New Media Producer
Leveraging health IT to streamline and improve communications among parties in an accountable care organization will not only make it easier for all involved, but could be a crucial element to staying afloat and delivering the best possible levels of care. Steve Bethke, vice president of product management at Lumeris, an ACO that helps EHR vendors and insurance companies develop solutions for their industry, cited five areas in which health IT will help ACOs keep pace with new and emerging demands.
CMS adds new entries to EHR FAQs March 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The agency responsible for overseeing the EHR Incentive Programs has added new information to its FAQ database. Read on to view the new and updated FAQs. Click through on the provided links to view the answers.
Study: AICR recommendations have merit March 26, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
According to the report, those who followed the below listed AICR/ World Cancer Research Fund regimen for cancer prevention decreased their risk of dying from all diseases — including cancer, circulatory disease and respiratory disease — by 34 percent when compared to those who did not partake in the advice.

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PHR provider connects with medical practice network March 26, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
Physicians who participate in a new program will no longer find it necessary to charge patients for the costs associated with providing patients copies of their personal health information.
Doctors urged to hang on for more useful EHRs March 20, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
It's not a stretch to assume that EHR technology will continue to evolve. However, assurance of a "better" future may not be much consolation to providers who are wondering when, if ever, they're going to see a return on their substantial investment.
Getting engaged March 19, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Asking medical records to engage patients is like asking a dictionary to tell a story.
mHealth hearings scheduled for this week March 18, 2013 | Tom Martin - Manager, mHIMSS
Three days of testimony will focus on smartphones, tablets and mobile apps.
To care or to document, that is the question March 15, 2013 | Jeff Rowe - Contributing Writer
What is the primary purpose of an EHR, and how, accordingly, should it be structured?
Trickle-up economics March 12, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
Specialists benefit from reducing their overhead while getting guaranteed payment, I benefit by increasing the value of my type of practice even more to my patients, and the patient benefits by getting cheaper care.
The next time you're sitting across from a patient who needs a nudge when it comes to physical activity, consider scrolling through a few mobile apps together. Most are free or available at nominal cost. Chances are you'll find one or two that may help the patient get a sense of what's possible in working toward better health.
Death of an evangelist March 01, 2013 | Rob Lamberts, MD
I still look to use technology to make my care better; it just won’t include EMRs in the form they are now.

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AMD announces AGNES 3.0 telemedicine portal May 03, 2012 | Industry Release
AMD Global Telemedicne Inc, (AMD) announces AGNES 3.0 a product that is expected to change the delivery of healthcare. AGNES™ 3.0 builds on the well accepted version 2.0 and brings telemedicine to the next level of utility, functionality and cost control never before seen in telemedicine.
Downtime is inevitable since no system is perfect and unforeseen or unexpected scenarios do occur. What makes a service top-of-the-line is its ability to bounce back from major service interruptions in as little time as possible with as little loss of data, productivity or assets/resources as possible. 

Quest Diagnostics , a leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, announced it has begun an effort to assign a unique Patient Identifier – a secure 16 digit identification number – to every Quest Diagnostics patient.  In what is believed to be the largest effort of its kind in the area of assigning health IDs, the company has assigned unique identifiers to approximately 80 million Quest Diagnostics patients to date.
MDLive and FONEMED announced at the opening of the American Telemedicine Association Annual Meeting that they have completed the last step in making the virtual medical office a reality with their alliance. The medical clinic of the future provides access to physicians, nurses and technology on an integrated telemedicine platform. This alliance offers a continent-wide network of Board Certified Physicians, Registered Nurses and licensed therapists that provide 24/7 medical attention to patients by simulating in-person consultations via real-time secure wireless communications, video and web. The HIPAA compliant technology system allows for assessment, advice, diagnosis and treatment on a wide range of conditions regardless of geographical location.
American Well™ today announced the availability of its Online Care Suite 6.0 (Online Care 6.0), the most comprehensive telehealth infrastructure on the market today.Online Care 6.0 provides organizations such as health plans, delivery networks and retail pharmacies with a convenient, all-in-one telehealth platform that connects consumers and healthcare providers for immediate online visits anywhere, anytime. Key advancements include the introduction of mobile access via smartphone and tablet apps, along with a true consumer-centric experience and the ability to exchange vital data directly with electronic health records and key medical devices. Taken together, these capabilities set a new industry standard for the scope, quality and convenience of care that can be delivered through telehealth.
SentiCare, Inc., provider of medication and hospital discharge adherence services, will be showcasing its new FDA approved PillStation, a revolutionary new Telehealth System designed to reduce re-hospitalization, doctor visits and home health care visits, April 29 – May 1 at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) 2012 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in CA (Booth #345).  PillStation uses digital pill tray images and a remote monitoring center to provide customized medication reminders to help patients manage complicated medication regiments.
LifeMed ID, a “Health Security Smart Card” software company providing patient identity management solutions and medical record connectivity across entire provider systems and disparate groups, has deployed its SecureReg™ software at Resolute Health in New Braunfels, Texas. The Resolute Health BeneFIT card will be issued at the Resolute Health Center for Wellbeing and the Resolute Health Family Urgent Care Center.

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