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More Study Needed to Prove Telehealth's Worth
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

A shortage of intensivists, specialists, and physicians willing to take call is driving the growth of telehealth. So are advances in technology. But there's that lingering lack of concrete evidence that remote care is significantly better than care delivered in person. [Read More]
 
April 12, 2011  
 
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HHS Unveils ACO Rules Proposal
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ONC Names Mostashari National Coordinator for HIT
Farzad Mostashari, MD, will replace David Blumenthal, MD, as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Office of the National Coordinator has announced. The appointment is effective immediately. [Read More]

RACs Intro 'Semi-Automated' Claims Reviews
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Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
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Tech Headlines
EMRs poised to cut costs, improve patient care
Chicago Tribune, April 12, 2011

Richmond VA hospital opens data exchange with MedVirginia
Government Health IT, April 12, 2011

Mostashari recent comments offer snapshot of ONC leadership
Government Health IT, April 11, 2011

Frustration flares in ONC's MU workgroup debate
InformationWeek, April 8, 2011

Senators push to open Medicare database
The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2011

Hazards: For children in ER, a big increase in CT scans
The New York Times, April 8, 2011

Five innovative healthcare systems to share patient data nationwide
Government Health IT, April 7, 2011

Healthcare data security in transition
InformationWeek, April 7, 2011
 
 
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