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VA Seeking Apps
to Aid the Homeless

The VA wants software developers to create an app that helps service providers find available shelters, meals, and care for homeless veterans in real time, Modern Healthcare reports.

Nursing Information Officers
Are the Newest HIT Leaders

The increase in HIT roles is enabling nursing informatics officers to take the lead, according to InformationWeek.
Ask the Expert
Have a coding or transcription question? Get an expert answer by sending an e-mail to edit@gvpub.com.

This month's selection:
Are any CPT codes available for anatomic pathologists using scanned slides to read rapid interpretation (touch preps/fine needle aspiration) at their desk when the procedure is performed at off-site area such as radiology or a doctor’s office? I cannot locate any even in the Category II or III codes but can easily miss them.

I know CPT codes exist for face-to-face via computer with patients or physicians during consultation. Are these suitable for the pathologist to use? If so, which one(s) would be appropriate?


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Editor's E-Note
After years of being viewed as stodgy and strapped to old ideas, it seems as if the healthcare industry is becoming much more open to creativity.

Evidence of this trend can be seen in this month’s E-News Exclusive, where a director of health innovation—a title that seemed unfathomable even five years ago—discusses a project in which students are challenged to develop unique, sustainable solutions to improve care.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
Indiana Tech
HIT Me With Your Best Shot — Challenge Dares Students
to Fire Away at Innovation

By Annie Macios

Some would say that for the healthcare system to improve, it could benefit from a few radical ideas or innovations. That is exactly what the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland had in mind when its Center for Health Information and Decision Systems established the Innovate 4 Healthcare Challenge, a contest that is encouraging university students to create an HIT innovation that will improve patient-provider communications and ultimately patient outcomes.

The challenge is founded on the belief that health outcomes can be improved if patients are more fully engaged with their healthcare providers and self-managing their health. It recognizes that patient engagement and enhanced patient-provider communication is critical to improving healthcare quality while simultaneously reducing cost.

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Industry Insight
Survey Finds Disaster
Recovery Tops HIT Priorities

BridgeHead Software’s second-annual healthcare data management survey found that disaster recovery is still the No. 1 HIT investment priority, above other choices such as archiving, virtualization, cloud computing, and digitizing paper records.

The survey asked HIT professionals from all over the world about their ongoing strategies for managing their hospital’s IT systems. Fifty-five percent of respondents listed disaster recovery among their top three IT investment priorities for the next year—an increase of 11 percentage points compared with last year’s survey, which saw 44% of HIT professionals choose backup/disaster recovery as one of their top three IT investment objectives.

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NCRA Conference Preview
NCRA Stands United in Education, Advocacy,
and Professional Development

By Heather Hogstrom

The National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 38th Annual Educational Conference will be held April 18 to 21 at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. There will be plenty to explore, from national historical monuments to the NCRA exhibit hall, where cancer registrars can learn about the latest cancer registry products and services and network with vendors and colleagues.

More than 30 educational sessions are scheduled, so cancer registrars can keep up-to-date with changes in the industry and earn up to 20 continuing education (CE) credits. Sessions cover central registry, hospital registry, professional development, and informatics, providing a range of choices to meet individual educational needs.

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Tech & Tools
AMA’s My Medications App
The American Medical Association’s My Medications app lets patients store their medical information in one place, carry it with them anywhere they go, and share it with their physicians. Patients can create and update a list of medications, including dosing and scheduling information; track immunization records and allergy information; e-mail medical information to healthcare providers, family members, or friends; and maintain a list of their medical team’s contact information.
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UpToDate MobileComplete App
UpToDate has released a downloadable local version of its iPhone app UpToDate MobileComplete, which provides clinicians with fast access to evidence-based clinical knowledge, even offline. To ensure users access the most current recommendations, the app will verify that requested content is the most recent when a network connection is present. UpToDate helps improve health outcomes by providing current, comprehensive clinical knowledge, including treatment recommendations based on the best medical evidence. Learn more »

Vigilan’s Nurse Charting Mobile App
Vigilan’s mobile app enables the collection of assisted living resident vital signs to an iPhone or iPad. As an integrated application with the Vigilan Care Suite, the mobile app is a tool that nursing staff can use at the point of care to save time by eliminating the need for paper charting and data entry. The app is HIPAA compliant, works in a stand-alone mode or connected to Vigilan Administrator, downloads resident basic data from the Vigilan Administrator database, allows resident data to be shared for all staff to see and update, provides an immediate view of residents’ weight over time, and allows users to set alerts for any situation that needs special attention.
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Piatto Portion Control App
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