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Editor's e-Note
Is biometrics the panacea to the health care industry’s data security ills? Without question, it can be part of a solution that incorporates other best practices.

And biometric technology continues to evolve. For example, this month’s E-News Exclusive examines how biometric signature authentication can provide another layer of protection to health care organizations looking to stay ahead of data thieves.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Biometric Signature Authentication:
The New Modality of Choice for Safeguarding EMR Access

By David Rizzo

Meaningful use. Two words of towering importance that now remind every hospital administrator, CFO, and medical group CEO that they must comply with newly promulgated regulations from federal HIPAA and HITECH legislation, or risk forfeiting funds previously received from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

But while emphasis originally stopped at the word “meaningful”—as in, is the EMR system being employed as demanded by law—greater emphasis now lands squarely on the word “use”—as in, will the physicians, paramedical staff, and record-keeping and insurance-billing departments actually use the EMR as required? After all, what good is any electronic system if the user experience suffers?

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Industry Insight
Researchers to Tackle EHR Barriers With $2.5 Million Grant

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) has received a $2.5 million grant to make the EHR more useful for health professionals and safer for patients.

The five-year grant was awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to measure best practices across existing EHR systems, listen and learn what providers believe to be the ideal system, and then build and test a model EHR system that can improve patient care.

John Windle, MD, a professor and chief of cardiology at UNMC and principal investigator of the grant, says the funding came from an understanding that the intended consequences of EHR adoption also had significant unintended consequences. His preliminary research suggested that physicians resisted EHR adoption because they felt it adversely affected their workflow, communications among the health care team, and patient care.

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Catavolt Health Care Mobile App Platform
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Stat Doctors Physician App
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