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Editor's e-Note
As health care leans on a growing stack of data for direction on how to prevent disease, forward-thinking entities are turning that information into action. For example, this month’s E-News Exclusive details an effort to utilize 26 health measures to improve the well-being of city populations. Being piloted in four cities, the program features a first-of-its-kind health dashboard that will help city leaders target specific weak points in the area’s health care ecosystem.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Researchers Develop Online City Health Dashboard
By Jill Johnson

More than 80% of the US population lives in urban areas. Yet city leaders seeking to make health improvements have lacked a standardized tool to understand and benchmark their city’s standing on actionable and widely accepted indicators of health and health risk because most health data in the United States are simply unavailable at the city level.

Responding to demands from cities across the country, New York University (NYU) School of Medicine’s department of population health, NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and the National Resource Network, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are launching the City Health Dashboard. The online data visualization tool will greatly improve city-level understanding of health and empower mayors, city managers, health officials, and other local stakeholders to enact policies that target the risk factors and health conditions that most impact their communities.

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HIMSS Preview
Prepare for Change at HIMSS17
By Heather Hogstrom

The annual HIMSS conference will be held February 19–23 in Orlando, Florida. As the first HIT conference since the presidential inauguration, HIMSS17 will give attendees the opportunity to consider changes in federal law and how health care and technology may be impacted by the new administration. Government-related education sessions cover topics such as HIT public policy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Payment Program and value-based payments, and IT infrastructure, HIT standards, certification, and medical device integration. Ed Rendell, 45th Governor of Pennsylvania, will join John Boehner, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, in a keynote presentation titled “Political Perspectives on America’s Future.” Other keynote speakers will be IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty and Shark Tank entrepreneurs Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary.

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Industry Insight
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine HIM Program
Receives CAHIIM Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) at Saint Joseph’s College is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The Saint Joseph’s College program is only the second BSHIM degree in New England to earn the CAHIIM accreditation distinction, and is the only accredited BSHIM degree offered in northern New England. The Saint Joseph’s College program is delivered online.

By meeting the CAHIIM standards, successful graduates of the BSHIM program will be eligible to apply and test for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential. This credential signifies that an individual is an expert in managing patient health information and medical records, collecting and analyzing patient data, and using classification systems and medical terminologies.

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Tech & Tools
ePrescribing Controlled Substances From an App
drchrono Inc is the first EHR to be certified for Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances (EPCS) on iPad, iPhone, and web. EPCS within the drchrono EHR app now allows physicians to write and transmit electronic prescriptions for controlled substances to pharmacies, and for pharmacies to easily receive and dispense these prescriptions to patients. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and US states worked together to legalize the use of EPCS. This initiative made it possible for drchrono to build the first native iOS EPCS-enabled EHR app. Physicians register with the DEA and obtain a DEA number for prescribing controlled substances. Raising the bar on security, drchrono provides two-factor authentication for doctors to log in. The drchrono platform was certified by Infogard, to ensure proper creating, signing, and refilling of controlled substance prescriptions. Learn more »

FormFast Launches New Product to Enhance Care Coordination
FormFast has launched FormFast Connect, which enables personalized care navigation and document workflow solutions that allow patients and providers across the care continuum to share information more effectively. FormFast Connect ensures patients review and complete required forms and tasks related to their care. Automated notifications alert health care providers if documents and tasks are not completed properly so they can intercede and make sure the patient is following care guidelines. FormFast Connect can be used to automate precare checklists, release of information, intake forms, consents, and other documentation that must be completed before treatment. Postcare solutions include postcare checklists, patient surveys, educational materials, and referrals. FormFast integrates with multiple EHR platforms, allowing seamless data transfer between facilities, regardless of what clinical system they are using. FormFast Connect accelerates documentation, prevents delays, ensures requirements are met, and keeps patients more informed and engaged. Learn more »

Vivify Health Awarded Patent for Extending Remote Care to Your TV
Vivify Health has been awarded a patent for its methods of engaging and monitoring health care consumers through their TVs. The patent, US9357238B2, further expands the capabilities of the Vivify Pathways platform to utilize the largest screen in a patient’s home, in addition to Vivify’s existing Managed Kit, BYOD and IVR solutions. The patent uniquely enables Vivify to extend remote care from a consumer’s mobile device to any second screen. As mobile devices become more powerful, displays such as desktop monitors and TVs are rapidly becoming “big screen” extensions to the smartphone. With this new capability, remote care is not only available anywhere but it also will soon be available on virtually any screen. Learn more »
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