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The FDA has released, for comment purposes, draft guidance on mobile medical applications. The 29-page draft, issued July 21, contains nonbinding recommendations to inform manufacturers, distributors, and other entities about how the FDA intends to apply its regulatory authorities to select software applications intended for use on mobile platforms, the draft stated.

An interim final rule for electronic transactions, published in the Federal Register July 8, would standardize electronic data interchange in an effort to streamline financial and administrative transactions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Cardiac monitoring enhances patient safety by alerting the caregiver to significant changes in the patient's cardiac status. But if the wrong patient is monitored, the late recognition of arrhythmias and delayed alarm response can lead to potentially avoidable deaths, according to an alert from ECRI Institute, a Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based nonprofit that researches approaches to improving patient care.  

Open source software and standards will have a widening role in future health IT systems, according to a report titled Open Source, Open Standards and Health Care Information Systems, which was first published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. However, it still faces some challenges, said Carl J. Reynolds, BSC, MB, of the Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education at UCL Medical School in London.

Cape Regional Medical Center, a 242-bed acute-care medical center in Court House, N.J., has appointed Dianna Deignan, MD, as its CMIO.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule that revises the conditions of participation for hospitals and critical access hospitals, easing the burdensome credentialing and privileging process for physicians and practitioners providing telemedicine services, according to the agency.

Lawmakers and vendors are working to address medical identity theft, but it doesn't seem to be a top concern among the public, said speakers at a recent webinar titled Medical Identity Theft Trends: The Importance of Securing Healthcare Data.

CHICAGOAfter 30 years of advocating for EHRs, Its disappointing where we are at this point, said C. Peter Waegemann, vice president of mHealth Initiative, during his keynote speech at the mHealth Initiative Conference March 30-31.

The pediatric cardiology group at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, N.Y., and the heart and vascular program at Baystate Health System in Springfield, Mass., are using the lifeIMAGE image exchange platform to share patients' cardiac and echocardiography imaging records.


As specialty practices and physician groups grapple with Stage 1 requirements, Stage 2 might be on their distant horizon, priority-wise. But it shouldnt be. It is closer than you think.