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FDA issues final guidance on mobile medical apps!

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued final guidance for developers of mobile medical applications, or apps, which are software programs that run on mobile communication devices and perform the same functions as traditional medical devices. The guidance outlines the FDA’s tailored approach to mobile apps.

Guest Blog: Designing with the patient in mind

This week we are proud to publish a short synopsis of the Masters thesis project of Alyssa Costino. Alyssa conducted and reported on the use of EHR systems from the patient perspective -- something that isn't being done often enough.

The Electronic Medical Record: Designing with the Patient in Mind
A thesis project designed by Alyssa Costino
MFA Computer Graphics Design ‘12
Rochester Institute of Technology

Usability and User-Centered Design: A reminder to members of the EHR Developers Association

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a non-profit association of more than 40 EHR companies, created an electronic health record (EHR) Developer Code of Conduct, which aims to encourage transparency and collaboration among EHR developers, as well as developers, providers, and industry stakeholders. The latest version of the code of conduct is available as a pdf here: http://bit.ly/13A1oLc

On the first page, the very first item (after a general statement) is Patient Safety.
The code says:

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) presents the 3rd Annual Consumer Health IT Summit in Washington DC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) invites you save the date and join them in D.C. (or online) on September 16 2013 to learn about public and private sector led advancements to equip and empower patients to better manage their health in a digital era. The Summit is free, but space is limited in the Great Hall and available on a first come, first serve basis. The Main Event will be webcast for those unable to join in person. The webcast URL is : http://bit.ly/13qCwcj

Alere™ MobileLink Receives 510k FDA Clearance

Alere Hub gets 510(k) approval

Alere™ Connect has been granted a 510(k) market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Alere™ MobileLink. The new product offering is one of Alere's connected device technologies designed to empower patients by allowing self-testing at home and delivering data quickly and seamlessly to clinical systems accessed by their healthcare providers.

OSEHRA: Conducting Usability Evaluations for Meaning Use Stage 2 Funding

Healthcare Usability will be presenting at the OSEHRA conference

We are pleased to announce that our talk, "Conducting Usability Evaluations for Meaning Use Stage 2 Funding " was presented at the OSEHRA 2nd Annual Summit.

When: Friday, September 6, 2013 10:30am White Oak Rm B

Where:
Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center

For information on conducting and reporting on the §170.314(g)(3) Safety-enhanced Design Criteria for meaningful use stage two certification see:

Healthcare Providers Aren't Happy With EHR Systems

The federal government is happy to point out that more than 50 percent of physicians and 80 percent of hospitals are using electronic health record (EHR) systems, with those users having received some $14.6 billion in meaningful use incentives initially allocated in the 2009 stimulus.

Data Visualization of #HDPalooza

Health Datapalooza IV (#HDPalooza) recently ended as the fourth annual national conference born from government efforts to liberate health data.

Two conference days concluded with 11,141 tweets created! An amazing feat! In the same spirit of liberating health data, our friends at Symplur have taken the data from Twitter and visualized it in the network centrality analysis.

See http://www.symplur.com/shorts/data-visualization-of-hdpalooza/ and gain some interesting insights about the conference

CMS releases updated quality measures for MU

CMS Meaningful Use

In an effort to align the clinical quality measures used within the EHR Incentive Program with the goals of CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Quality Strategy (NQS), and recommendations from the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, each clinical quality measure has been assessed against six domains based on the NQS’s six priorities.

HealthIT.GOV publishes EHR Adoption Dashboard

HealthIT Interactive Dashboard for Meaningful Use adoption rates

For some reason, everyone seems to like dashboards. Maybe it is because a lot of us can think better visually than we can with just text.

To help visual thinkers, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs found an interesting way to publish the data about the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.

The information displayed in their visual dashboard is derived from data published by CMS.

EHR adoption: Way better than HHS expectations!

HHS.Gov Logo

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it has gone beyond their goal of having 50% of doctors and 80% of eligible hospitals using electronic health record systems (EHRs) by the end of 2013.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during an interview on May 22 that, as of the end of April, more than half of doctors and other eligible professionals and more than 80% of eligible hospitals have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for the meaningful use of EHRs (For more on MU, see http://bit.ly/18JvJc4 ).

Box adds 10 healthcare app partners, becomes HIPAA and HITECH compliant to bolster industry offering

Box logo

Cloud storage service Box is diving deeper into the healthcare space. Recently the company shared that it has added 10 new healthcare application partners to its platform to help respond to industry-specific challenges. In addition, to further gain acceptance by companies in this space, Box is sharing that it is now both HIPAA and HITECH compliant and is signing Business Associate Agreements with its customers.

Meaningful Use Jobs available

CMS recently published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. This is going to create a large amount of new jobs. EHR vendors will be looking for Healthcare IT professionals with an understanding and experience with the meaningful use requirements.

HealthCare IT Jobs

We have had a number of requests for listings of more Healthcare IT jobs.

Please see our complete Job Board for a full listing of HCUX and Healthcare IT positions available across the USA.

Although we specialize in usability and user experience we are also customer driven, and are happy to provide the following list of the top 20 HCIT positions near you:

(Select "read more" to see the HCIT jobs in your area)

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HCIT - The fastest growing occupation in the USA

More than 50,000 healthcare IT jobs have sprouted since passing the HITECH Act, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates they’ll grow by 20 percent from 2008 to 2018 – much faster than all remaining US occupations per industry. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report reflecting the doubling of EHR adoption among physicians in two years from 17 to 34 percent. The rate of adoption among primary care doctors also increased significantly, from 20 to 39 percent.

Meaningful Use Jobs

There has been a lot of chatter in the "twittersphere" about healthcare IT and Meaningful Use. We have noticed that there has also been a sharp increase in the number of Healthcare IT vendors that are seeking professionals with experience and knowledge of the current (and future) requirements for Meaningful Use funding.

The health information technology (HIT) provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) afford states and their Medicaid providers with a unique opportunity to leverage existing efforts to achieve the vision of interoperable information technology for health care.

Select Read More to see the top 20 Meaningful Use careers in your area

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