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Cerner Incorporates Genomics Into EMR Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Molecular diagnostics laboratories that are doing clinical genomics “try to fit a round peg into a square hole, especially when it comes to workflow,” says Mark Hoffman, director of translational medicine at Cerner, the Kansas City-based health-IT player which has been targeting this market since 2005. “They try to use systems that were designed for traditional pathology and shoehorn those into a very unique and contemporary workflow, going into contortions to do that within their information system, especially with infectious disease testing.”

Google Health Manager Discusses User Feedback Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Google Health product manager Roni Zeiger remains highly optimistic about the fledgling but high-profile personal health record (PHR) service and data-aggregation platform, but is trying to assuage concerns about consumer privacy and tamp down expectations that the Internet search leader might be able to cure all that ails health care.

Building Wireless Connectivity for Health Care Digital HealthCare & Productivity | BOSTON—Over the next three years, wireless mobile networks will evolve from today’s technology to next-generation capabilities, with open access allowing the use of any device or application on national bandwidths. But adoption will be slow until a standardized infrastructure is created, instead of every mobile company acting as a little fiefdom.

E-Prescribing Vendors Talk Back Digital HealthCare & Productivity | A month ago, acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Kerry Weems said that physicians can no longer use cost as an excuse for not switching to electronic prescribing. “The business case is turned around,” Weems said citing the affordability of the technology and reasonably small workflow changes it requires.

Kolodner et al. Remain Optimistic for Health 2.0 Digital HealthCare & Productivity | SAN FRANCISCO—In a session about online clinician social networks, moderator Enoch Choi remarked that more than half the companies that presented on a similar panel a year ago were no longer in business. And yet the Palo Alto, Calif., urgent care physician and medical project manager at online health community, remained optimistic that user-generated health care has a bright future.

MGMA Meeting Pushes High Tech Patient ID Cards Digital HealthCare & Productivity | SAN DIEGO—The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) will push the health insurance industry to standardize patient identification cards with magnetic stripes, bar codes, or embedded chips and has commissioned a study to quantify the potential savings for payers and providers alike.

e-Prescribing Crash Course Digital HealthCare & Productivity | Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Kerry Weems called last week’s national conference on electronic prescribing a “crash course in e-prescribing.” The Oct. 7 event brought more than 1,400 physicians, pharmacists, practice administrators, health-IT professionals, vendors, and government representatives to Boston for an intensive study of the technology ahead of a Medicare incentive program that begins in January.

HPC Harvard’s Way Digital HealthCare & Productivity | High performance computing (HPC) at Harvard Medical School isn’t just about IT, It’s about bridging clinical and research needs to support research, applications, and storage across the enterprise. John Halamka, Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center painted a picture of collaboration and growth around HPC that he believes will be transformative for Harvard Medical School.

Computer-Based Tools to Help Use Genetic Tests Digital HealthCare & Productivity | In a new federal project to develop computer-based tools that will use gene-based tests for breast cancer, there is some uncertainty as to when the tools will be ready for prime time, or clinical practice. The $1 million project, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), aims to create four computer-based clinical decision-support tools (CDS) to help clinicians and patients use genetic tests to evaluate and treat breast cancer.

CMS Focuses on E-Prescribing Digital HealthCare & Productivity | BOSTON—With less than three months to go before Medicare starts paying incentives to physicians for electronic prescribing, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working frantically to get the word out about the benefits of such technology.

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