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2/22/2018

CHIME and other health IT organizations expressed concern over the ONC's Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement draft's aggressive timeline, implementation details and alignment with other provisions under the 21st Century Cures Act. CHIME called for another comment period before the agreement is finalized, which ONC officials already dismissed, as well as careful selection of recognized coordinating entity members who will operate the framework.

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ONC
2/22/2018

Health care organizations can be successful in implementing systemwide telemedicine by being aware of the benefits of telehealth, allowing the IT department to spearhead the review of potential vendors, and encouraging the involvement of clinical, IT and business teams, writes Avizia co-founder and CEO Mike Baird. They should also conduct regular meetings between vendors and IT teams to address user issues early on, as well as establish success criteria and clear metrics to monitor improvement, Baird writes.

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Mike Baird, Avizia
2/22/2018

CHIME sent a letter to Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., recommending support for the CDC's mobile app-supported guidelines and e-prescribing for controlled substances under the Merit-Based Incentive System, better data interoperability and improved EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs to address the opioid crisis. CHIME also urged allowing federal regulators to determine standards for improving patient identification to boost data sharing between Medicare, Medicaid and PDMPs.

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CDC
2/21/2018

Ctenocephalides felis, or the domestic cat flea, may be developing resistance to commonly used insecticides, but until now, progress on a vaccine has been limited. Researchers recently used transcriptomics and proteomics data from C. felis to identify protective recombinant antigens, developed a subcutaneous vaccine and reported in Parasites & Vectors that the antigens could be used alone or in combination in vaccines to control cat fleas.

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American Veterinarian
2/21/2018

Winners of the Caregiving for Dementia Innovation Challenge were Embodied Labs, which developed virtual reality that lets people experience what it is like to have dementia, and YouthCare, a mobile app-based caregiver-training program develop by students at the University of California at Los Angeles. The 254 entries were judged on improving dementia caregiving affordability, quality, scalability and ease of integration.

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MobiHealthNews
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YouthCare
2/21/2018

The ONC has recognized the National Committee for Quality Assurance eMeasure testing laboratory as an authorized testing lab, allowing it to test health IT products for the agency's Health IT Certification Program. NCQA's testing method for electronic clinical quality measures was approved as an alternative to the ONC's current testing procedure.

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EHR Intelligence
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ONC, NCQA
2/21/2018

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the adoption of EHR systems did not reduce administrative costs, which may be attributed to differing price schedules and contracts between hospitals, health plans and payers. The study, which looked at billing at a North Carolina academic health care system, indicates that "significant investments in certified health information technology have not reduced high billing costs in the United States," researchers wrote.

2/21/2018

If adopted, Washington state's Substitute Senate Bill 5411/HB 1473 would limit the use of telehealth eye care technologies while requiring costlier and unneeded examinations, the Federal Trade Commission wrote in a letter to Republican state Rep. Paul Graves. The bill would prevent the state's ophthalmologists and optometrists from dispensing prescriptions for glasses or contact lenses without first performing an eye exam in person, which the FTC says would unfairly limit access to eye care services.

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mHealth Intelligence
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Federal Trade Commission
2/21/2018

Anthropology professor Trudy Turner's study of monkeys began with population genetics studies that led to a larger study of simian immunodeficiency virus, which is similar to HIV but does not cause similarly devastating symptoms. Researchers have build a substantial biobank, and the international study might lead to insights about HIV as well as other diseases that affect human and nonhuman primates.

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HIV, Immunodeficiency
2/21/2018

Veterinarians, scientists, communications staff and lab administrators from North America and Europe explored ways to build public trust in animal research at the recent Basel Declaration Society conference, discussing the importance of nonhuman primates in neurology research, myths about animal research and more. FBR President Matthew R. Bailey spoke at the event, noting a shift in animal rights activism "from extreme activities to public policy activities." Bailey urged the research community to "stop operating based on fear" and embrace transparency and openness around their work.

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Speaking of Research
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NIH