Interactive alerts improve health of HIV patients; ONC wants input on EHR modules;

> Interactive clinical decision support alerts improved the care of patients with HIV, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The computer alerts for certain problems, such as abnormal lab test results, facilitated clinical follow up and ultimately improved the patients' cell counts. FierceHealthIT

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a reminder notice that providers need to enroll in the Provider Enrollment Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) in order to successfully register for the Meaningful Use program. Registration status remains in "issue pending' until the provider is actively enrolled. Those who already have enrolled in PECOS should confirm that their information is correct, CMS says. Website

> The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Privacy and Security Workgroup of the HIT Standards Committee is soliciting comments on its recommendations on the certification of electronic health record modules for the 2016 edition of EHR certification, according to a Dec. 5 blog post by Dixie Baker, workgroup chair. The workgroup is specifically seeking comment on how to align the use of modules with privacy and security requirements. Blog post

And Finally... I doubt this contractor will be getting new business anytime in the near future. Article