CHIME increases involvement with 'Most Wired' survey; Text alert has little impact for acute kidney injury patients;

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> The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, through an agreement with Health Forum, will increase its role in shaping the methodology for the annual "Most Wired" survey, which offers a look into how the industry is using technology to improve performance. In addition, CHIME will help create a benchmarking program for the industry to recognize IT use in hospitals. Announcement

> An electronic alert for acute kidney injury was found to have little to no impact on clinical outcomes, according to a study published at The Lancet. Researchers gave participants in the study the ability to receive acute kidney injury alerts via text. They found that the change in creatinine, dialysis, and death did not differ between the alert group and the usual care group. Study

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