FDA sets deadline for proposed HIT framework comment submission; HL7 launches immunization user group;

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> In a notice posted in Monday's Federal Register, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provided a final date--July 7--for electronic or written comment submission pertaining to the proposed risk-based regulatory framework and strategy for health IT published last week. FDA also made live on regulations.gov, its online docket for those comments. Notice

> Health Level Seven International and the American Immunization Registry Association have teamed up to form a new immunization user group that offers members access to industry experts for help resolving challenges in the implementation of HL7 immunization standards. The group, HL7 recently announced, has the potential to "take a huge resource burden off IT managers who are currently the sole source of information on the intricacies of this area," according to Nathan Bunker, co-chair of the group. Announcement

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> Payers need more outcomes data--clinical, economic and humanistic--from drug manufacturers for more informed decision-making. With increasing costs, less drug exclusivity, technology advancements and growing expectations for transparency, better outcomes data will allow health insurers to optimally allocate resources. Article

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> Psychological support from nurses can help patients heal and decrease the pain during uncomfortable procedures, according to researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, who recently presented their findings at the EuroHeartCare 2014 conference in Norway. Article

> As more patients make decisions regarding primary care and surgical procedures based on information available on the Internet and online reviews, doctors and hospitals are at a higher risk of losing credibility and business by phony and anonymous negative reviews. Patient review websites like Vitals.com, which lists more than 700,000 physicians, provide doctor information and reviews from patients. However the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act prevents doctors from discussing patients or their conditions, which leaves physicians vulnerable against anonymous Internet attacks questioning their skills and character. Article

And Finally... My vote would go to Pa Kettle. Article

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