New York Digital Health Accelerator graduates inaugural class; Medical devices falling short for children;

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> The New York eHealth Collaborative announced the graduation of its inaugural class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator at its first Demo Day. Eight new software systems perform tasks from analyzing physician notes in electronic medical records to giving patients ratings of rehab centers and nursing homes to following up with patients about hospital discharge instructions. Announcement

>  Medical devices are falling short for children because many are not "child-sized," resulting in complications for small patients, the New York Times reports. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved a rare child-size catheter. Article

Provider News

> Primary care physicians generate more revenue for their hospitals than specialists--$1.57 million versus $1.42 million, respectively--according to a May report from recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins. Revenue generated by primary care physicians jumped 23 percent while specialists' generated revenues declined 10 percent over the past decade, Medical Economics reported. Article

EMR News

> The recent decertification of two EHRMagic products will have a huge impact on the industry and will require providers and vendors to take action to protect themselves, according to a recent legal alert by healthcare attorney Henry Fader of Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP. The waters are murky for providers who purchased the now-uncertified products and may have to return an incentive payment to the government and. They'll also face challenges attesting to Meaningful Use in the future. Article

> The electronic health record vendor market has been "robust," hitting $20 billion in 2012, a 15 percent increase from $17.9 billion in 2011, according to a recently published report from Kalorama Information. EHR vendors should continue to see healthy sales over the next two years as providers adopt EHRs and work to attain Meaningful Use of their systems to avoid penalties, which are slated to kick in starting in 2015. Article

And Finally... Those people from New Jersey sure know how to stick together. Article

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