ONC demonstrates Blue Button Connector; AHIMA initiative looks to increase awareness of health information governance;

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> Officials from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT demonstrated the Blue Button Connector at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla., on Monday. The Connector is an open-source website that will help consumers and patients to find their own health information online. It also will aid developers in their efforts to build relevant tools as the market expands. Post

> The University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine and Lockheed Martin will collaborate to leverage emerging technology to improve patient care, according to a joint announcement released Tuesday. Lockheed will help the University of Miami Health System manage its healthcare data, develop predictive models for risk identification and build systems to improve information delivery to providers in real time. Announcement

> The American Health Information Management Association announced on Tuesday an initiative to increase awareness of the importance of information governance within healthcare. Among actions to take place in the coming year, AHIMA plans to establish an expert advisory panel, conduct a survey on the state of information governance in healthcare, develop information governance principles and a readiness assessment, and develop an adaptable information governance model. Announcement

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> As millions of their constituents gain health insurance coverage, Democrat and Republican governors gathered in Washington, D.C., last weekend acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act is here for the long haul. Article

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> "Hospital-dependent" patients are a distinct group from patients with chronic illnesses and hospitals must properly understand them in order to reduce readmission rates, two physicians write in an opinion piece for the New England Journal of Medicine. Article

And Finally... Stay cautious, Google Glass junkies. Article

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