Oregon providers can now register for Direct messaging; Online videos improve patient compliance with screening appointments;

> Providers in Oregon now can register for Direct secure messaging through the state's health information exchange, thanks to Harris Corp. The technology company recently developed the service oriented architecture for the joint electronic health record system of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, and also helped Florida build its exchange. Announcement

> In a letter to Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, American College of Physicians Chair Michael Zaroukian calls for the use of Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine--Clinical Term (SNOMED-CT) over ICD-10 for coding issues. Letter (.pdf)

> Viewing an online instructional video prior a colonoscopy improved the likelihood that a patient would not only keep their appointment, but show up prepared for their procedure, according to researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine presenting at the 2012 annual Digestive Diseases Week meeting, which wraps up tomorrow in San Diego. Announcement

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