West Health, ONC announce healthcare conference; PatientPartner improves medication adherence for diabetes patients;

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> The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced they will co-host "HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System," in Washington, D.C. in February, to "bring together key stakeholders driving medical interoperability to improve patient care and lower health care costs." Announcement

> Clinical trial results for "PatientPartner," a new mobile game application designed by scientists and researchers at CyberDoctor, document the effectiveness of a "story-driven game in changing health behavior and biomarkers." Results of the clinical trial demonstrating increased medication adherence among patients with diabetes--from 58 percent to 95 percent. Announcement 

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> With the advent of healthcare reform, it's more important than ever for healthcare providers to identify and target high-risk patients to prevent readmissions. The problem is determining which model best predicts those patients.Hospitals can rely on several specific models to help coordinate care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

> Americans hate the government shutdown as a strategy to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a national poll released this week. Seventy-two percent of the 1,497 registered voters polled by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said they oppose the government shutdown and 64 percent said they were against blocking an increase in the nation's debt ceiling as a way to stop healthcare reform. Article

EMR News

> While electronic health records have the potential to improve patient care, EHR users should not expect such systems to lower their malpractice premiums, as EHRs can create new problems and make it harder to defend against such claims, according to  Health Data Management. Article

And Finally... Sleeping on the job. Article