Text messaging program reaches milestone; Wisconsin research foundation wins national competition for best mobile heart app;

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> Text4baby, a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging, has reached a milestone with more than 62 million text messages sent to over 500,000 parents nationwide. Launched in February 2010, Text4baby was created in partnership with founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson, and founding partners Voxiva, CTIA-the Wireless Foundation, and Grey Healthcare Group. The program's content is developed by health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, March of Dimes, American Academy of Pediatrics. Announcement

> Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin has won a national competition for the best mobile app to improve heart health. The research foundation will receive $100,000 to support the app's future development. The app, which beat more than 35 other entries in the Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge competition overseen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, tracks heart disease and stroke risk factors by enabling people to enter statistics, such as height, weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and whether they smoke or have diabetes. It runs on Apple iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices and is available in the Apple app store. Article

> San Diego-based LifeApps Digital Media, a digital media company focusing on health, fitness, sports publications, and next-generation social networks, has announced a proposed strategic alliance with Los Angeles-based MediSwipe, a patient security solutions and financial products company for the medicinal marijuana and health care industry. Under the agreement, LifeApps Digital Media will create mobile apps for MediSwipe, the first of which called "GetRx" will match caregivers and patients in legal jurisdictions for medicinal marijuana, provide geographical locator functionality for 18 states with thousands of listings of pharmacies, caregivers and dispensaries, and allow for patient ratings and comments. Announcement

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> Three clinical documentation and record management challenges in electronic health record systems were identified by the American Health Information Management Association at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's HIT Policy Committee meeting last week. The problems--which include an inability to meet business requirements for a provider's record of care for a patient; subpar management, preservation and disclosure of health records; and a lack of focus on data quality, information integrity and solid documentation practices--were outlined by AHIMA Foundation Director of Research Michelle Dougherty, who could not understate the importance of remedying the situation quickly. Article

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> Security concerns about proprietary data and applications are among the reasons the healthcare industry has been slow to adopt cloud technology, according to a new survey by Vernon Hills, Ill., technology vendor CDW. Out of eight industries, healthcare ranked seventh in terms of cloud adoption, just ahead of state and local governments. Large business and higher education ranked first and second. Overall, 35 percent of the 156 health IT professionals surveyed said their organization was implementing or maintaining cloud computing in 2012, up from 30 percent in 2011. Article

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