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University Servers Breached
Virginia Commonwealth University’s servers were recently hacked, potentially exposing Social Security numbers for more than 176,000 individuals at the university and its health system, according to GovInfoSecurity.com.

HIT Saves a Life in Memphis
A medical data-sharing program, which saves time and money by avoiding repeat tests, gave doctors crucial insight about a pregnant woman’s complications, Technology Review reports.
Ask the Expert
Have a coding or transcription question? Get an expert answer by sending an e-mail to edit@gvpub.com.

Should there be blanks in transcription


Theoretically, no. Blanks are indicative of incomplete or unintelligible clinician input, which are not welcome on any health record. That being said, if a clinician electronically authenticates (signs) a document that contains blanks, it will be presented and posted in the EHR “as is,” complete with blanks. GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) is how it has always worked.

— Scott D. Faulkner is principal and CEO of InterFix, LLC.

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Tech & Tools
MPR Mobile App
Monthly Prescribing Reference’s mobile appnow offers a drug interactions checker on the Apple and Android platforms.
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Cloud-Powered HIPAA-Compliant Mobile App
FeedHenry and Court Square Group will provide a mobile app in a secure cloud environment, giving Health New England members access to healthcare information quickly and easily via smartphones and tablets. Read more »

MD-IT Android App
MD-IT's Android app for the Google operating system provides efficiency and accuracy for physician documentation and improves on previous mobile applications by offering the full Patient Chart View for MD-IT's EMR users.
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Editor's E-Note
One of the more recent developments in healthcare has been the growing popularity of cloud computing. This month’s E-News Exclusive says to expect that trend to continue in 2012.

Also in this issue, a pair of experts examine the ins and outs of coding diagnostic procedures via bronchoscope. It’s a complicated topic that can baffle even the most seasoned coders.

— Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
More Healthcare Organizations Jump Into the Cloud
By Nick Mehta

Technology touches all aspects of our lives, including healthcare. A significant part of healthcare reform and last year’s stimulus package included funding and incentives for hospitals and doctors’ offices to digitize. The electronic system adoption rate continues to pick up steam, giving late bloomers no choice but to get on board or be left behind.

Not only have medical records become electronic, but more doctors and hospitals are communicating with patients via e-mail, which helps build personal, one-on-one relationships and speeds up response times. Even social media has a role in the healthcare industry, with doctors blogging, writing newsletters, and posting articles on various healthcare topics.

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Diagnostic Procedures Via the Bronchial Tree
By Cheryl M. Manchenton, RN, BSN, and Audrey G. Howard, RHIA

Treating lung conditions can be challenging without confirmation of the specific disease process. Pulmonologists often use noninvasive diagnostic techniques such as chest x-rays, CT scans, MRI, and positron emission tomography scans, which show anatomical features. However, these tests are limited because they do not reveal morphology (the chemical or cellular composition) of diseases or conditions. Examples of more specific but noninvasive tests include sputum cultures and functional lung capacity studies such as pulmonary function tests. A sputum specimen is very limited, as it is usually able to identify only organisms involved in infections and is not as helpful in diagnosing or clarifying lung diseases or conditions.

A definitive diagnosis is not always possible without more invasive diagnostic studies. For the purposes of this article, we will discuss only those diagnostic procedures via bronchoscope, not thoracic or transthoracic approaches.

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Today's Diet & NutritionUT System selected CodeRyte for the strength of its natural language processing technology, consistent coding strategy, ICD-10 preparedness, and widespread benefits realization across a client base that includes almost 70 health systems. UT System plans to leverage the full suite of CodeRyte products and services, including its standard computer-assisted coding product, CodeAssist, for outpatient and inpatient, as well as DataScout, its data-mining technology that searches and extracts clinical information from free-text and structured medical records.

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