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IDC Health Insights estimates electronic medical record/electronic health record adoption among midsize and large ambulatory practices will increase from less than 25 percent in 2009 to more than 80 percent by 2016, according to a company news release.
Six states have received a total of more than $6 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to implement telehealth and other healthcare initiatives in rural regions, according to a USDA news release.
Hearing aids, hearing aid patient information and other items were stolen from a Bismarck, N.D.-based Medcenter One employee's vehicle in late October, according to a health system news release.
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Data Breach Affects 4.2M Sutter Health Patients

A stolen computer contained information on roughly 4.2 million Sutter Health patients, according to a health system news release.
Twenty-five percent of healthcare providers are currently using tablets in their practice and an additional 21 percent plan to do so within 12 months, according to a CompTIA news release.
Federal health IT organizations are calling for user feedback on the specifications of the Nationwide Health Information Network, according to the Federal Advisory Committee blog post.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has sent a response (pdf) on the draft guidance on testing electronic health record usability.
The percent of office-based physicians using e-prescribing systems has increased from less than 10 percent to 52 percent in three years, according to a Surescripts news release.
This month the Office of Civil Rights will begin auditing covered entities and business associates for HIPAA compliance, according to the OCR.
To address concerns of the impact of health IT on patient safety, the Institute of Medicine has suggested 10 ways the government can ensure HIT products and practices do not harm patients.
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