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emPower eLearning: January 2011

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Minimal health IT standards, data control are a start for learning health system

By Kathryn Foxhall

A minimum of required health IT standards and centralization of data is what’s needed to foster the best climate in which to develop a learning health system and provide a foundation for its expansion, according to the Institute of Medicine.

These were some of the main conclusions garnered from various workshops held throughout 2010, sponsored by the IOM and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which focused on ways to promote technical advances in health care, generate and use information, and engage patients.

A report on the workshop results--Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care-- was published Dec. 20, and laid out various strategies for using IT to accelerate progress in improving healthcare. 
One approach to a digital infrastructure for the learning health system is an “ultra-large-scale system,” in which a few key elements, such as requirements for health information exchange, are standard. At the same time, participants would have flexibility for innovations, and incremental advances in functionality would be the product of “architectural precepts, incentives, and compliance assessment, but not by centralized control,” according to the report.

“[By] incorporating decentralization of data, development, and operational authority and control, this approach fosters local innovation, personalization, and emergent behaviors,” the report said.

Participants in the workshops also endorsed incorporating services and research in a “continuous learning loop” in which the generation and use of knowledge are integrated in healthcare delivery, research, quality improvement and population monitoring.

Health IT also presents an opportunity to improve patients’ access to health information so they and their caregivers can take a more active role in decisions. Integration of data across various sources, including clinical, public health and commercial, is also central to improving care for both individuals and populations, the report said.

This article was originally posted at http://govhealthit.com/newsitem.aspx?tid=62&nid=75753

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Disrupting the Education Monopoly Through Digital Learning

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told ReasonTV‘s Nick Gillespie that information technology, or digital learning, can help break the education monopoly by offering quality classes to students, no matter whether they’re enrolled in a public or private school or home schooled.

Bush championed school choice as governor from 1999 to 2007 and approved a school voucher program that successfully boosted student achievement until it was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2006.
Since leaving office, Bush founded the Foundation for Excellence in Education and serves as co-chair of theDigital Learning Council.

While attending the National Summit on Education Reform in Washington, D.C., Bush told Gillespie that digital learning exists on the margins of education but that, “Monopolies don’t like to have direct competition.”
“Any reform that’s worth its salt right now has to recognize that we’re in a decade long flat per student spending,” Bush said. “Anything that provides higher quality at lower cost, just as it is in the real world, will have great success in education.”

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dale Davidson LLC has adopted emPower eLearning Solutions’ Dragon Legal Complete Training Course.

emPower - a leading provider of comprehensive Healthcare Compliance Solutions through Learning management system (LMS) has announced today that Dales Davidson LLC located in Thomasville, Georgia has adopted Dragon Legal Complete Online Training Course in order to improve their productivity in transcription process.

Dale Davidson as a practicing litigation attorney at DALE DAVIDSON, LLC was looking for technology that is easy to implement and has real utility. He adopted Dragon Naturally Speaking Legal version so that he can just speak rather than type or have some type the documentation. The concept of simply dictating to the computer to produce documents, open applications, and search the internet or my computer without using a keyboard or mouse is amazing. Mr. Davidson wanted to leverage something similar and hence he adopted Dragon Legal. However, like many others he faltered in the beginning trying to use the software and that is when he worked with emPower to get a detailed training solution for Dragon Legal. The training provided him step by step guide to use the software. The interactive videos did wonder to increase the productivity and the quizzes helped him to retain the knowledge. The power to leverage specific legal words was indeed released.
But the most important thing was it provided a solution to do work in an efficient manner conveniently.

About emPower
emPower  is a leading provider of comprehensive Healthcare Compliance Solutions through Learning Management System (LMS). Its mission is to provide innovative security solutions to enable compliance with applicable laws and regulations and maximize business performance. empower provides range of courses to manage compliance required by regulatory bodies such as OSHA, HIPAA, Joint commission and Red Flag Rule etc. Apart from this emPower also offers custom demos and tutorials for your website, business process management and software implementation.

Its Learning Management system (LMS) allows students to retrieve all the courses 24/7/365 by accessing the portal. emPower e-learning training program is an interactive mode of learning that guides students to progress at their own pace.

For additional information, please visit http://www.empowerbpo.com.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

10 reasons why eLearning is essential for students!

Technology has the power to transform education. It is essential to bring it into the classroom to empower learning. Why?

1. Students need to be engaged with what they are doing to improve learning outcomes – See technology engages them.

2. Enables students to become thinkers/learners/risk takers in a sheltered environment.
3. Learn not to rely on the teacher…be accountable themselves…become independent!
4. Teaches digital literacy.
5. Valuable employable skills in a digital world are learnt –appropriate online behaviour, good digital citizenship, cybersafety, plagiarism, working with virtual teams, self discipline in a virtual world, digital and global entrepreneurship, globalization etc eg 
6. Broadens the horizons of many students as it exposes students to the world outside their city or country town.
7. Fits in with Rural Education where students in small rural schools need no longer be disadvantaged by distance and isolation, as technology allows them to learn virtually and maintain their subject choices, allows eg  LOTE (languages other than English) and other specialist subjects to be taught across schools by a virtual teacher.
8. Allows a mobile learning environment – anywhere, anytime, anyhow! (SeeDoes mLearning make a difference?)
9. Inspires students to seek more from school.
10. Gets kids to go to school!

This article was originally posted at  http://murcha.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/why-elearning-is-essential-for-students/

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Obama Signs Red Flags Exemptions Bill

Physicians, Attorneys, Many Hospitals No Longer Must Comply

Howard Anderson, Managing Editor

President Obama on Saturday signed legislation that exempts certain businesses, including physician practices and apparently most hospitals, from the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule.

The Red Flags exemption law more narrowly defines the term "creditor" so that, in effect, far fewer organizations must comply with the rule.

Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, introduced the measure, S 3987.


Red Flags Exemptions

The legislation "makes clear that lawyers, doctors, dentists, orthodontists, pharmacists, veterinarians, accountants, nurse practitioners, social workers, other types of healthcare providers and other service providers will no longer be classified as 'creditors' for the purposes of the Red Flags Rule just because they do not receive payment in full from their clients at the time they provide their services..." according to a colloquy in support of the bill from Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.

The Federal Trade Commission had previously postponed enforcement of the Red Flags Rule several times. Organizations representing attorneys and physicians had filed lawsuits to block the FTC from applying the rule to these professionals.

Under the Red Flags Rule, which became effective Jan. 1, 2008, organizations that extend credit to their clients must develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs that help identify, detect and respond to patterns, practices or specific activities, known as "red flags," that could indicate identity theft. The rule applies, for example, to banks and federally-chartered credit unions, which are examined for Red Flags compliance by their federal regulators.

The rule still applies to state-chartered credit unions, says Anthony DeMangone, director of regulatory compliance at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. "The bill doesn't affect state chartered credit unions at all," he says. "They'll have to comply when the latest FTC extension expires, which is the end of this year."


Red Flags Compliance

Under the new exemption law, creditors that must comply with the Red Flags rule would no longer include those who "advance funds on behalf of a person for expenses incidental to a service provided by the creditor to that person."

Creditors that must comply are those that obtain and use consumer reports in connection with a credit transaction and furnish information to consumer reporting agencies. Also included are so-called payday loan companies that don't necessarily use consumer reports, according to a staffer for Begich.

"Any other type of creditor may only be covered through a rulemaking based upon an agency's determination that these type of creditors offer or maintain accounts that pose a reasonably foreseeable risk of identity theft," Thune said in the colloquy.

Don Asmonga, government relations manager for the American Health Information Management Association, said the bill apparently would exempt most hospitals as well as physicians. He said he interprets the bill's language to mean "If a hospital does not regularly request credit reports, then they would be exempt from the Red Flags Rule."

This article was originally posted at  http://www.healthcareinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=3197&rf=2010-12-21-eh&hq_e=el&hq_m=870638&hq_l=5&hq_v=371df3bfc5

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