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BBK Healthcare announces the release of TrialCentralNet 4.0, a tool for accelerating patient enrollment for clinical research studies. The Web-based data management application cuts time, money, and administrative effort from clinical study lifecycles and budgets -- from investigative site selection through patient retention -- by providing study team members anywhere in the world up-to-the-minute study information with the click of a mouse. TrialCentralNet gives key members of a clinical study team (sponsors, clinical site staff, clinical research associates, country study managers, and patient recruitment specialists) 24/7 access to clinical enrollment data in a secure, password-protected Web environment. The application is compatible with all operating systems and can be customized to give users a personal view -- according to group or individual needs -- in any language, the company says. Read the press release.

In response to the healthcare industry's need for a work force capable of developing, implementing, and using health communications and information technologies, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) announced the development of its electronic health information management (e-HIM) Virtual Laboratory at a Capitol Hill Steering Committee on Telehealth and Healthcare Informatics on May 15. The lab -- funded by AHIMA's Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) -- will provide students hands-on experience with leading-edge health information management (HIM) technologies. AHIMA is currently piloting the e-HIM Virtual Lab with 1,900 students and instructors from 47 academic programs around the country -- with the goal of having 100 academic programs and 4,000 students participating by the end of 2007. The pilot Lab currently includes applications for patient identification, administrative and reimbursement coding, data capture, and abstracting. Additional applications scheduled for implementation through the remainder of 2006 include electronic document management, documentation quality management, dictation, transcription, speech recognition, and natural language processing. For more info, visit.

The MGMA will host the first-ever Health Care Information Technology Forums in San Francisco (June 12-13) and Boston (June 29-30). Each two-day event will allow attendees to explore research, investment, buy-in, interoperability, and legislative and legal components in depth. The forums feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities and round-table discussions in an interactive atmosphere. Featured speakers/sessions include healthcare IT futurist and consultant Mark R. Anderson, who will discuss the selection and implementation of IT solutions and EHRs, such as needs assessments, calculating return on investment, and training; three round-table discussions featuring EHR experts and users, which will focus on stakeholder buy-in, integrating clinical and administrative operations, e-prescribing, and Web portals; and interactive, expert-panel presentations by MGMA IT specialists, group practice administrators who have recently integrated healthcare IT into their practices, and legislative, regulatory, and legal advisers. Registration deadlines are June 5 for San Francisco and June 22 for Boston. For more info, visit.
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