Weekly Readings: ICD-10 testing lags, hygiene education for rads, and more.

1. ICD-10 testing lags among providers – FierceHealthIT

A recent survey has indicated that some providers do not intend to even conduct ICD-10 testing. Most respondents did intend to go through with it eventually, but a rather small percentage of providers indicated that they had completed external testing (17 percent), and a slightly larger percent indicated completed internal testing (34 percent).

2. Hygiene education prompts rads to clean up their act – AuntMinnie

Do you have your hand sanitizer ready? Are you aware that microphones and computer mice in inpatient and outpatient clinics typically have far greater bacterial colonization than nearby toilets? One study found that found that 64.3 percent of workstation sites showed evidence of Staphylococcus aureus and 21.4 percent showed signs of enteric organisms. This more recent Canadian study found that educating radiologists about the potential uncleanliness of their work spaces prompted them to clean the areas more often.

3. 3 reasons the use of mHealth is limited – iHealthBeat

The use of mobile health tools has received a lot of attention, but it hasn’t yet achieved widespread use. This may be because it’s so limited, according to HealthITJobs.com’s Tim Cannon. He sites expense, risk, and HIPAA as some of mHealth’s shortcomings, stating that although there is no lack of interest

4. Questions persist about the use of contrast agents Omniscan and Magnevist – Health Imaging

In the wake of recent awareness, patients who feel they could have been harmed by certain contrast agents are seeking support groups and asking that manufacturers take a closer look at the safety of such agents.

5. FDA takes action against over 1,000 illegal Rx drug websites – iHealthBeat

It’s difficult for the FDA to track down the multitude of illegal online Rx drug purveyors, but they’re cracking down on at least 1,050 sites, according to Reuters. Counterfeit drugs can cause many problems for those who purchase them because they can be manufactured in unsanitary conditions, contain an incorrect dose of drugs, or simply not be what they claim to be.



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