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March 2010 Features

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  Viewpoint


The Luddite

 By Ken Anderberg, Publisher/Editorial Director, March 2010

I'm known as something of a Luddite to friends and co-workers — a strange admission for the editorial director of a technology magazine — but true to some extent. I don't have a cell phone and I don't have time during my busy day to visit social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. Quite frankly, I find those venues huge time-consumption monsters and of little value at work or play.


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  Thought Leaders


Software solutions can trim rising costs

 By By Jim Catalino, March 2010

Jim CatalinoProviders can take a number of actions right now to reduce healthcare costs, and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system.

So what is the future of healthcare? Nobody knows for sure, but it must change, and we must strive for quality care that is affordable and delivered by a sustainable system for all parties involved. It will take us years to get to where the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is now steering the direction of healthcare information technology — moving to electronic health records (EHRs) and establishing a nationwide electronic health-information system (HIS).


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  Pioneers


Profile: Charles Barlow

 March 2010

Charles BarlowCharles Barlow, vice president in charge of MCAUTO's health services division, is a pioneer in healthcare data processing. He began his career in the healthcare field in 1948 as an employee of a major oil company that operated a 100-bed hospital in the West Indies. The early part of his business career included approximately 10 years of international assignments involving residencies in South Africa, Australia and the Middle East, as well as in the West Indies.

In the late 1950s, Barlow joined the professional staff of a large international engineering and management consulting firm headquartered on the East Coast where many of his consulting assignments were with hospitals and utility companies. In the early 1960s, Barlow became a strong proponent of the shared concept for automating hospital financial procedures.


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  Thought Leaders


Hospital chooses SaaS for Web performance

 March 2010

Monitoring service provides end-user analytics and assures the hospital of the availability of its physician-application site.

The opening of two hospitals in 2009 — expected to attract many new patients and prospective physicians — prompted a renewed focus on El Camino Hospital's Web operations. Specifically, the hospital needed to leverage its Web presence to better serve the needs of this growing number of patients and physicians, in a cost-effective, productive and brand-enhancing way.


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  Industry Watch


Whatís hiding in your vendor inventories?

 March 2010


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Mobile apps on rise

 By Helath Management Technology, March 2010


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  Viewpoint


Feedback (A good good-bye)

 By Health Management Technologies, March 2010


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  Products and Services


RTLS solution

 March 2010


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Digital assistant

 March 2010


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Mobile workstation

 March 2010


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Inventory-management solution

 March 2010


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EMR system

 March 2010


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Digital radiography system

 March 2010


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Interactive patient-care system

 March 2010


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CR mammography screen

 March 2010


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ECM for MEDITECH

 March 2010


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Online patient portal

 March 2010


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Desktop network appliance

 March 2010


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  Revenue Cycle Management


Change Management Toy Story Style

 March 2010

HMTGwinnett Health System reinvents revenue management with help from an unlikely hero.

Then Gwinnett Health System faced the challenge of reinventing its financial practices to deal with a changing healthcare industry, Cathy Dougherty could not stop thinking about a certain children's movie. The assistant vice president of revenue management had visions of "Toy Story" — a film that depicts the secret lives of action figures and stuffed animals — dancing in her head. Dougherty kept thinking that even though the movie is an entertaining, creative children's flick, the storyline contains a number of change-management lessons that could be applied in the healthcare setting. Leaning on the movie for inspiration and as a training tool, Dougherty led an initiative to reinvent the two-hospital health system's revenue-management practices. First, she selected a next-generation revenue-management solution that provides the bandwidth to deal with emerging trends in the healthcare industry. Second, she drove a comprehensive change-management program designed to reinvent revenue practices. As a result, the Lawrenceville, Ga.-based non-profit provider improved efficiency, enhanced patient service and bolstered its bottom line.


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  Hospital Information Systems


Biometric technology verifies patientsí identity

 March 2010

HMTBayCare Health Systems implements palm-vein recognition technology to streamline and secure patient processing.

The first step in patient safety is correctly identifying patients at the point of entry to the healthcare facility (including matching them to the correct medical record). As the increasing number of cases of medical identity theft have shown, however, conventional identification processes are no longer adequate and present numerous issues that continue to put a patient's safety at risk. These include simple clerical errors, technological failures and even dishonest patients misrepresenting their identity.


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  Hospital Information Systems


Document-management service saves $2-3 million

 By Helath Management Technology, March 2010

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Program at Methodist Healthcare starts after an in-depth evaluation of printing needs, outsourcing costs and use of technology.

An outdated paper-based system creates roadblocks in the flow of patient data. Overhauling this system is a major project for any healthcare facility, requiring the careful selection of appropriate systems, proper implementation, and the understanding and cooperation of staff members.


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Automating referrals aids discharge processes

 By Lauren Phillips, March 2010

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Software-as-a-service model sends data electronically to multiple facilities, easing case-management staff workload.

At Falls Church, Va.-based Inova Health System, up to two full days were needed to process and receive a reply on a simple nursing home referral: gathering, copying and collating paper records, faxing them to the facility, playing phone tag with facility staff, talking with staff, relaying information to patient and family, responding to requests for more information from the facility— and doing it all again for the next facility.


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  Payers


Manage contracts through best practices

 By Murali Karamchedu, March 2010

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Integrated provider management is more than simply managing contractual language. A best-practices approach reaches beyond adherence to preferred legal arrangements.

Traditionally, best practices have meant the examination and enforcement of preferred legal arrangements. Health plans, however, have begun to identify the need for a new strategic framework of best practices in provider contracting that reaches beyond adherence to preferred legal arrangements. This is due to the realization that sole focus on the language of a contract and contract obligations limits a plan's ability to analyze a contract for effectiveness.


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  Infrastructure


Save energy and $$$ in the data center

 By Eric Leichter, March 2010

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The cabling installed today has to meet the requirements of the cabling for tomorrow.
Most data centers are planning for speeds of 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

Data centers are basically big computer rooms that use optimized infrastructure components to support servers, storage and networking equipment devices. Such centers have grown to consume about 2 percent of the total U.S. electrical usage and are forecast to consume 9 percent of the U.S. total by the year 2020.


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