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June 2010 Features

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  Special Feature

HIMSS10 Products

 June 2010

HIMSSThis month, part two of HMT's sampling of products unveiled at HIMSS10, which was held at
Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center in March. It featured more than 800 vendors and an estimated 30,000 attendees.

Here is a sampling of some of the many products unveiled at the convention:

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Advertiser Index June

 June 2010

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Digital dilemma

 By Phil Colpas, June 2010

Driven by CCHIT certification, meaningful use and ARRA/HITECH incentive programs, the purchase of electronic health records/electronic medical records systems is looming large on many hospitals' horizons — most likely for this fiscal year.

According to a report recently released by the American College of Physicians, "Increasing the use of quality measurement as part of EHR systems is critical to achieving meaningful use of health information technology."

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LIS technologies must grow into the 21st century

 By Jack Darnell, June 2010

DarnellOperating a laboratory in the 1990s and beyond will require managers — and laboratory information systems — to closely consider four trends: quality outcomes measurement, patient view of clinical information, point-of-care testing and community health networks.

In the 1970s, a few forward-thinking healthcare institutions took a bold leap into the future by implementing a system to automate and track certain tests and procedures in their laboratories.

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The readers have spoken

 By Phil Colpas, June 2010

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  Thought Leaders

Eligibility screening a tourniquet for EDs

 By Mary Tackbary, June 2010


Due to uncompensated care, many hospitals are losing money from their emergency departments (EDs). Eligibility screening can help reverse the trend.

Many uninsured patients do not know that they may qualify for a range of public and private healthcare programs. Screening ED patients to determine health-insurance eligibility for programs, such as Medicaid, and facilitating a patient's application to these programs, can provide hospitals with funds to cover otherwise uncompensated care. Allocating the necessary levels of staff and finances to address eligibility, however, is often not economically feasible — and will become less so in three years, when healthcare reform mandates take effect.

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