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October 2010 Features

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  Viewpoint


For HMT's 30th anniversary, pearls of a different kind

 By Phil Colpas, Managing Editor, September 2010

HMT 30th Anniversary


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  Special Feature


Six finalists

 September 2010

After a yearlong contest culminating with this 30th anniversary issue, HMT has selected six finalists from a plethora of talented nominees. To vote for one of the six finalists for Pioneer of Healthcare IT 2010, go to www.HealthMgtTech.com. The winner will be revealed next month.


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  Industry Watch


Ingenix and Axolotl combine

 September 2010


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  Pioneers


Computers in Hospitals, HMT celebrates 30 years

 By Bill Childs, September 2010

Time really does fly when you're having fun. The story of how this magazine came to be actually begins in the 1960s. I was at Lockheed Missiles & Space Company in Sunnyvale, Calif., when a few adventurous entrepreneurs gathered to consider building a medical information system (MIS) and a business office system (BOS). At some point, I drew the short straw to head up the development of the financial information system. Actually, this set very well with me because our clinical team was sent off to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in the dead of winter in 1967 to study the possibilities of an electronic medical record (EMR) and computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system, along with work-flow design and clinical process optimization.


Tagged:    Pioneers   Anniversary


  Pioneers


What if healthcare’s Holy Grail is a paper cup?

 By Damon Braly, September 2010

bralyAt times, it feels as if I've made a career out of writing about the healthcare industry's quest to rid itself of paper. It started back in the mid 1990s when I served a brief stint as editor of this magazine. I left the magazine in 1996 to create my company that focuses on writing about health information technology (IT), and I have been doing that ever since. On a fundamental level, the recurring theme in most of the topics that I've written about during the past 16 years entails some clinical, financial or operational component that focuses on using technology to reduce or eliminate paper-based processes.


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  Pioneers


Up from the basement

 By Michael E. Hilts, September 2010

hiltsHistory. We're told to know it, to remember it, or be "condemned to repeat it."

The good news about healthcare IT's history of the past 30 years: it's not possible to repeat. The landscape has changed too much, on too many fronts. There will be no return to the era of green bar reports, green screens and dumb terminals. Even as all the software, hardware and IT architectures have changed, so has healthcare itself. America has gone through a roller coaster of changes, trying to find the right model under which to deliver and pay for care, going from fee for service, to managed care, to patient-centric concepts.


Tagged:    Pioneers


  EMR / EHR


Important topics seldom discussed at EHR conferences

 By Arthur Gasch and Bill Andrew, September 2010

gasch-andrewIt's what we don't hear at EHR and HIE conference presentations that gets our attention. We hear the assertion that Web-based EHRs are superior to other alternatives for smaller practices, but we don't hear much about their bad points. One provider's solution is another provider's problem — particularly when 100,000 primary care physicians (known as priority primary care physicians, or PPCPs, when they sign up with regional extension centers) are involved. The "single-deployment approach is best for everyone" assertion being propagated is a dangerous and potentially expensive myth. In our opinion, there are three major deployment approaches each practice should consider.


Tagged:    EMR / EHR


  Infrastructure


Avoid being the next data-security-breach headline

 By Jim Kegley, September 2010

kegleyFor healthcare management managers and executives, it almost seems impossible. Everyone is buying fancy new biometric scanners, fisheye lenses and other security devices. They're upgrading to the newest encryption techniques and working every day to secure information against loss — and yet, in first quarter 2010, the Open Security Foundation recorded over 30 data loss incidents by healthcare groups.


Tagged:    Infrastructure


  EMR / EHR


Securing EMRs is one simple call away

 September 2010

One of the chief concerns of widespread implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs) is how to secure those records. With the volume of electronic data growing exponentially and access points expanding outside the hospital walls, securing access to hospital networks and the protected health records they contain requires strong, two-factor authentication. However, solutions like security tokens are costly to implement and a pain for IT departments and end users.


Tagged:    EMR / EHR


  Revenue Cycle Management


The perfect storm

 By Anne Brown, September 2010

brownToday, more than ever, healthcare providers across the board are experiencing a minimum 10 percent rise in their self-pay accounts, accumulating more than 20 percent of overall accounts receivable. Historically, this rise has been fairly gradual and expected. Unlike before, however, there are more impactful forces in the market contributing to this phenomenon. Within the next four years, self-pay patient liability will be one of the leading receivables in healthcare. So what are some of the critical market drivers that are catapulting self-pay to the forefront?


Tagged:    Revenue Cycle Management


  EMR / EHR


Connecticut hospitals pilot first statewide HIE

 By Tony Ryzinski, September 2010

ryzinskiConnecticut's first health information exchange (HIE) moved recently from inception into piloting when a network of hospitals and clinics began sharing patient data as part of a project that will connect several federally qualified health centers to the exchange.

Among those participating in the pilot project is Staywell Health Care of Waterbury, Conn., one of two qualified health centers in the state, participating in part because the clinic is one of the few to have adopted electronic health records (EHR). The clinic moved to an EHR in July 2009.


Tagged:    EMR / EHR


  Infrastructure


Where does IT go from here?

 September 2010

To commemorate our 30th anniversary in healthcare IT, Health Management Technology asked industry experts about the most significant technologies introduced over the past few decades and what new technologies and challenges they see on the horizon.

The past 30 years has seen a lot of technology change. What do you see as the most significant, game-changing technologies introduced in the past few decades? What technologies do you see providing the most significant opportunity for healthcare providers going forward?


Tagged:    Infrastructure


  Products and Services


Monitor cardiac patients remotely

 September 2010


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  Products and Services


Build image-enabled EHRs

 September 2010


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Full HD collaboration

 September 2010


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  Products and Services


Procedures consult on the go

 September 2010


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  Products and Services


Mobile shelter cabinet enclosure

 September 2010


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  Products and Services


Meaningful-use software

 September 2010


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  Products and Services


Amazing charts and more

 September 2010


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  Products and Services


Integrated rack PDU and management

 September 2010


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Electronic order set solution

 September 2010


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More powerful Soarian Clinicals

 September 2010


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Simplify test selection

 September 2010


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Create an all-wireless enterprise

 September 2010


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  Thought Leaders


Patients seek meaningful use, too

 By Ryan Sorrels and Theresa McGillvray-Dodd, September 2010

As providers race to accomplish "meaningful use" by the impending deadlines, attention is generally focused on integration, back-end processes and IT infrastructure. While this is certainly understandable given the effort that must take place in these areas, the patient's perspective is often overlooked. Despite the industry's focus on the ultimate benefits electronic health records (EHRs) provide, consumer support for the technology remains relatively low. According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, only 26 percent of respondents said they want their medical records digitized and only 40 percent believe they will result in more efficient care delivery. Providers can create a competitive advantage and increase the potential for a successful EHR implementation by directly involving the patient.


Tagged:    Thought Leaders