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October 2010 Features

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  EMR / EHR


Whither Healthcare IT

 October 2010

From the impact of HITECH to the industry's perception of healthcare IT, our panel of experts weighs in on some heavy issues:

The federal government's role in healthcare IT continues to evolve; where do you see it heading after a couple years of HITECH implementations? Will a single, lead certification and standards entity emerge after the HITECH dust settles?

 


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  Hospital Information Systems


Optimizing release-of-information processes

 By Bonnie Zahn, RHIA, CHP, October 2010

For almost a hundred years, Underwood-Memorial has been keeping track of patient records, and while the basic intent of this record keeping has remained consistent, the volume of records, the speed with which records need to be accessed and the legislation governing the handling of these records have all changed dramatically. In particular, we have implemented the Cerner Millennium system to help us improve the quality and efficiency of our delivery of care. This new electronic health record (EHR) system has given us the ability to combine operational and clinical information, while accessing relevant patient information.


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  Pioneers


Up from the basement (Part 2)

 By Michael E. Hilts, October 2010

HMT1010_Mike_HiltsHorror stories aside, what stands out as the best technologies these CIOs deployed over the years? For Denis Baker, vice president and chief information officer for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System in Florida, it's a centralized data storage system from EMC. He notes that if they followed conventions of the day, each system would have its own data storage — and its own process for accessing, monitoring, maintaining and backups.

"As we prepared for our EMR implementation, the concept of the longitudinal patient record was emerging," Baker says. "We decided we wanted a system to keep everything, on every patient, forever — not simply the seven years that would meet regulatory requirements."


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  EMR / EHR


Improving healthcare outcomes through EBM

 By Brett J. Davis, October 2010

Much of the dialogue around personalized healthcare, comparative effectiveness research and evidence-based medicine (EBM) has focused on the cost of the scientific and biotechnology breakthroughs we have witnessed in recent years, as well as the ethical, regulatory and reimbursement changes required in supporting this new model of care.


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  Thought Leaders


Integrated health record can show meaningful use

 By Ravi Sharma, October 2010

HMT1010_Ravi_SharmaMost physicians believe that, to show meaningful use and qualify for government incentives, they will need an electronic medical record (EMR) system. This may not be accurate, because several EMR systems on the market today may not certify as EHR Technology under meaningful use largely due to limitations of the client-server architecture. A new type of application known as an "integrated health record" (IHR), offered in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, may include all the necessary components to demonstrate meaningful use. The IHR provides better connectivity and discrete data in comparison to the capabilities of traditional EMRs. Considering the IHR's patient-centric data structure, which accepts information from multiple sources, and its decision support, the IHR may actually offer more to improve the quality-of-care coordination and patient safety than a traditional EMR.


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  Hospital Information Systems


The elephant in the room is administrative work flow

 By Scott Fuller, October 2010

For years, hospital IT departments have been responding to the need to automate clinical systems, such as electronic health records (EHR) and computer physician order entry (CPOE), throughout their facilities. Without a doubt, the digitization of clinical documents is a boon — both for quality of care and increased efficiency.


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  Products and Services


Mobile x-ray systems go wireless

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


LIS software upgrades

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


HIPAA-compliant IP video

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


New LMS platform

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


An Apple a day for doctors

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


Clinician-centered EHR

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


Low-cost, customized HIEs

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


Migrate DICOM and beyond

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


Fully integrated teleradiology

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


Wirespeed Ethernet/packet tester

 October 2010


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  Products and Services


Online training for translators

 October 2010


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  Viewpoint


Technology is here to help us right?

 By Phil Colpas, Managing Editor, October 2010


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  Revenue Cycle Management


Eliminate charge disparity

 By Jaimie Masson, October 2010

The quest for revenue recovery has never been more critical for hospitals. In an environment where every dollar counts, hospitals simply cannot afford mistakes in the revenue cycle management department, and this means particular attention is required in the claims and coding areas. To get it right in claims and coding, organizations need to ensure that their practices and processes are correct, and that they are being correctly implemented across all areas of the organization. In short, they need standards: processes and best practices that are leveraged across the system for the benefit of the entire enterprise.


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  Industry Watch


AHIMA responds to HHS privacy rules

 October 2010


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  Industry Watch


National HIMSS Davies Awards recognize EHR value, improved care

 October 2010


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  Industry Watch


Off-the-record e-mail promises non-documentable communications

 October 2010


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  Industry Watch


NEHI releases brief on comparative effectiveness research

 October 2010


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  Industry Watch


Video on demand aims to educate patients in hospitals

 October 2010


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  Industry Watch


Integrated 3M solution converts healthcare systems to ICD-10

 October 2010


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