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Robert Deberry discusses how a Tennessee hospital is taking an alternative road to meaningful use.


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position payers for success in a post-reform healthcare market, according to Dan Spirek.


Katrina S. Furlik, M.D., says innovative technologies


play key roles in motivating disease self-management.


CONTENTS December 2011 Vol. 32, No. 12 EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS TELE-ICU


COMES OF AGE EDIS


PLUS


Health Plan Interfacing Disease Management


Latest Carts/ COWs Products


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Tele-ICU comes of age at Ministry Saint Clare Hospital; pictured (from l.) are Danielle Bloniarz, R.N.; Krista Craft, case manager; David Polomis, M.D., pulmonologist; Julie Beeney, R.N., ICU director.


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Tele-ICU comes of age Studies, hospital fi ve-year results validate effectiveness of the technology.


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COLUMNS Viewpoint by Phil Colpas Thought Leaders: Disease Management by Katrina S. Firlik, M.D.


DEPARTMENTS Letters to the Editor Industry Watch Carts/COWs Products New Products and Services Index of Advertisers


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An alternative road to meaningful use Smaller hospitals may benefi t from this affordable strategy.


Great expectations abound for ED information systems Providers’ expectations for EDIS solutions expand to encompass meaningful use, while utilizing integration-reliant functionality and maximizing physician effi ciency.


Focus on the goal: Be most effi cient How an EDIS can be used to support change.


EDIS heroes need an RTLS sidekick


Many CMIOs are quickly realizing that their EDIS won’t get them all the way through Stage 1 meaningful use.


HEALTH PLAN INTERFACING It’s time for health plans to step up


Flexible, scalable technology solutions can position payers for long-term success in the post-reform healthcare market.


Re-inventing the healthcare broker business model The need for new, cost-controlling technology is becoming even more imperative for healthcare brokers.


Health plan interface issues Plan for the best … prepare for the worst.


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Solving rural America’s healthcare challenges Bunkie General Hospital deploys a stand-alone EMR in its emergency department and achieves signifi cant fi nancial and clinical gains.


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