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July 24, 2012 / Issue 35

In This Issue

Best practices for building and maintaining HIPAA-compliant cloud applications

Insurance sways risk of cancer diagnosis

IRobot to unveil healthcare robot Friday

How fake cancer drugs entered U.S.

HHS: Hospitals ignoring requirements to report errors

A good night’s sleep could keep you out of a nursing home

Hospitals' readmission rates not budging

Meet a new breed of medical professional: The health coach

User fees for medical devices: Third time lucky?

Life Technologies first to enter X-Prize 100 over 100 $1000 genomes challenge

7 mobile apps that make fitness fun

Most popular last issue: Invention claims to make iPads waterproof

Hot Clips: Decision Support


White Paper

Not all ICD-10 Codes are Created Equal

If migrating to ICD-10 were as simple as swapping out each ICD-9 code for its one corresponding ICD-10 code, there wouldn’t be much debate about a realistic deadline. But it’s not that simple. Or easy. Your organization has multiple mandates, limited resources and—let’s not forget—huge financial and operational exposure from ICD-10 itself. But what if there were a way to “visualize” that risk and take necessary steps to minimize it?

Download this whitepaper and find out how providers like you can achieve neutrality in their transition to ICD-10. You’ll learn how to use your own data to assess your organization’s specific risk and then leverage technology to automate your ICD-10 transition where it makes sense.

Read the white paper >


Featured Article: Cloud Computing

Best practices for building and maintaining HIPAA-compliant cloud applications

How to successfully implement a HIPPA-compliant cloud solution that meets business goals.

By Lisa O’Neil, vice president of enterprise consulting, Control Group

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Insurance

Insurance sways risk of cancer diagnosis

A new study suggests that the next strongest risk for a diagnosis of late-stage cervical cancer, after increasing age, is the patient's insurance status.

Read the NYT article. >

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Robotics

IRobot to unveil healthcare robot Friday

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot Corp. will unveil its most humanlike device yet this week: a 5-foot, 4-inch tall mobile robot that allows doctors to examine diagnostic data in real time and interact with patients anywhere in the world.

Read the Mass High Tech article. >

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Rx

How fake cancer drugs entered U.S.

From the outskirts of Winnipeg, Kris Thorkelson's Canada Drugs grew to become a vital link for American consumers stung by high drug prices. The Internet pharmacy had by the middle part of the last decade filled millions of U.S. prescriptions with low-cost, Canadian supplies of everything from Pfizer Inc.'s cholesterol pill Lipitor to GlaxoSmithKline PLC's asthma treatment Advair.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Hospitals

HHS: Hospitals ignoring requirements to report errors

Hospitals are ignoring state regulations that require them to report cases in which medical care harmed a patient, making it almost impossible for healthcare providers to identify and fix preventable problems, a report by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general shows.

Read the USA TODAY article. >

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Wellness

A good night’s sleep could keep you out of a nursing home

Scientists have discovered another possible benefit of a night of restful and uninterrupted sleep. According to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, fragmented or interrupted sleep could predict future placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility.

Read the Johns Hopkins article. >

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Hospitals

Hospitals' readmission rates not budging

The nation's hospitals are making little headway in reducing the frequency at which patients are readmitted despite a campaign by the government and the threat of financial penalties, according to Medicare data released last Thursday.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Professions

Meet a new breed of medical professional: The health coach

Health coaches are a new kind of health professional, and it's their job to help people make those easy-to-say, hard-to-do behavioral changes that promote good health: getting enough exercise, eating a balanced diet and managing stress.

Read the KHN article. >

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Med Devices

User fees for medical devices: Third time lucky?

President Obama just signed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The Act includes the third authorization of user fees, paid by the medical-device industry to the FDA, so that the FDA can improve its performance in licensing new medical devices.

Read the Forbes article. >

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Innovations

Life Technologies first to enter X-Prize 100 over 100 $1000 genomes challenge

The Archon Genomics X PRIZE consists of a challenge to sequence 100 complete human genomes of people who are over 100 years old in one month for $100 or less per genome. The contest was announced in 2006, at a time when it would have cost $100 million and taken 33 years to meet this challenge.

Read the Medgadget article. >

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Apps

7 mobile apps that make fitness fun

People are more likely to do a task more often if they’re having fun while doing so. Sounds obvious, right? The Mayo Clinic assures us that the same simple principle applies to exercise.

Read the Health On A Budget article. >

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Devices

Invention claims to make iPads waterproof

Seal Shield has introduced what it is calling the world's first iPhone and iPad waterproofing solution with antimicrobial product protection. SEAL SHIELDS are form-fitting, polyurethane covers that make iPhones and iPads 100% waterproof, washable and disinfectable.

Read the MacNews article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Decision Support

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning decision support, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Solution helps shorten referral wait times
    University Health System uses referral-automation and decision-support software to reduce wait times for specialty care.
  2. Collaboration strategies for CDS success
    Evidence-based CDS has the potential to lower costs and improve outcomes by standardizing care.
  3. A critical choice for optimum patient care
    Clinical decision-support technology deployed in critical-care environments is a crucial element to enhanced care delivery.

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