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September 18, 2012 / Issue 43

In This Issue

The role of barcode technology in patient safety and identification

Your smartphone will (eventually) be hacked

California tries to guide the way on health law

Printing evolves: An inkjet for living tissue

Automatic budget cuts will reduce Medicare payments to doctors, providers by $11 billion

If you think we're fat now, wait till 2030

Hope on the horizon for asthma sufferers

Urgent care centers are booming, which worries some doctors

Milk's nutritional value debated as we consume more

Most popular last issue: Should you fire your doctor? 4 signs to watch

Hot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article: Barcoding

The role of barcode technology in patient safety and identification

How barcode technology solutions can streamline everyday processes to keep patients safe and increase operational efficiencies.

By Alicia Torres, Zebra Technologies

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Mobile Technology

Your smartphone will (eventually) be hacked

Security experts have warned for years that our smartphones are due for a major cyberattack. Like PCs back in the early days the 1990s mobile phones are largely unprotected by antivirus software, and they're a treasure trove of valuable information. So why hasn't the smartphone Armageddon happened yet?

Read the CNN article. >

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Health Law

California tries to guide the way on health law

Delay and outright resistance to the healthcare overhaul might be the norm in much of the country, but not in California.

Read they NYT article. >

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Innovations

Printing evolves: An inkjet for living tissue

Biomedical engineers are working on ways to print living human tissue, in the hope of one day producing personalized body parts and implants on demand.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Automatic budget cuts will reduce Medicare payments to doctors, providers by $11 billion

The Obama administration released a report detailing the automatic cuts that would begin in January as part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling made last summer by the administration and Congress.

Read the KHN article. >

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Personal Health

If you think we're fat now, wait till 2030

A report out today projects 44 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Personal Health

Hope on the horizon for asthma sufferers

A UCSF researcher and his colleagues believe they have found a way to help asthma sufferers by impeding the two most significant biological responses that lead to an asthma attack.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Hospitals

Urgent care centers are booming, which worries some doctors

When Emily Auerswald and her children need care for minor illnesses or injuries, they head to a shopping center near Annapolis that has a Starbucks, a Five Guys hamburger joint and an urgent care center.

Read the KHN article. >

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Nutrition

Milk's nutritional value debated as we consume more

While some consider milk a nutritional powerhouse, others see it as unnecessary for good health and question the rationale behind some government-related programs that try to help the marketing of milk.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Most popular last issue: Doctors

Should you fire your doctor? 4 signs to watch

How can you know whether your M.D. should stay or should go? Here are four questions to ask yourself.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. Why your lab needs an HIE
  2. Clinical integration sets the stage for positive change
  3. ACO rule has big implications for IT
  4. RCM a critical component of accountability models

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