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October 16, 2012 / Issue 48

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Value-based purchasing core measure improvement

Allscripts files claim after losing bid to Epic to overhaul NYC hospital logs

CHIME survey finds IT staff shortages persist at healthcare organizations

Safety-net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies

A closer look at compounding pharmacies

Americans' heart devices reused safely in India

M.D.s using social media, other tech to stay connected to patients

Two Innovation Challenge winners announced

OHSU receives $1 million grant to develop innovative EHR simulations

The doctor will text you now ...

Are you likely to respond to exercise?

Most popular last issue: What your breath reveals about your health

Hot Clips: Mobile Technologies


White paper

6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

Amcom 6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration
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Featured Article: Workflow

Value-based purchasing core measure improvement

VBP as a vehicle for comprehensive process improvement in the perioperative suite.

By Jeffrey Robbins, CEO, LiveData

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View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

Intelligent Medicine by Design

Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Ten Training Keys for Success

Not All ICD-10 Codes are Created Equal

Redefining Value and Success in Healthcare: Charting the Path to the Future Webcast

An Optimized Healthcare IT Network ó Silver Cross Hospital as Case Study

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Medical Records

Allscripts files claim after losing bid to Epic to overhaul NYC hospital logs

One of the countryís largest providers of electronic medical records has lodged a complaint against New York Cityís public hospital system for awarding a $303 million contract to a rival. The company, Allscripts, lost its bid last month to replace the public hospital systemís fragmented and antiquated medical-records system with an integrated system that would link 11 public hospitals, 70 clinics, thousands of doctors and more than one million patients and allow them to communicate with one another.

Read the NYT article. >

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Jobs

CHIME survey finds IT staff shortages persist at healthcare organizations

The need for IT staff at the nationís health organizations remains acute, according to the results of a recent survey of chief information officers, which found that more than two-thirds are reporting shortages on their staffs.

Read the CHIME results. >

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Hospitals

Safety-net hospitals brace for cut to federal subsidies

For more than 20 years, hospitals have relied on subsidies provided by the federal government to help defray the costs of patients who cannot pay for some or all of their care. But that funding is set to decline starting in 2014 with the full implementation of the federal health law.

Read the KHN article. >

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Rx

A closer look at compounding pharmacies

The New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy implicated in the recent, deadly fungal meningitis infections, was apparently preparing drugs for bulk, nationwide distribution, raising questions about why it was not licensed and held to the standards of a manufacturer.

Read the Boston Globe article. >

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Medical Devices

Americans' heart devices reused safely in India

U.S. patients' used heart devices can be safely implanted in seriously ill heart disease patients in the developing world, a study out Monday suggests.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Social Media

M.D.s using social media, other tech to stay connected to patients

Dr. Natasha Burgert, of Kansas City, Mo., uses Twitter, Facebook, and texting to keep in contact with her patients. She's part of a growing number of doctors turning to social-media technology to be better doctors.

Watch the CBS News video. >

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EHRs

Two Innovation Challenge winners announced

New tools to help patients better manage and access information in their electronic health records (EHRs) have been selected as challenge winners by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) during the Health 2.0 Sixth Annual Fall Conference in San Francisco. The Blue Button Mash Up Challenge, launched on June 5, 2012, builds on a prior Blue Button challenge to make personal health information more usable and meaningful for the individual consumer or patient.

Read the HHS article. >

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EHRs

OHSU receives $1 million grant to develop innovative EHR simulations

A grant recently awarded to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will fund research that aims to create smarter EHR systems.

Read the OHSU article. >

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Apps

The doctor will text you now ...

Imprivata Cortext, a HIPAA-compliant texting app for doctors, was launched Oct. 9 for Apple iPhone and Android smartphones. It aims to enhance care by enabling the immediate sharing of test results, urgent patient findings and more, while securing protected health information.

Learn more about this new app release. >

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Personal Health

Are you likely to respond to exercise?

Research has confirmed that peopleís physiological responses to exercise vary wildly. Now a new genetic test promises to tell you whether you are likely to benefit aerobically from exercise.

Read the NYT article. >

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Most popular last issue: Personal Health

What your breath reveals about your health

It's the ultimate noninvasive medical test: A growing number of health problems can be diagnosed by analyzing a patient's breath alone.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Mobile Technologies

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

  1. Getting the lead out: Switching to Li-Nano batteries
  2. Powerful stuff: Battery life and charge time for carts
  3. Tablet PCs: More functions, better healthcare
  4. How to leverage smartphone technologies

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