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October 23, 2012 / Issue 49

In This Issue

Securing digital assets protects the patient, as well as the healthcare community at large

Are social factors tied to hospital readmissions?

Questions for Medicare in meningitis outbreak

Will Apple redefine 'fun size' today?

Cell phones are replacing pagers in pediatric hospitals

How employers make it hard to find good workers

Redefining medicine with apps and iPads

Rewards to healthy employees ramping up

Local governments take budget knife to retiree health plans

New bill aims to improve RAC program

More hospitals eliminate visitation limits

Fresh lead emerges in AIDS-vaccine hunt

Hospital laptop stolen with 27K patients' personal info

Common workout mistakes

Most popular last issue: Allscripts files claim after losing bid to Epic to overhaul NYC hospital logs

Hot Clips: Mobile Technologies


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Featured Article: Security

Securing digital assets protects the patient, as well as the healthcare community at large

Advice for the CxO from a CFO.

By Stephen Gregorio, SVP and CFO, Verdasys

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Hospitals

Are social factors tied to hospital readmissions?

Beginning October 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) started using readmission rates and patient outcomes as a way to determine how much money hospitals should get paid. But CMS does not consider so-called social factors, such as a patient's living situation or low income, when profiling the quality of a hospital's care.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Rx

Questions for Medicare in meningitis outbreak

Medicare is coming under scrutiny in the meningitis outbreak that has rekindled doubts about the safety of the nation's drug supply.

Read the AP article. >

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Mobile Tech

Will Apple redefine 'fun size' today?

Apple fans can tune in to the company's website this afternoon at 1 p.m. on the East Coast (10 a.m. PDT) to see if an iPad Mini is in their future. Will the long-rumored, 7.85-inch device be available as soon as the first week of November? The event will also be broadcast on Apple TV.

Go to the Apple events page. >

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Mobile Tech

Cell phones are replacing pagers in pediatric hospitals

Many physicians and residents are using their own cell phones to page colleagues, raising privacy concerns.

Read the CNET article. >

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Jobs

How employers make it hard to find good workers

As the job market slowly recovers, many researchers say that companies have become overly choosy and too reliant on technology that won't always spot the best candidate.

Read the Today article. >

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Mobile Tech

Redefining medicine with apps and iPads

The history of medicine is defined by advances born of bioscience. But never before has it been driven to this degree by digital technology.

Read the NYT article. >

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Personal Health

Rewards to healthy employees ramping up

As South Florida employers gear up for open enrollment, some intensify the emphasis on rewarding employees for good behavior. But some punishments await, too.

Read the Miami Herald article. >

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Healthcare Benefits

Local governments take budget knife to retiree health plans

As cash-strapped U.S. cities and states struggle to address gaping budget holes, a long-honored benefit for public-sector workers has come into the cross-hairs of budget cutters: retiree health insurance.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Audits

New bill aims to improve RAC program

Legislation was introduced in Congress last week that would make greatly needed improvements to the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) and other Medicare audit programs.

Read the Michigan Health & Hospital Association article. >

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Hospitals

More hospitals eliminate visitation limits

Hospitals nationwide are changing their policies to allow visitation around the clock in an effort to improve communication and patient experiences.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Research

Fresh lead emerges in AIDS-vaccine hunt

A team of researchers has identified one way the human body can develop powerful antibodies to protect it against the AIDS virus, offering a new lead in the quest for a vaccine.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Security

Hospital laptop stolen with 27K patients' personal info

Blount Memorial Hospital (Maryville, Tenn.) has begun notifying 27,000 patients whose personal information was compromised by the theft of an employee's laptop computer in August. The laptop was reported stolen during a burglary at the staffer's Knoxville residence.

Read the Knoxville News Sentinel article. >

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Personal Health

Common workout mistakes

For most people, unless you continually educate yourself on how to properly train for your goals, it can be hard to know if what you’re doing is correct or effective. Here are one trainer's suggestions on what to avoid.

Read the Boston Globe article. >

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Most popular last issue: Medical Records

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

One of the country’s largest providers of electronic medical records has lodged a complaint against New York City’s 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 system’s 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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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. Powerful stuff: Battery life and charge time for carts
  2. Tablet PCs: More functions, better healthcare
  3. How to leverage smartphone technologies
  4. Getting the lead out: Switching to Li-Nano batteries

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