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November 13, 2012 / Issue 52

In This Issue

Initial take: The impact of the 2012 election on our industry

States get more time to work on healthcare plans

CMS provides in-depth Stage 2 meaningful-use resources

My DNA results spur Alzheimer’s anxiety at $12,000 cost

Saving lives could start at shift change: A simple way to improve hospital handoff conversations

Passwords make doctors vulnerable, but solutions are easy

Cost becomes bigger question in treating heart disease

10 things walk-in clinics won’t tell you

Head injury, herbicide, linked to Parkinson's disease in survey

Solar power: An alternative device to sterilize surgical instruments in rural areas

Young doctors: Fewer hours means they're less tired, less prepared

Most popular last issue: Lessons from Storm Sandy: When hospital generators fail

Hot Clips: Disaster Recovery


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6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

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 — Silver Cross Hospital as Case Study

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Featured Article: Big Picture

Initial take: The impact of the 2012 election on our industry

With the election season behind us, we can now step back and ask, "What does the outcome of the election mean for our industry?"

By Chas Roades, The Advisory Board Co.

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Insurance Exchanges

States get more time to work on healthcare plans

Trying to show flexibility without slowing down President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the administration said Friday states can have more time to work out their roles in providing healthcare to millions of uninsured Americans.

Read the AP article. >

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Meaningful Use

CMS provides in-depth Stage 2 meaningful-use resources

To help providers better understand Stage 2 meaningful-use requirements, CMS has developed Stage 2 meaningful-use specification sheets for EPs and eligible hospitals. Tipsheets, timelines, objectives and CQMs are also available.

Read the CMS article. >

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Personal Health

My DNA results spur Alzheimer’s anxiety at $12,000 cost

“I may get Alzheimer’s disease, I was told after getting my DNA analyzed. I could suffer the consequences of an abnormal blood clot in my heart or my brain. Or perhaps I’ll suffer from a disease called primary myelofibrosis that’s caused by an overactive bone marrow. All of these were possible outcomes, based on my genetic profile,” says reporter John Lauerman.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Workflow

Saving lives could start at shift change: A simple way to improve hospital handoff conversations

At hospital shift changes, doctors and nurses exchange crucial information about the patients they're handing over – or at least they strive to. In reality, they might not spend enough time talking about the toughest cases, according to a study led by the University of Michigan.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Security

Passwords make doctors vulnerable, but solutions are easy

Strengthening the log-in credentials on your practice computer systems can go a long way toward reducing the risk of online hackers stealing information.

Read the AMA article. >

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Healthcare Economics

Cost becomes bigger question in treating heart disease

The cost of treating heart disease has become a key factor in decisions by U.S. cardiologists grappling with the nation's No. 1 killer.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Emergency Care

10 things walk-in clinics won’t tell you

These family doctor and emergency-room alternatives are popping up in more storefronts around the country – but they differ in price and quality of care.

Read the WSJ MarketWatch article. >

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Research

Head injury, herbicide, linked to Parkinson's disease in survey

Adults who reported ever having had a head injury and who were exposed to the herbicide paraquat had nearly a three-fold increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a survey published Monday in the journal Neurology.

Read the ABC News article. >

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Global Health Issues

Solar power: An alternative device to sterilize surgical instruments in rural areas

Solar power can steam-sterilize surgical instruments, according to a new study – but the contraption needed to do so is certainly not a pocket-size device.

Read the NYT article. >

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Doctors

Young doctors: Fewer hours means they're less tired, less prepared

Orthopedic surgeons-in-training said they were tired less often after rules regulating how much they could work went into place, according to a U.S. survey.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Most popular last issue: Disaster Recovery: Sandy

Lessons from Storm Sandy: When hospital generators fail

In the wake of “superstorm” Sandy, much of lower Manhattan was plunged into darkness. What happened to the patients?

Read the Time article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Disaster Recovery

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

  1. Don’t roll the dice on data loss
  2. Get help planning a data center
  3. A look inside the Vault
  4. Best practices in healthcare disaster recovery planning

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