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December 4, 2012 / Issue 56

In this issue:

Delivering mobile health using intelligent wireless

Dentists now get paid more per hour than doctors

State insurance officials raise concerns about ‘rate shock’ for young people

Heart gadgets test privacy-law limits

Social media helps diabetes patients (and drugmakers) connect

Some health exchange plans to mirror federal employee programs

Medicare beneficiaries reach $5 billion in drug savings

Medicare is faulted on shift to electronic records

FDA, medical device industry form research partnership

'Asperger's disorder' being dropped from psychiatrists' diagnostic guide

Clinton releases road map for AIDS-free generation

Most popular last issue: Active lifestyle boosts brain structure and slows Alzheimer’s disease

Hot Clips: Disaster Recovery


White Paper

Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Five Strategies for Success

Powerful industry forces are pressuring community hospital leaders in today's marketplace. While they may appear to work against successful clinical system adoption, they are surmountable. View five strategies we've observed among hospitals achieving successful adoption.

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Feature Article: Mobile Technologies

Delivering mobile health using intelligent wireless

Combining the advantages of both mobile health and clinical decision support can achieve improvements in patient-centered care and healthcare organization operations.

By Eric Abbott, director of product management, ExteNet Systems Inc.

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View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

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

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Money

Dentists now get paid more per hour than doctors

Physicians' salaries have grown at an "anemic" pace in the past 15 years, while other health professionals' salaries have grown much faster, according to researchers from Harvard University and RAND Corporation.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Health Law

State insurance officials raise concerns about ‘rate shock’ for young people

If young adults can’t afford health insurance policies available in 2014 under the healthcare law, state insurance officials are worried they won’t buy them. And that could drive up the cost of insurance for the mostly older, sicker people who do purchase coverage.

Read the KHN article. >

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Healthcare Information Access

Heart gadgets test privacy-law limits

The small box inside Amanda Hubbard's chest beams all kinds of data about her faulty heart to Medtronic, the company that makes her defibrillator implant, but Hubbard can’t easily get that information.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Social Media In Healthcare

Social media helps diabetes patients (and drugmakers) connect

People living with diabetes have created a vibrant online community. Big drug companies are certainly taking notice – and some advocacy groups feel that the Food and Drug Administration should as well.

Read the NPR article. >

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Health Insurance Exchanges

Some health exchange plans to mirror federal employee programs

Healthcare offerings to be available in multiple states through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange system would parallel those of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program in many ways.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Medicare beneficiaries reach $5 billion in drug savings

Since passage of the healthcare overhaul two years ago, 5.8 million Medicare patients have saved $5 billion from prescription drug discounts, and the government can now predict lower healthcare costs based on increased use of these cheaper drugs.

Read the USA Today article. >

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EMRs

Medicare is faulted on shift to electronic records

The conversion to electronic medical records – a critical piece of the Obama administration’s plan for healthcare reform – is “vulnerable” to fraud and abuse because of the failure of Medicare officials to develop appropriate safeguards, according to a sharply critical report issued last week by federal investigators.

Read the NYT article. >

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Medical Devices

FDA, medical device industry form research partnership

The Food and Drug Administration said it has formed a partnership with the medical device industry aimed at speeding the development and review of new device products.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Diagnoses

'Asperger's disorder' being dropped from psychiatrists' diagnostic guide

The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain.

Read the NBC News article. >

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World Health

Clinton releases road map for AIDS-free generation

In an ambitious road map for slashing the global spread of AIDS, the Obama administration says treating people sooner and more rapid expansion of other proven tools could help even the hardest-hit countries begin turning the tide of the epidemic over the next three to five years.

Read the AP article. >

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Most popular last issue: RSNA Feature

Active lifestyle boosts brain structure and slows Alzheimer’s disease

An active lifestyle helps preserve gray matter in the brains of older adults and could reduce the burden of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to a study presented Nov. 26 at RSNA.

By Cyrus Raji, M.D., Ph.D.

Read the RSNA 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. Going beyond disaster recovery
  2. Conquering the complexity of storage
  3. Maximize the effectiveness of disaster preparedness
  4. In pursuit of EMR, Gastroenterology Associates of Cleveland upgrades disaster-recovery (DR) operation

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