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December 18, 2012 / Issue 58

In this issue:

Mobile ROI technology prepares hospitals for MU2 compliance

2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services

Ten ways patients get treated better

NCQA awards first ACO accreditation

FAQ: Grandfathered health plans

Many states leaving insurance exchanges to federal government

HHS releases new tools to help providers protect patient data in mobile devices

Reducing waste in healthcare

World's most dexterous mind-controlled prosthetic arm helps paralyzed woman eat gracefully

Popular TV chef recipes 'less healthy' than supermarket-ready meals

Compression wear: Fad or fitness enhancer?

Most popular last issue: Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some docs

Hot Clips: Decision Support


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 Tech

Mobile ROI technology prepares hospitals for MU2 compliance

Points to consider for future release-of-information requirements.

By Bill Sweeney, IOD Inc.

Read the HMT featured article. >

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

6 Critical Tips Regarding Hospital Smartphone Integration

Intelligent Medicine by Design

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

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Software

2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services

Just released, this highly anticipated annual report from KLAS reflects feedback from nearly 20,000 healthcare providers this year about more than 900 software solutions and services. Who’s numero uno? Hint: Epic sweeps eight Best in KLAS award categories.

Read more about this year’s Software & Services KLAS Awards. >

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Innovations

Ten ways patients get treated better

From wireless EKGs to customer service, small steps aim to heal the whole person.

Read the WSJ article. >

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ACOs

NCQA awards first ACO accreditation

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced its first accreditation for an accountable care organization (ACO), providing a three-year accreditation for the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, a network of 20 clinics around Houston, and the area’s largest multi-specialty physician group practice.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Health Insurance

FAQ: Grandfathered health plans

You’ve probably read a lot about how the Affordable Care Act is going to change health insurance, but does it all apply to you? If you get your insurance from your employer, there’s a very good chance that you are in a "grandfathered plan," and that means some of the changes do not affect you – yet.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Insurance Exchanges

Many states leaving insurance exchanges to federal government

Despite years of prodding and pleading by the Obama administration, close to half of the nation's governors will not take a critical step to implement the president's healthcare law next year, leaving the job of running new insurance markets for their residents to the federal government.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Mobile Tech

HHS releases new tools to help providers protect patient data in mobile devices

“Mobile Devices: Know the RISKS. Take the STEPS. PROTECT and SECURE Health Information” is a new initiative that offers educational resources such as videos, easy-to-download fact sheets and posters to promote the best ways to safeguard patient health information.

Read the HHS release. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Reducing waste in healthcare

A third or more of what the U.S. spends annually may be wasteful. How much could be pared back – and how – is a key question.

Read the Health Affairs article. >

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Innovations

World's most dexterous mind-controlled prosthetic arm helps paralyzed woman eat gracefully

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have created a prosthetic arm that is the most sophisticated mind-controlled prosthesis ever created.

Read the Popular Science article. >

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Personal Health

Popular TV chef recipes 'less healthy' than supermarket-ready meals

Recipes created by popular television chefs contain significantly more energy, protein, fat, and saturated fat and less fiber per portion than supermarket-ready meals, finds a study in the Christmas issue published on the British Medical Journal website.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Personal Health

Compression wear: Fad or fitness enhancer?

Is compression gear on your holiday wish list? Read this first.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Most popular last issue: EHRs

Electronic health records breed digital discontent for some docs

Two years and $8.4 billion into the government's effort to get doctors to take their practices digital, some unintended consequences are starting to emerge. One is a lot of unhappy doctors.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Decision Support

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

  1. Collaboration strategies for CDS success
  2. Delivering mobile health using intelligent wireless
  3. Making the leap to real-time analytics
  4. How dashboards can increase efficiency

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