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January 2, 2013 / Issue 1

In this issue:

Protecting physicians and patients through mobile device management

HHS Health IT Safety Plan open for public comment

House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ bill

Medicare discloses hospitals' bonuses, penalties based on quality

Survival of 'Obamacare' tops list of biggest health news in 2012

The best of Medgadget 2012

When the doctor works for the insurance company

Employers must offer family care, affordable or not

Demand rises for CME linked to physician quality improvement

Mount Sinai Medical Center selected as 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award Winner

Vomiting Larry battles ‘Ferrari of the virus world’

Space travel may be harmful to the brain, study suggests

Losing weight is like playing the piano, says bariatrics expert

Most popular last issue: Best in KLAS Awards Software & Services 2012

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)


White Paper

Navigate the Change in Healthcare

Chart a course to profitability: Unprecedented changes in health care are underway, and arguably no group will be more impacted than the independent primary care provider. Practice profitability is an increasing concern. Without direction and a clear set of objectives and goals, it is simply impossible for any providers to navigate, let alone survive, changes in health care.

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Feature Article: Mobile Computing

Protecting physicians and patients through mobile device management

IT professionals must take the need for precaution seriously when it comes to protecting an organization from the loss or theft of employee smartphones and tablets.

By Custie Crampton

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View the NEW exciting White Papers and Webinars on HMT!

Navigate the Change in Healthcare

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

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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Healthcare IT: Safety

HHS Health IT Safety Plan open for public comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan on Dec. 21. The plan aims to eliminate medical errors, improve the quality of care, protect patients and make the healthcare system more efficient.

Read more about the HHS plan. >

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Washington Report

House passes ‘fiscal cliff’ bill

The House late Tuesday gave final approval to a Senate-backed bill that will let taxes rise for the richest Americans, shield the middle class from tax hikes and extend emergency unemployment benefits, ending Washington’s long drama over the “fiscal cliff.”

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Medicare discloses hospitals' bonuses, penalties based on quality

Medicare recently disclosed bonuses and penalties for nearly 3,000 hospitals as it ties almost $1 billion in payments to the quality of care provided to patients. The revised payments, which will begin this January, mark the federal government’s most extensive effort yet to hold hospitals financially accountable for what happens to patients.

Read the KHN article. >

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Top Stories

Survival of 'Obamacare' tops list of biggest health news in 2012

Find out what other big issues made news in 2012.

Read the MSN article. >

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Innovations

The best of Medgadget 2012

Take a look at some of the most interesting and promising techniques and devices covered this year on Medgadget.

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Doctors

When the doctor works for the insurance company

Some insurance companies are taking a page out of their own history books: running their own doctors' offices and clinics. Though the strategy previously had mixed results, insurers think that by providing primary care for patients, they might reduce costly diseases and hospital stays in the long run.

Read the NPR article. >

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Health Law

Employers must offer family care, affordable or not

In a long-awaited interpretation of the new healthcare law, the Obama administration said Monday that employers must offer health insurance to employees and their children, but will not be subject to any penalties if family coverage is unaffordable to workers.

Read the NYT article. >

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Education

Demand rises for CME linked to physician quality improvement

Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education allows doctors to meet increasing quality reporting requirements from multiple agencies in one fell swoop.

Read the AMA article. >

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EHRs

Mount Sinai Medical Center selected as 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award Winner

HIMSS is proud to honor the Mount Sinai Medical Center as the winner of the 2012 Enterprise HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence. Since 1994, the Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes excellence in health information technology, specifically excellence in use of the EHR to successfully improve quality of care and patient safety.

Read about the HIMSS award winner. >

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Innovations

Vomiting Larry battles ‘Ferrari of the virus world’

Larry is a "humanoid simulated vomiting system" designed to help scientists analyze contagion. And like millions around the world right now, he's struggling with norovirus – a disease one British expert describes as "the Ferrari of the virus world."

Read the Reuters article. >

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Science

Space travel may be harmful to the brain, study suggests

As if space travel was not already filled with enough dangers, a new study out Dec. 31, 2012, shows that cosmic radiation – which would bombard astronauts on deep space missions to places like Mars – could accelerate the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Personal Health

Losing weight is like playing the piano, says bariatrics expert

Losing weight and saving money are the top New Year’s resolutions made every year by many Americans. But both require behavioral changes and a certain amount of discipline.

Read the Newswise article. >

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Most popular last issue: KLAS Awards

Best in KLAS Awards Software & Services 2012

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.

Find out who is Best in KLAS for Software. >

Find out who is Best in KLAS for Services. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. 5 lessons learned: How to build a successful and sustainable HIE
  2. Hometown heroes: Small-town Doylestown Hospital earns distinction for implementing a successful HIE
  3. Why your lab needs an HIE
  4. HIEs: Beyond controversy
  5. What private organizations should know when building HIEs

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