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March 26, 2013 / Issue 14

In this issue:

‘BYOD’ and the mobility debate

As telehealth grows, experts question cost benefits

Group appointments with doctors: When three isn't a crowd

Heart repair breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife

New platform helps Walgreens contribute to reduced readmissions

IOM panel raises concerns about lowering Medicare pay for high spending areas

The face of future healthcare

Q&A: On health data 'we can't dream big enough'

Study says medical device interoperability could save $30 billion a year

New model predicts hospital readmission risk

Fewer hours for doctors-in-training leading to more mistakes

Most popular last week: Children's severe food allergies fade after one doc's new treatment

Hot Clips: ACOs


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Feature Article: Mobile Devices

‘BYOD’ and the mobility debate

How to protect PHI while providing staff – and patients – with the benefits of mobile access.

By Pankaj “PJ” Gupta, Amtel

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Telemedicine

As telehealth grows, experts question cost benefits

Monitoring patients at home using modern technology, so-called “telehealth,” is tipped as the next big thing in healthcare, but a new study by British researchers suggests it may not be worth the extra expense.

View the Reuters article. >

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Personal Health

Group appointments with doctors: When three isn't a crowd

In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments – seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them (even if not one on one), increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Tech Advances

Heart repair breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife

Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.

Read the AP article. >

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Analytics

New platform helps Walgreens contribute to reduced readmissions

Loopback Analytics, a care transitions management platform provider, has been selected to provide the technology platform for Walgreens WellTransitions, a coordinated care program that brings hospitals and health systems together with Walgreens to reduce readmission rates and healthcare costs, while improving patient health outcomes and medication adherence. The program includes some novel approaches, including in-room Rx delivery by a Walgreens rep before discharge and follow-up pharmacy care.

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Medicare & Medicaid

IOM panel raises concerns about lowering Medicare pay for high spending areas

An Institute of Medicine panel last Friday panned an idea that has been raised in Congress to pay Medicare providers in some areas of the country less if their regions are heavy users of medical services. The idea is an outgrowth of decades of research into why Medicare spends more per beneficiary in some places such as New York City, Florida and McAllen, Texas, and significantly less in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Read the KHN article. >

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Coordinated Care

The face of future healthcare

When people talk about the future of healthcare, Kaiser Permanente is often the model they have in mind. Kaiser has sophisticated electronic records and computer systems that – after 10 years and $30 billion in technology spending – have led to better-coordinated patient care. And because the plan is paid a fixed amount for medical care per member, there is a strong financial incentive to keep people healthy and out of the hospital, the same goal of the hundreds of accountable care organizations now being created.

Read the NYT article. >

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Information Exchange

Q&A: On health data 'we can't dream big enough'

Pulse8 CEO John Criswell sees plenty of opportunity to harness the data that HIXs and HIEs will have as a means for both bending the cost curve and bettering care quality.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Middleware

Study says medical device interoperability could save $30 billion a year

A new analysis released March 20 by the West Health Institute (WHI) at a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health estimates that medical device interoperability – the ability of medical devices and healthcare systems to seamlessly communicate and exchange information – could be a source of more than $30 billion a year in savings and improve patient care and safety.

Read more about the study. >

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Hospitals

New model predicts hospital readmission risk

In a new model developed at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), researchers help clinicians identify which medical patients are at the greatest risk for potentially avoidable hospital readmissions so extra steps can be taken to keep those patients healthy and out of the hospital.

Read the ScienceDaily article. >

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Doctors

Fewer hours for doctors-in-training leading to more mistakes

Giving residents less time on duty and more time to sleep was supposed to lead to fewer medical errors. But the latest research shows that’s not the case. What’s going on?

Read the TIME article. >

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Most popular last issue: Personal Health

Children's severe food allergies fade after one doc's new treatment

There was a time not long ago when even the tiniest drop of whipped cream could have killed 10-year-old Tessa Grosso. She was allergic to milk, wheat, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and shellfish. But under the care of Dr. Kari Nadeau, a pediatric allergy and immunology specialist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., Tessa has become the world’s first person to be desensitized to more than one allergen at the same time.

Read the TODAY article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning accountable care organizations (ACOs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. ACOs set to expand cost savings
    Looking for proof that ACOs will work? It already exists.
  2. Prescription for ACOs
    Telehealth is transforming healthcare delivery by removing traditional barriers, such as distance, mobility and time constraints.
  3. This isn't my information!
    The impact of accurate identity management on patient safety.
  4. Better health begins with better understanding
    Industry experts discuss disease management solutions.

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