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April 9, 2013 / Issue 16

In this issue:

Clinical engineering’s evolving impact on medical device security and compliance

Walgreens becomes first retail chain to diagnose, treat chronic conditions

Doctors driven to bankruptcy

The smartphone physical: The evolution of the checkup

What healthcare has lost – and gained – since the 1960s

House bills seek to ease meaningful-use requirements

CMS posts 2014 meaningful-use eligible hospital clinical quality measure update

Hospital group says 'alarm fatigue' can be deadly

Nearly 15,000 University of Florida patients could be identity theft targets

CMS Medicare dashboard helps providers manage multiple chronic conditions

Study points to a new culprit in heart disease: Your stomach bacteria

Appetite control could be rewired, say researchers

Most popular last issue: New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


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Feature Article: Security

Clinical engineering’s evolving impact on medical device security and compliance

All about spotting breaches, partnering with IT, managing vulnerabilities and preparing for potential changes to your job description.

By Derek Brost, eProtex

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Primary Care

Walgreens becomes first retail chain to diagnose, treat chronic conditions

It’s not just sore throats and flu shots anymore. Walgreens has become the first retail store chain to expand its healthcare services to include diagnosing and treating patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Read the KHN article. >

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Practices

Doctors driven to bankruptcy

As many doctors struggle to keep their practices financially sound, some are buckling under money woes and being pushed into bankruptcy. It's a trend that's accelerated in recent years, industry experts say, with potentially serious consequences for doctors and patients.

Read the CNN article. >

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Telemedicine

The smartphone physical: The evolution of the checkup

Imagine a comprehensive, clinically relevant well-patient checkup using only smartphone-based devices. The data is immediately readable and fully uploadable to an electronic health record. For real? Johns Hopkins medical student and Medgadget editor Shiv Gaglani says it is not only possible, but may in fact be the checkup of the future.

Read the TEDMED article. >

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The Big Picture

What healthcare has lost – and gained – since the 1960s

In line with the award-winning TV drama "Mad Men," which is set in the 1960s and returned for season six on Sunday night, the Advisory Board offers a special look at how healthcare has changed across the past five decades.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Meaningful Use

House bills seek to ease meaningful-use requirements

Two bills have been introduced in Congress over the past few weeks that seek to ease meaningful-use requirements and penalties for various types of physicians.

Read the HIMSSwire article. >

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Meaningful Use

CMS posts 2014 meaningful-use eligible hospital clinical quality measure update

In the final rule for Stage 2 of meaningful use, CMS outlined the timeline for reviewing and publishing updates to the Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) specifications used in the EHR Incentive Program.

Read the HITECH Answers article. >

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Hospitals

Hospital group says 'alarm fatigue' can be deadly

Constantly beeping alarms in hospitals are being linked to patient deaths and other dangers in a new alert from the Joint Commission.

Read the AP article. >

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Data Breach

Nearly 15,000 University of Florida patients could be identity theft targets

The University of Florida sent letters last week to 14,339 patients of the UF&Shands Family Medicine at Main practice telling them they might be the victims of identity theft. Two people have been arrested, including an employee at that medical clinic, for potentially compromising patient personal information as part of an identity theft ring.

Read the Gainesville Sun article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS Medicare dashboard helps providers manage multiple chronic conditions

A new online data tool from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gives healthcare industry professionals access to current data that can help them better coordinate care for patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Read the HFMA article. >

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Personal Health

Study points to a new culprit in heart disease: Your stomach bacteria

Cleveland Clinic scientists suspect that saturated fat and cholesterol may only make a minor contribution to the increased amount of heart disease seen in red-meat eaters. The real culprit, they propose, is a little-studied chemical that is burped out by bacteria in the stomach after people eat red meat.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Research

Appetite control could be rewired, say researchers

Scientists have identified a group of brain cells that have the power to control appetite and could be a major cause of eating disorders such as obesity.

Read the BBC article. >

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Most popular last issue: Health Information Privacy

New HIPAA rules pose challenges for healthcare industry

As the healthcare industry gears up to comply with new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations that took effect March 26, providers are looking for guidance on how broader patient-privacy rules could affect their businesses.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use

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

  1. Engaging staff to engage patients
    Patient engagement is essential for meaningful use, and studies show it is becoming more definitively linked to consumer satisfaction.
  2. Emerging directions in analytics
    Predictive analytics will play an indispensable role in healthcare transformation and reform.
  3. Meaningful-use implications for selecting radiology EHRs
    For radiology practices, it's important to find a vendor that can unify the EHR, PACS/RIS and patient portal.
  4. Achieve compliance with SNOMED CT
    How capturing problem lists affects Stage 2 MU strategies.
  5. Meaningful, meaningful use
    Moving beyond implementation to strategy and analysis to improve clinical processes.

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