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April 16, 2013 / Issue 17

In this issue:

The doctor is always in

10 best strategies for infection prevention and control

Big data could mean big savings in healthcare – but here’s what has to happen first

Tele-ICU care questioned

Doctors use brain scans to ‘see’ and measure pain

Say 'cheese': Photos may avert X-ray mix-ups, study finds

Doctor-owned hospitals prosper under health law

Report: Industry falling behind in ICD-10 preparedness

CMS and OIG release physician referral, EHR exception and safe harbor/anti-kickback NPRMs

Mobisante launches Windows tablet-based, FDA-cleared ultrasound system

‘Good’ patients, ‘bad’ patients

Most popular last issue: Walgreens becomes first retail chain to diagnose, treat chronic conditions

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


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Feature Article: Telemedicine

The doctor is always in

Video conferencing technology enables instant access to medical help for people anywhere.

By Dr. Amnon Gavish, Vidyo

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

10 best strategies for infection prevention and control

Four infection prevention and process improvement experts weigh in on the 10 best strategies for prevention of infections.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Analytics

Big data could mean big savings in healthcare – but here’s what has to happen first

Properly exploiting big data in healthcare could mean up to $450 billion in savings for healthcare organizations and consumers, according to a recent report from consulting firm McKinsey. But don’t get too excited yet – that data-optimized future isn’t just going to fall in our laps.

Read the GigaOM article. >

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Telehealth

Tele-ICU care questioned

More than a decade ago, the tele-ICU command center was trumpeted by its creators as the new standard in critical care, a way to save lives and money by stretching the skills of an inadequate pool of intensivists to help oversee more of the country’s sickest patients. Today, with the growth of such systems stalled at about 10 percent of ICU patients nationwide, and wildly contradictory studies about the results, no one can say with authority if, or under what circumstances, tele-ICUs deliver on their promises.

Read the NYT article. >

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Research

Doctors use brain scans to ‘see’ and measure pain

In a provocative new study, scientists reported last Wednesday that they were able to "see" pain on brain scans and, for the first time, measure its intensity and tell whether a drug was relieving it. Though the research is in its early stages, it opens the door to a host of possibilities.

Read the AP article. >

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Radiology

Say 'cheese': Photos may avert X-ray mix-ups, study finds

Although it’s relatively rare, mix-ups of patients’ X-rays can lead to dire consequences. One way to get around the problem of such “wrong patient” errors is to take a photo of the patient’s face at the same time the X-ray is shot, a new study suggests.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Hospitals

Doctor-owned hospitals prosper under health law

Doctor-owned hospitals are earning many of the largest bonuses from the federal health law's new quality programs, even as the law halts their growth. The hospitals, many of which specialize in heart or orthopedic surgeries, have long drawn the ire of federal lawmakers and competitors.

Read the KHN article. >

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Claims & Coding

Report: Industry falling behind in ICD-10 preparedness

A new report by The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discloses that the healthcare industry is not making the amount of progress that is needed for a smooth transition to ICD-10 in October 2014. The survey of nearly 1,000 providers, health plans and vendors during February 2013 shows evidence that the industry is falling behind.

Read about the WEDI report. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS and OIG release physician referral, EHR exception and safe harbor/anti-kickback NPRMs

On Wednesday, April 10, CMS and the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

Read the HIMSS Health IT News article. >

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Mobile Tech

Mobisante launches Windows tablet-based, FDA-cleared ultrasound system

Redmond, Wash.-based Mobisante recently announced the launch of a tablet-enabled version of its portable ultrasound system, which received FDA 510(k) clearance in early 2011.

Read the MobiHealthNews article. >

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Patient Care

‘Good’ patients, ‘bad’ patients

Dhruv Khullar, a student at the Yale School of Medicine and the Harvard Kennedy School, says that sometimes the patients who behave the worst are those who are hurting the most.

Read the NYT article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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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. 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.
  2. Achieve compliance with SNOMED CT
    How capturing problem lists affects Stage 2 MU strategies.
  3. Meaningful, meaningful use
    Moving beyond implementation to strategy and analysis to improve clinical processes.
  4. Engaging staff to engage patients
    Patient engagement is essential for meaningful use, and studies show it is becoming more definitively linked to consumer satisfaction.
  5. Emerging directions in analytics
    Predictive analytics will play an indispensable role in healthcare transformation and reform.

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