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May 7, 2013 / Issue 20

In this issue:

Healthcare social media comes of age

AMA says EHRs create 'appalling catch-22' for docs

60 percent of healthcare workers report burnout

HIMSS Analytics honors three hospitals and an ambulatory Stage 7 organization

How one provider extracted half a million in savings from a supply chain scorecard

Are doctors nicer to thinner patients?

When the doctor is overweight

In hospital under 'observation' care? It can cost you

Call centers for health law marketplaces to create 9K jobs

How the Industrial Internet could help cure the healthcare system

Electronic health information exchange governance framework released

Most popular last issue: Smartphone comparison 2013

Hot Clips: Telemedicine


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Feature Article: Social Networking

Healthcare social media comes of age

How healthcare organizations can plan and design provider communications that align with key priorities throughout the year.

By Mike Coyne, QuantiaMD

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Mobile Technology

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EHRs

AMA says EHRs create 'appalling catch-22' for docs

As the healthcare industry moves to EHRs, the medical record has essentially been reduced to a tool for billing, compliance and litigation that also has a sustained negative impact on doctors' productivity, according to Steven J. Stack, M.D., chair of the American Medical Association’s board of trustees. “Documenting a full clinical encounter in an EHR is pure torment,” Stack said during the CMS listening session “Billing and Coding with Electronic Health Records” on May 3. And vendor templates that are all similar can make doctors appear to be committing fraud by record cloning.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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Jobs

60 percent of healthcare workers report burnout

More than a third (34 percent) of healthcare workers plan to look for a new job in 2013, up from 24 percent last year. Nearly half (45 percent) plan to look for a new job over the next two years. This is according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive between February 11 and March 6, 2013, among more than 500 U.S. healthcare workers and more than 240 U.S. healthcare employers. The study also reports a painfully high number of workers who say they are burned out on their jobs.

Read the CareerBuilder survey results. >

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Meaningful Use

HIMSS Analytics honors three hospitals and an ambulatory Stage 7 organization

HIMSS Analytics has recognized four facilities for creating Stage 7 advanced patient record environments – the final stage in HIMSS’ EMR Adoption Model.

Read the HIMSS news. >

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Supply Chain

How one provider extracted half a million in savings from a supply chain scorecard

Many materials management directors and product managers too often fall into the habit of attaching value to vendors based on a single criterion: price. But price is far from the only input that affects the overall cost and efficiency of a provider sourcing strategy.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Doctors

Are doctors nicer to thinner patients?

Are doctors nicer to patients who aren’t fat? A provocative new study suggests that they are – that thin patients are treated with more warmth and empathy than those who are overweight or obese.

Read the NYT article. >

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Doctors

When the doctor is overweight

A recent study in the International Journal of Obesity shows that patients secretly – or not so secretly – look with disdain on doctors who are overweight or obese.

Read the NYT article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

In hospital under 'observation' care? It can cost you

After Lois Frarie, 93, a retired teacher from Monterey, Calif., spent four days at a local hospital while being treated for a broken elbow and pelvis, she went to a nearby nursing home to build up her strength. But her family was stunned to find out that they would have to pay thousands of dollars upfront, since two of the days she spent in the hospital were considered "observation care." She wasn't an admitted patient for at least three consecutive days, and therefore, didn't qualify under federal law for Medicare's nursing home coverage.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Health Law

Call centers for health law marketplaces to create 9K jobs

The federal health law, derided as a “job-killer” by critics, will create an estimated 9,000 jobs in 14 states this summer to handle consumer inquiries about new online insurance marketplaces.

Read the KHN article. >

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Big Data

How the Industrial Internet could help cure the healthcare system

The Industrial Internet, an intelligent network connecting doctors to patients and machines, has the potential to break apart information silos and turn their dark data into a brilliant stream of bits that make doctors as well as patients smarter about their jobs and choices – and save billions along the way.

Read the GE Reports article. >

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HIEs

Electronic health information exchange governance framework released

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has just released the “Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange.” The framework reflects what matters most to ONC when it comes to national health information exchange governance.

Read the ONC article. >

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Most popular last issue: Mobile Tech

Smartphone comparison 2013

Gizmag breaks down the top smartphones of (early) 2013 by size, weight, storage, features and so much more.

Read the Gizmag article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Telemedicine

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

  1. Preventable readmissions: The care-transition crisis
    Re-hospitalization among the elderly is a serious challenge facing the healthcare system today. Innovative solutions are required.
  2. The key to making telemedicine work
    Successful adoption of telemedicine solutions is all about design and functionality.
  3. HMT’s Telemedicine Solutions Guide
    Latest products and services.
  4. Prescription for ACOs
    Telehealth is transforming healthcare delivery by removing traditional barriers, such as distance, mobility and time constraints.

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