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May 28, 2013 / Issue 23

In this issue:

Going paperless

Expert predicts 'meaningful-use fatigue' in 2015

Incentives push doctors to electronic medical records

As budget cuts strike, HHS looks to the cloud

In case of tornado, EHRs can be just the prescription

ERs account for half of hospital admissions, study says

Cheaper than anticipated: California reveals prices for health insurance under Obamacare

Pentagon to seek new records system for vets' healthcare, says it wonít solve claims backlog

The most expensive hospital in America

HIPAA: Disabled firewall burns Idaho State University to the tune of $400,000

Lack of strength training is most common U.S. health vice

Bust a move, not a bone: Injuries from Zumba on the rise

Most popular last issue: EHR dissatisfaction: A tech or people problem?

Hot Clips: Telemedicine


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Feature Article: Document Management

Going paperless

Should you choose a cloud-based electronic document management system or an on-premise one?

By Andrew Bailey, Cabinet Document Management Solutions

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Meaningful Use

Expert predicts 'meaningful-use fatigue' in 2015

Most healthcare organizations participating in the meaningful-use incentive program are focused right now on achieving Stages 1 or 2, but the MU program goes on long past that, says one expert. Laura Kreofsky, principal at Impact Advisors and lead of the groupís meaningful-use service line, is also the program director for California-based Sutter Healthís MU program. As she describes it, she does nothing but work, eat, sleep and dream MU.

Read the Government Health IT article. >

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EHRs

Incentives push doctors to electronic medical records

More than half of doctors' offices and 80 percent of hospitals that provide Medicare or Medicaid will have electronic health records by the end of the year, the Department of Health and Human Services announced last Wednesday.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Virtualization

As budget cuts strike, HHS looks to the cloud

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for cost savings in the cloud as it weathers painful budget cuts.

Read the WSJ article. >

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EHRs

In case of tornado, EHRs can be just the prescription

Everyone expects a hospital to be ready to jump into action when disaster strikes. But what about when the disaster devastates the hospital itself?

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

ERs account for half of hospital admissions, study says

Emergency rooms account for about half of the nationís hospital admissions and accounted for virtually all of the rise in admissions between 2003 and 2009, according to a study released last week.

Read the NYT article. >

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Health Law

Cheaper than anticipated: California reveals prices for health insurance under Obamacare

California unveiled prices last Thursday that consumers will pay for a selection of health plans offered through the state under the Affordable Care Act, providing a glimpse into how healthcare reform may look as it is rolled out across the nation. The prices in California, along with those announced in Washington, Vermont and other states, show that premiums under Obamacare can be more affordable than had previously been thought.

Read the Chicago Tribune article. >

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Records Systems

Pentagon to seek new records system for vets' healthcare, says it wonít solve claims backlog

The Pentagon has decided to buy a new computerized health records system to be able to better share and merge its data with the Department of Veterans Affairs, but officials cautioned that it was part of a ďlong-term modernizationĒ effort and would not help ease the backlog in VA disability claims. Veterans groups and congressional lawmakers have criticized the VA for the number of disability claims pending longer than 125 days Ė about 570,000, nearly two-thirds of all claims pending.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Hospitals

The most expensive hospital in America

According to a New York Times analysis, the most expensive hospital in the country billed Medicare the highest amounts for nearly one-quarter of the most common hospital procedures. Can you guess what facility holds this record?

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Data Protection

HIPAA: Disabled firewall burns Idaho State University to the tune of $400,000

Idaho State University has agreed to pay $400,000 to the U.S. Department of Health Human Services to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule. The settlement involves the breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) of approximately 17,500 patients at ISUís Pocatello Family Medicine Clinic.

Read the HHS article. >

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Personal Health

Lack of strength training is most common U.S. health vice

Have you lifted weights today? Odds are, the answer is no. A new report on Americansí health vices says failure to do strength-training exercises is far more common than the more obvious bad behaviors of smoking, heavy drinking, being a couch potato and staying up way too late.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Personal Health

Bust a move, not a bone: Injuries from Zumba on the rise

Zumba may be a great way to "party yourself into shape," but according to a number of doctors, the wildly popular dance-fitness program may also be a good way to party yourself into pain.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Most popular last issue: EHRs

EHR dissatisfaction: A tech or people problem?

Doctors and nurses really donít like their new electronic health records systems. And, as EHR implementations increase ahead of government deadlines for incentive dollars, dissatisfaction among clinicians is growing. The problem might be that EHR implementation is treated as a purely technological issue when in reality it is a workforce issue.

Read the Government Health IT 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. HMTís 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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