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June 4, 2013 / Issue 24

In this issue:

Whatís the healthcare industry doing about BYOD?

RFID advance to improve safety of nationís blood supply

ONC releases Direct HIE implementation guidelines

Proton beam therapy heats up hospital arms race

Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

With money at risk, hospitals push staff to wash hands

How to make affordable financing a win-win for patients and hospitals

Federal judge lifts ban on public access to Medicare data

Number of buyers replacing their EHRs up by 10 percent

'Doc-in-a-box' centers on rise for urgent care

Digital healing: How big data helped a Florida hospital get on track

Is it better to walk or run?

Most popular last issue: The most expensive hospital in America

Hot Clips: EMRs/EHRs


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RFID/Tracking

RFID advance to improve safety of nationís blood supply

A six-year collaboration between industry and the University of Wisconsin-Madison RFID Lab has achieved a major milestone, with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearing the first RFID-enabled solution, called iTrace for Blood Centers, to improve the safety and efficiency of the nation's blood supply.

Read the University of Wisconsin-Madison article. >

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HIEs

ONC releases Direct HIE implementation guidelines

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released guidelines for establishing interoperability to "easily and securely exchange patient health information" under Stage 2 of the meaningful-use program. The exchange is part of the Direct Project, which is a federally developed initiative to facilitate the online, standards-based sharing of medical data among healthcare providers.

Read the iHealthBeat article. >

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Radiology

Proton beam therapy heats up hospital arms race

Washington, D.C., is on the verge of approving two high-tech radiation facilities at a total cost of $153 million. The treatment costs twice as much as standard radiation but hasnít been shown to work any better for most cancers.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

Decontaminating patients cuts hospital infections

Infections in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of people each year, and many institutions fight back by screening new patients to see if they carry a dangerous germ, and isolating those who do. But a big study suggests a far more effective approach: Decontaminating every patient in intensive care.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Hospitals

With money at risk, hospitals push staff to wash hands

At North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, motion sensors, like those used for burglar alarms, go off every time someone enters an intensive care room. The sensor triggers a video camera, which transmits its images halfway around the world to India, where workers are checking to see if doctors and nurses are performing a critical procedure: washing their hands. Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital workers wash their hands as little as 30 percent of the time that they interact with patients.

Read the NYT article. >

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Billing and Collections

How to make affordable financing a win-win for patients and hospitals

As more patients enroll in high-deductible insurance plans, hospitals are looking for new ways to improve upfront collections Ė including partnering directly with financial institutions to offer financing options.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Federal judge lifts ban on public access to Medicare data

A federal judge lifted a 33-year-old injunction barring public access to a confidential database of Medicare insurance claims, a decision that could lead to greater scrutiny of how physicians treat patients and charge for their services.

Read the Reuters article. >

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EHRs

Number of buyers replacing their EHRs up by 10 percent

The number of buyers who purchased new electronic health records to replace their current EHRs grew by 10 percent, from 21 to 31 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to Software Advice, a resource for medical software buyers.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Doctors

'Doc-in-a-box' centers on rise for urgent care

The era of the all-in-one primary-care physician may be coming to a close, replaced by a more cost-effective and time-efficient system that matches a patient's need with the level of care. And urgent care, where patients can be seen without an appointment and treated for everything from flu symptoms to a broken bone, is playing a pivotal role.

Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article. >

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Tracking/RFID/RTLS

Digital healing: How big data helped a Florida hospital get on track

GE's AgileTrac software system is helping Florida's Aventura Hospital and Medical Center connect patients to doctors, track equipment and improve care with data from radio and real-time location wristbands. "I call it the diamond bracelet," says charge nurse Cheryl Smith. "You don't want to lose it."

Read the GE Reports article. >

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Personal Health

Is it better to walk or run?

Walking and running are the most popular physical activities for American adults. But whether one is preferable to the other in terms of improving health has long been debated. Now a variety of new studies that pitted running directly against walking are providing some answers.

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Most popular last issue: 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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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: EMRs/EHRs

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

  1. Lessons learned
    How to smooth your EHR implementation.
  2. Integrating IT for next-gen EMRs
    Unifying disparate systems and content with the EMR helps providers operate more efficiently.
  3. Empowering patients through advanced EMR use
    The role of patient education and health literacy in patient portals.
  4. The power of the Purple Button
    With the right technology, healthcare organizations can securely and effectively exchange patient safety information while complying with federal regulations.

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