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June 11, 2013 / Issue 25

In this issue:

Insight and automation at Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital

13 tips to ease the ICD-10 switch

ANI: The 2013 HFMA National Institute

RAND: 'Workplace wellness' fails bottom line, waistlines

Apple announces major iOS redesign, 10 new features

Entrepreneurs at health 'Datapalooza' ask feds for more data

Planners expect glitches in health-exchange sites

Most doctors don’t meet U.S. push for electronic records

How to introduce electronic documentation

Mandatory flu vaccination of healthcare personnel does not lead to worker exodus

Lung transplant vote aims for medical and legal balance on life and death issues

What doctors don't tell you (but should!)

Most popular last issue: Is it better to walk or run?

Hot Clips: EMRs/EHRs


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Feature Article: Security

Insight and automation at Sisters of Charity Providence Hospital

The health system closes security loopholes and automates processes while giving employees more options for managing their own user accounts.

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ICD-10

13 tips to ease the ICD-10 switch

Here are 13 things that two experts recommend providers keep in mind when drafting a preparation plan for rolling out ICD-10 in their organization.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article.>

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Events: Finance

ANI: The 2013 HFMA National Institute

It's not too late! You can still make plans to attend ANI: The 2013 HFMA National Institute, June 16-19, in Orlando, Fla. This annual event presents financial management how-to solutions for pressing challenges like reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles. Check out the just-added sessions.

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Workplace Health

RAND: 'Workplace wellness' fails bottom line, waistlines

A long-awaited report on workplace wellness programs delivers a blow to the increasingly popular efforts, casting doubt on a pillar of the Affordable Care Act and a favorite of the business community.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Mobile Tech

Apple announces major iOS redesign, 10 new features

Apple on Monday unveiled a dramatic redesign of its iOS software, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, that CEO Tim Cook called the "biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone." The software, which is expected to be available to consumers in the fall, is slicker and more showy.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Big Data

Entrepreneurs at health 'Datapalooza' ask feds for more data

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the agency’s latest liberation of data from its vast trove of healthcare information last week, making public for the first time price and quality specifics for 30 different out-patient procedures at hospitals nationwide. But this data stream is not big enough or fast enough for some entrepreneurs.

Read the KHN article. >

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Health Law

Planners expect glitches in health-exchange sites

Teams of technology experts are racing to finish building government websites that will allow people to shop and sign up for health insurance this October. People involved in the effort say to expect some problems, at least initially. "Something will be up and running on Oct. 1," when open enrollment starts, said Dan Schuyler, a director at the consulting firm Leavitt Partners and a former director of technology for Utah's health-insurance exchange. "It will be full of issues, bugs and technological challenges," he added.

Read the WSJ article on iHealthBeat. >

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EHRs and Meaningful Use

Most doctors don’t meet U.S. push for electronic records

Fewer than one in 10 doctors used electronic records last year to U.S. standards, according to a survey that shows the challenge facing a multibillion-dollar effort to digitize the health system for improved patient care. In March, the Obama administration said it was considering new regulations, amid complaints that the systems are hard to use and don’t share information easily.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Training

How to introduce electronic documentation

Boston Children’s Hospital has taken a multifaceted approach to introduce the electronic documentation system to newly hired clinicians via a learning management system (LMS).

Read the HIMSS article. >

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Infectious Diseases

Mandatory flu vaccination of healthcare personnel does not lead to worker exodus

A four-year analysis finds 99 percent get vaccinated; very few employees choose to terminate.

Read the APIC article. >

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Hospitals

Lung transplant vote aims for medical and legal balance on life and death issues

Faced with a federal judge’s order in the heart-wrenching cases of two terminally ill children seeking lung transplants, a national review board sought a balance that will keep such decisions in the hands of doctors, not lawyers or judges.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Personal Health

What doctors don't tell you (but should!)

A top internist shares the insider info you need to get the best medical care – and the respect you deserve.

Read the CNN article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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.

Read the NYT 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. Integrating IT for next-gen EMRs
    Unifying disparate systems and content with the EMR helps providers operate more efficiently.
  2. Empowering patients through advanced EMR use
    The role of patient education and health literacy in patient portals.
  3. 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.
  4. Lessons learned
    How to smooth your EHR implementation.

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