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June 25, 2013 / Issue 27

In this issue:

Paging hospital CSOs: We have a code BYOD in data security

2013 Best in KLAS Awards for Medical Equipment & Infrastructure announced

NFL's help sought on promoting Obamacare insurance plans

Brought to you by Obamacare: Better hospital food

Employers test plans that cap health costs

Why every hospital can't manage population health, and why that's OK

Much faster Wi-Fi coming soon

Is your health information worth $225.4 million?

Facebook 'dossier' find raises contact list privacy questions

Sprint launches secure messaging solutions to enable HIPAA compliance

The doctor is in: Virtual therapist to help treat stress disorders

Patients lead the way as medicine grapples with apps

Most popular last issue: Don’t take your vitamins

Hot Clips: EMRs/EHRs


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Feature Article: Security/Mobile Devices

Paging hospital CSOs: We have a code BYOD in data security

Strategies for handling bring-your-own-device information access include secure Web portals, virtualization and risk-level authentication.

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Products and Services

2013 Best in KLAS Awards for Medical Equipment & Infrastructure announced

The 2013 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure report ranks the best-performing imaging, pharmacy automation and infrastructure vendors in the world. This year, over 180 products were ranked.

Find out who ranked #1. >

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Health Law

NFL's help sought on promoting Obamacare insurance plans

Top federal health officials are in talks with the National Football League and other major sports franchises to promote the health law’s insurance marketplaces that begin enrolling people Oct 1.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

Brought to you by Obamacare: Better hospital food

When Lauren Heath learned she had to spend an extra day in Rex Hospital after delivering her baby girl in May, she wasn't complaining. "It means I get three more, really good meals," said Heath, 29, of Wake Forest, N.C. "The food is amazing." Rex, part of the University of North Carolina Health System, is one of a growing number of hospitals nationwide that are tossing out their fryers and adopting hotel-style "room service" where patients can order food anytime from a large menu. Administrators say the focus on food has taken on extra importance since Medicare last year began paying them based partly on their patient satisfaction scores.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Workplace Health

Employers test plans that cap health costs

Hoping to cut medical costs, employers are experimenting with a new way to pay for healthcare, telling workers that their company health plan will pay only a fixed amount for a given test or procedure, like a CT scan or knee replacement.

Read the NYT article. >

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Hospitals

Why every hospital can't manage population health, and why that's OK

Improving population health is one of the triple aims of healthcare reform, along with increasing healthcare quality and lowering cost. However, every hospital does not currently have the capabilities to manage population health, according to Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO of the affiliated network of Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health and Newport Beach, Calif.-based Hoag.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Wireless

Much faster Wi-Fi coming soon

A new, faster version of Wi-Fi was officially rubber-stamped last Wednesday. The latest Wi-Fi technology, called "802.11ac," offers speeds of up to 1.3 Gigabits per second. That's fast enough to transfer an entire high-definition movie to a tablet in under four minutes.

Read the CNN article. >

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Security

Is your health information worth $225.4 million?

Authors of the new HIPAA OMNIBUS Rule think so.

Read the SecureState blog post. >

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Security

Facebook 'dossier' find raises contact list privacy questions

Given the lack of privacy, people need to separate their personal contact lists from their business address book, one analyst says.

Read the CSO article. >

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Messaging

Sprint launches secure messaging solutions to enable HIPAA compliance

For those providing a healthcare service involving protected health information (PHI), sending a common text message may be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and can lead to serious legal consequences. Sprint has announced the availability of TigerText and Sprint Enterprise Messenger-Secure to address this challenge.

Read about Sprint's new offerings. >

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Research

The doctor is in: Virtual therapist to help treat stress disorders

Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Sciences (ICT) are developing a virtual therapist that can identify signs of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Read the GizMag article. >

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Personal Health/Mobile Apps

Patients lead the way as medicine grapples with apps

Health apps like MyFitnessPal are turning smartphones and tablets into exercise aids, blood pressure monitors and even devices that transmit an electrocardiogram. But the explosion of apps is way ahead of tests to determine which ones work.

Read the NPR article. >

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Most popular last issue: Personal Health

Don’t take your vitamins

Could taking megavitamins actually increase your risk of cancer and heart disease – and shorten your life?

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. Turning CIOs into chief interoperability officers
    New survey stresses the need for health IT collaboration.
  2. Beyond the EHR
    Examining the next technology drivers in healthcare improvement.
  3. 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.
  4. This isn't my information!
    The impact of accurate identity management on patient safety.

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