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July 9, 2013 / Issue 29

In this issue:

Hot-swappable power improves patient care at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

The hospital CEO's ultimate dashboard: What to check daily, quarterly and yearly

Some hospitals dropping out of ACO Pioneer program

Final HHS Health IT Safety Plan issued

British company is awarded contract to administer health rollout

Amcom Software supports HIPAA-compliant smartphone texting at Emory University and Emory Healthcare

What kind of apps and devices do next-gen physicians really want?

Study: Emergency rooms take toll on older patients

Four common EHR errors in the ED

CVS/pharmacy adds Drug Interaction Checker to mobile app features

Lawmakers to NY docs: Screen all baby boomers for deadly liver disease

Easing into outdoor workouts on sultry summer days

Most popular last issue: Digital health records’ risks emerge as deaths blamed on systems

Hot Clips: Practice Management


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Feature Article: Mobile Computing Power

Hot-swappable power improves patient care at Northeast Georgia Medical Center

Carts equipped with HotSwap Mobile Power Systems improve point-of-care workflow, streamlining storage and reducing hospital equipment costs.

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Management

The hospital CEO's ultimate dashboard: What to check daily, quarterly and yearly

The job of a hospital CEO can be overwhelming. There are so many areas to oversee, decisions to make and problems to solve. If you aren't careful, you'll spend your whole day responding and reacting instead of laser-focusing on the issues that drive results.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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ACOs

Some hospitals dropping out of ACO Pioneer program

Almost a third of 32 hospitals and health systems involved in an experiment aimed at changing the way medical providers are paid may exit the program, a potential threat to the Affordable Care Act’s ambitious cost-saving goals.

Read the Bloomberg Businessweek article. >

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Health IT-related incidents and hazards

Final HHS Health IT Safety Plan issued

A plan to guide health information technology (IT) activities across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to eliminate medical errors, protect patients and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare was issued July 2 by HHS.

Read about the HHS plan. >

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Health Law

British company is awarded contract to administer health rollout

Racing to meet an October deadline, Obama administration officials said last Thursday that they had awarded a contract worth as much as $1.2 billion to a British company to help them sift applications for health insurance and tax credits under the new healthcare law.

Read the NYT article. >

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Secure Messaging

Amcom Software supports HIPAA-compliant smartphone texting at Emory University and Emory Healthcare

Amcom is helping more than 520 organizations improve how they work every day with secure mobile communications, and now Emory University is expanding the use of Amcom’s secure texting app to thousands of employees across its organization.

Read about Amcom's latest deployment. >

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Apps and Devices

What kind of apps and devices do next-gen physicians really want?

Build products that are "compelling," not cool. And that's just for starters.

Read the MD+DI article. >

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Research

Study: Emergency rooms take toll on older patients

The majority of older patients who go to emergency departments in several nations around the world are likely to start out with complex conditions that deteriorate after their visits, according to a study published in the June 25 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Read the KHN article. >

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EHRs

Four common EHR errors in the ED

Emergency department electronic health record (EHR) systems have varying functionality that can lead to problems with "physician decision-making, clinician workflow, communication and, ultimately, the overall quality of care and patient safety," according to a report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Rx

CVS/pharmacy adds Drug Interaction Checker to mobile app features

CVS/pharmacy has bolstered its mobile app by adding the new Drug Interaction Checker, which is an industry first that allows customers to easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing over-the-counter (OTC) products with their prescriptions and other OTCs on their smartphones.

Read the Drug Store News article. >

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Personal Health

Lawmakers to NY docs: Screen all baby boomers for deadly liver disease

The New York legislature has passed a bill that would make the state the first to require doctors to offer the hepatitis C test to baby boomer patients.

Read the WNYC article. >

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Personal Health

Easing into outdoor workouts on sultry summer days

Fitness experts say one way for outdoor exercisers who dread the long, hot summer days of steamy runs and breathless aerobics during a heat wave is to embrace it.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Most popular last issue: EHRs

Digital health records’ risks emerge as deaths blamed on systems

Electronic health records are supposed to improve medical care by providing physicians quick and easy access to a patient’s history, prescriptions, lab results and other vital data. While the new computerized systems have decreased some kinds of errors, such as those caused by doctors’ illegible prescriptions, the shift away from paper has also created new problems, with sometimes dire consequences.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Practice Management

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  1. Humanizing healthcare with technology
    Streamlining the clinical documentation process augments doctor/patient interaction.
  2. How ICD-10 impacts revenue cycle management
    Converting to the new code set will touch virtually every aspect of a provider’s operations.
  3. How automation helps steer the revenue cycle process
    While the goal of revenue cycle management remains essentially the same, healthcare reform will make it infinitely more complex.
  4. Painless compliance
    Complying with meaningful use (MU) doesn’t have to be as complicated, costly and painful as it appears.

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