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August 13, 2013 / Issue 34

In this issue:

When backups are not enough

Mostashari to leave federal health IT office

Mostashari writes touching, relatable departure email

Limits on consumer costs in healthcare law delayed

New iPhone rumors point to a fingerprint reader, plastic 'iPhone 5C' model

Population health management: The ‘next frontier’

When a co-pay gets in the way of health

Data exchange growing through EHR adoption, new study finds

Health insurers tune in to Twitter for customer service

Mercy Regional Medical Center gets Stage 7 award

Inspectors: Fla. surgery offices 'filthy'

Weight Watchers trying to cash in on desire for healthy workers

Is Pilates better than yoga for strengthening exercises?

Most popular last issue: Armed with bigger fines, Medicare to punish 2,225 hospitals for excess readmissions

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging


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Feature Article: Data Protection

When backups are not enough

The vital importance of developing a disaster recovery plan – and testing it regularly.

By Lee Fleming, SunGard Availability Services

Read the HMT featured article. >

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Policymakers

Mostashari to leave federal health IT office

Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the charismatic head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will step down this fall.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Policymakers

Mostashari writes touching, relatable departure email

Dr. Farzad Mostashari used his mother's experience when sick to demonstrate the progress made in information gathering and exchange, care coordination, meaningful use and health IT safety during his tenure as HHS’ head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (2011-2013) and principal deputy national coordinator (2009-2011).

Read the Government Health IT blog. >

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Health Law

Limits on consumer costs in healthcare law delayed

In another setback for President Obama’s healthcare initiative, the administration has delayed until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own healthcare.

Read the Boston Globe article. >

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Mobile Tech

New iPhone rumors point to a fingerprint reader, plastic 'iPhone 5C' model

With Apple expected to release a new iPhone in September, new reports indicate that the next version – assumed to be called the iPhone 5S – will have a fingerprint reader. There is also mounting evidence that the company will release a cheaper, plastic version of the iPhone to appeal to the lower end of the phone market.

Read the ABC News article. >

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Analytics

Population health management: The ‘next frontier’

The imperative to reduce healthcare costs and remedy lack of access and disparities in care have led the healthcare industry to regard population health management programs as a strategic initiative for the future. For the health information management (HIM) profession, population health management represents a new and promising professional opportunity. This trend is highlighted in an article in the August 2013 Journal of AHIMA.

Read the AHIMA article. >

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Insurance

When a co-pay gets in the way of health

To discourage waste, insurance plans charge co-payments. The logic is simple: If patients face costs, they will think more carefully about the benefits. But people don’t always follow a cost-benefit logic.

Read the NY Times article. >

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HIEs

Data exchange growing through EHR adoption, new study finds

New research from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) show that health information exchange (HIE) between hospitals and other providers jumped 41 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Read the HHS news. >

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Social Media

Health insurers tune in to Twitter for customer service

Houston-based Sharon Roberts, who had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer a year before, was surprised when @aetnahelp, the customer service Twitter feed for the insurance company Aetna, quickly responded to her “snarky” tweet. Through Twitter and phone calls, the insurance company clarified that she didn't need to take a more expensive test and then identified that she had been charged double by her hospital for other treatments.

Read the KHN article. >

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EMRs

Mercy Regional Medical Center gets Stage 7 award

HIMSS Analytics announced recently that Centura Mercy Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in Durango, Colo., has received a Stage 7 award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

Read the HIMSS Analytics news. >

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Doctor Office Surgical Suites

Inspectors: Fla. surgery offices 'filthy'

Too many physician surgery offices in Florida are “filthy” and have poorly trained staff, putting patients at risk, health inspectors say. In some offices, floors are caked with dirt, surgical devices are not properly disinfected, no one knows how to run sterilizing machines and the doctors perform procedures after only minimal training.

Read the Health News Florida article. >

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Workplace Health

Weight Watchers trying to cash in on desire for healthy workers

Facing increased competition from free calorie-counting apps, Weight Watchers International is targeting a steadily growing market: employers looking for a leaner workforce.

Read the Chicago Tribune article. >

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Personal Health

Is Pilates better than yoga for strengthening exercises?

The answer depends on what you’re trying to strengthen.

Read the NY Times article. >

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Most popular last issue: Medicare and Medicaid

Armed with bigger fines, Medicare to punish 2,225 hospitals for excess readmissions

Medicare will levy $227 million in fines against hospitals in every state but one for the second round of the government’s campaign to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month, according to federal records released last Friday.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging

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

  1. Making the switch to vendor-neutral archiving
    How to optimize comprehensive data storage for healthcare's new age.
  2. Imaging: Taking its rightful place at the enterprise level
    Image-enabling the EMR leads to increased productivity and efficiencies.
  3. Advancing RIS features while addressing MU
    New business intelligence tools enable improved care and profitability.
  4. The endless potential of RTLS
    Asset management and real-time location systems save money, time and equipment.

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