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August 27, 2013 / Issue 36

In this issue:

‘Big Bang Live’ is DOA without proper implementation

15 things to know about the HIPAA omnibus final rule before Sept. 23

Billions wasted on fruitless bid to create paperless vet health records

How to charge $546 for six liters of saltwater

Personal data for 4 million patients at risk after burglary

Emdeon first to launch industry-wide testing exchange for ICD-10

CVS cuts access to opioid painkillers for suspect doctors

Allscripts announces winners of its Open App Challenge

HIMSS14 registration is open: Feb. 23-27, 2014, Orlando

Nurses’ call to action to realize sharable, comparable data

Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, report says

Afternoon slump? How to have more energy all day long

Most popular last issue: CVS thinks $50 is enough reward for giving up healthcare privacy

Hot Clips: PACS/RIS/Imaging


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Feature Article: Software And Systems

‘Big Bang Live’ is DOA without proper implementation

Thinking about launching multiple software systems simultaneously? Think twice.

By Adam Nason, MedSys Group

Read the HMT featured article. >

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HIPAA

15 things to know about the HIPAA omnibus final rule before Sept. 23

By Sept. 23, hospitals and physicians must comply with the HIPAA omnibus final rule, which strengthens patient privacy protections and provides patients with new rights to their protected health information. Here are some highlights from the omnibus final rule healthcare providers and covered entities should be mindful of to ensure compliance by Sept. 23.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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EHRs

Billions wasted on fruitless bid to create paperless vet health records

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense spent at least $1.3 billion during the last four years trying unsuccessfully to develop a single electronic health records system between the two departments – leaving veterans’ disability claims piling up in paper files. This does not include billions of dollars wasted during the last three decades, including $2 billion spent on a failed upgrade to the DOD’s existing EHR system.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Hospitals

How to charge $546 for six liters of saltwater

It is one of the most common and least expensive components of emergency medicine: an intravenous bag of sterile saltwater. Yet there is nothing either cheap or simple about its ultimate cost.

Read the NYT article. >

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Security

Personal data for 4 million patients at risk after burglary

Personal information for more than 4 million patients of Advocate Medical Group, the Chicago area's largest physician group, may be at risk after four computers were stolen in a July 15 burglary of an administrative building in Park Ridge, Ill. The information includes names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth. Patient notification took more than a month.

Read the Chicago Tribune article. >

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ICD-10

Emdeon first to launch industry-wide testing exchange for ICD-10

The company's Testing Exchange for ICD-10 allows providers and channel partners to submit ICD-10 test claims and receive Emdeon claim status feedback. Participating payers can then receive the accepted test claims via Emdeon's easy-to-use, self-service ON24/7 customer service portal.

Read the Emdeon news. >

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Rx

CVS cuts access to opioid painkillers for suspect doctors

CVS Caremark Corp. said last Wednesday that it has taken the unusual step of cutting off access to powerful painkillers for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high rate.

Read the Reuters article. >

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Mobile Tech

Allscripts announces winners of its Open App Challenge

Allscripts announced the winners of its Open App Challenge August 21 as part of the kickoff of the 2013 Allscripts Client Experience (ACE). More than 98 developers answered the call to "Start a Revolution" by creating innovative applications that integrate directly with Allscripts Open EHR software.

Read the Allscripts news to see who won. >

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Events

HIMSS14 registration is open: Feb. 23-27, 2014, Orlando

There's only one place, one week, once a year where you can immerse yourself in all things health IT and stay at the forefront of innovation and change: the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition. Act now for early bird rates.

Learn more about the big event. >

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Information Exchange

Nurses’ call to action to realize sharable, comparable data

In spite of our best collective efforts, and after decades of implementing electronic health records, nurses still can’t consistently use EHR data for research, or for reporting quality and patient safety outcomes.

Read the HIMSS blog. >

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Family Health

Huge shortage of caregivers looms for baby boomers, report says

Americans should expect an enormous shortage in caregivers for older people in the coming decades, with a dearth of friends and family members available to care for the baby-boom generation as it ages, according to a report released Monday by AARP.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Personal Health

Afternoon slump? How to have more energy all day long

You're so predictable. Every day, you run out of steam, lose juice or otherwise hit the wall at nearly the exact same times.

Read the TODAY article. >

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Most popular last issue: Privacy

CVS thinks $50 is enough reward for giving up healthcare privacy

The drugstore chain is expanding its ExtraCare rewards program for prescription drugs, but to join consumers must give up healthcare privacy protections under HIPAA.

Read the LA Times 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. Critical to care
    A comprehensive approach to data management in a hospital environment.
  2. Transitioning to a vendor-neutral image archive
    Utah's Intermountain Healthcare creates an enterprise-wide archive designed to manage data from all PACS.
  3. RIS/PACS Solutions Guide
    HMT's picks for products and services.
  4. Disaster recovery solutions underscore the importance of security
    Regardless of the selected solution, experts agree the most important criteria for a disaster recovery (DR) backup system is that it is secure.

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