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October 8, 2013 / Issue 42

In this issue:

Delivering the flexibility needed to compete

Is this a hospital or a hotel?

In the race for ‘fanciest hospital in town,’ patient safety loses out

Costliest 1 percent of patients account for 21 percent of U.S. health spending

Philips demonstrates medical applications of Google glass

HIMSS Innovation Center VIP grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Oct. 8

Report finds paper-based strategies still a critical element to successful healthcare Information exchange

TriZetto Provider Solutions announces ICD-10 testing schedule

Software, design defects cripple healthcare website

How to help iOS 7 run faster on an older iPhone

Exercise 'can be as good as pills'

Most popular last issue: A password even a hacker supervillain can't crack

Hot Clips: Security


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Feature Article: Workflow

Delivering the flexibility needed to compete

Learn how comprehensive archival processes reduce risk, improve compliance efficiency and make customer communications management more effective.

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Hospitals

Is this a hospital or a hotel?

As the new St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Ill., prepared to open in August, its chief executive exulted, “You feel like you could be at the Marriott.” In the $63 million community hospital, patients all enjoy private rooms, with couches, flat-screen TVs and views of nature. Its lobby features stone fireplaces and a waterfall.

Read the NY Times article. >

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Hospitals

In the race for ‘fanciest hospital in town,’ patient safety loses out

Did you hear about the hospital that spent $100 million to eliminate medical errors? Or the large healthcare system that guaranteed patient safety, fully compensating any patient who was harmed? You might have missed these stories … because they didn’t happen.

Read the WBUR article. >

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Big Picture

Costliest 1 percent of patients account for 21 percent of U.S. health spending

The costly cohort usually battles multiple chronic illnesses, consuming 21 percent of the nearly $1.3 trillion Americans spent on healthcare in 2010, at a cost of nearly $88,000 per person. Five percent of patients accounted for 50 percent of all healthcare expenditures.

Read the KHN article. >

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Innovations

Philips demonstrates medical applications of Google glass

Philips has developed a concept system that demonstrates how the Google Glass head-mounted display could be used to help surgeons. Working in collaboration with services company Accenture, engineers at Philips’ newly created digital accelerator laboratory linked the Google device to Philips’ Intellivue patient monitoring technology, which is already widely used around the world.

Read The Engineer article. >

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Interoperability

HIMSS Innovation Center VIP grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Oct. 8

Experience the future of healthcare technology at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, a new demonstration, exhibition and education facility that allows industry experts to come together year-round to solve clinical interoperability challenges.

Get a preview of what the new center has to offer. >

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HIEs

Report finds paper-based strategies still a critical element to successful healthcare Information exchange

HIMSS Analytics has released a new report on the barriers, challenges and opportunities of healthcare information exchange (HIE). The report, sponsored by ASG, examines the current state of information exchange among U.S. hospitals and explores the opportunities for improving the collection and exchange of patient data.

Read the HIMSS news. >

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ICD-10

TriZetto Provider Solutions announces ICD-10 testing schedule

TriZetto Provider Solutions, which encompasses Gateway EDI, ClaimLogic and NHXS, announced that clients can begin testing their 5010 professional claims for ICD-10 readiness beginning on October 15, 2013, nearly a year in advance of the ICD-10 implementation deadline.

Read the TriZetto news. >

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Health Law

Software, design defects cripple healthcare website

Six days into the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the new healthcare law, the federal government acknowledged for the first time Sunday it needed to fix design and software problems that have kept customers from applying online for coverage.

Read the WSJ article. >

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Mobile Tech

How to help iOS 7 run faster on an older iPhone

There are steps you can take to try to ease an older iPhone's burden in the new iOS 7 operating system. One idea: If you haven't stepped up, hold off for now on the upgrade.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Personal Health

Exercise 'can be as good as pills'

Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study has found. Physical activity rivaled some heart drugs and outperformed stroke medicine.

Read the BBC article. >

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Most popular last issue: Security

A password even a hacker supervillain can't crack

Previously on Showtime’s ‘Homeland,’ viewers watched someone hack into a pacemaker remotely to try to kill its owner. Plenty of the plot points in the addictive and Emmy-winning series strain credulity, but this one, apparently, should not. This summer the FDA warned medical device makers about precisely this possibility.

Read the Businessweek article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Mobile Computing

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

  1. Prioritizing secure data delivery in the age of compliance
    To address breach-via-email threats, healthcare organizations should complement their existing data-protection solutions with outbound email-screening technologies and best practices.
  2. 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.
  3. The endless potential of RTLS
    Asset management and real-time location systems save money, time and equipment.

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