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October 16, 2013 / Issue 43

In this issue:

Automating your document management system

Gloves and gowns don’t stop spread of all infections in hospitals

Pay for hospital CEOs linked more to technology, patient satisfaction than quality, study finds

American Well debuts consumer-direct doctor visits via mobile devices

5 ways innovation could save your hospital

How many people have enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges?

What’s at stake if Congress repeals the medical device tax

Images Without Boundaries: Agfa HealthCare to highlight advances in department and enterprise image management efficiencies with multiple product launches

Breaking through cancer’s shield

5 problems with iOS 7, and how to fix them

Do smoothies make you fat?

Most popular last issue: Costliest 1 percent of patients account for 21 percent of U.S. health spending

Hot Clips: Mobile Computing


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Feature Article: Document Management

Automating your document management system

Knox Community Hospital improves document workflows with enterprise technology.

By Deborah Weaver, HIM director, Knox Community Hospital, and Forms Committee members

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Hospitals: HAIs

Gloves and gowns don’t stop spread of all infections in hospitals

Bacterial infections can imperil the fragile patients at hospitals' intensive care units. And a new study reveals an unlikely spreader: the healthcare workers who treat them. The standard sterile hospital garb typically thought to prevent infections isn’t helping.

Read the Time article. >

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Hospitals

Pay for hospital CEOs linked more to technology, patient satisfaction than quality, study finds

What do hospital boards value in a chief executive? A new study of CEO pay at nonprofit hospitals finds that executives at institutions that have a lot of fancy medical technology and high patient satisfaction are paid more than their peers. But running a hospital that scores well on keeping more patients alive or providing extensive charity care does not translate into a compensation bump.

Read the KHN article. >

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Telehealth

American Well debuts consumer-direct doctor visits via mobile devices

Healthcare just got a whole lot easier for consumers. Instead of searching for a doctor, calling for an appointment, taking time off work and then driving to the doctor’s office, consumers can connect with a U.S. Board Certified, licensed and credentialed doctor right now on their iPad, iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet, as well as via any Web browser. No appointment necessary.

Read the American Well news. >

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Hospitals

5 ways innovation could save your hospital

A healthcare organization that fails to innovate will eventually cease to exist. The healthcare organization that will survive and thrive is the one that can take its available resources and identify new, innovative ways to deliver customer-centric services.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Health Law

How many people have enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges?

Last week, the question on everyone's mind: Which health insurance exchanges are working? (Answer: Not many of them.) This week? With more of those exchanges coming on line, the focus has been on how many people have enrolled.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Medical Devices

What’s at stake if Congress repeals the medical device tax

As Republicans and Democrats have battled over reopening the federal government and raising the federal debt ceiling, one idea that keeps coming up is a repeal of the 2010 health law's tax on medical devices.

Read the KHN article. >

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Imaging

Images Without Boundaries: Agfa HealthCare to highlight advances in department and enterprise image management efficiencies with multiple product launches

Under the theme of "Images Without Boundaries," Agfa HealthCare will launch new products and advanced technologies at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting in Chicago, December 1-5, 2013.

Read the AGFA news. >

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Innovations

Breaking through cancer’s shield

For more than a century, researchers were puzzled by the uncanny ability of cancer cells to evade the immune system. They knew cancer cells were grotesquely abnormal and should be killed by white blood cells. In the laboratory, in Petri dishes, white blood cells could go on the attack against cancer cells. Why, then, could cancers survive in the body? The answer, when it finally came in recent years, arrived with a bonus: a way to thwart a cancer’s strategy.

Read the NYT article. >

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Mobile Tech

5 problems with iOS 7, and how to fix them

The new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 7, was released September 18 to mostly positive reviews. But nobody's perfect, right?

Read the CNN article. >

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Personal Health

Do smoothies make you fat?

For years, the media has forced us to believe sugar and carbs are "evil," will make us fat and should be avoided at all costs. The thing is, there's a huge difference between the naturally occurring sugar and carbs found in fruits and veggies and those found in processed, refined foods and sugary drinks.

Read the U.S. News & World Report article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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.

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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. What you need to know about encryption
    You should start by differentiating between data at rest and data in motion.
  2. Impacts of big data
    The impact of big data and mobile computing on healthcare.
  3. 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’s equipment costs.

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