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October 22, 2013 / Issue 44

In this issue:

It’s time for a change if we are to achieve what’s possible in healthcare

What to expect from Apple's iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 event today

Top 20 most expensive inpatient conditions

Sutter Health receives CHIME's Innovator of the Year award

CodeSmart Group to co-sponsor free ICD-10 transition seminar

HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov

Shutdown ends, and hospital inspectors rush to catch up

Join the 2013 Intel Online Innovation Summit this Wednesday and Thursday

Francisco Partners to acquire McKesson's Automation Unit

Hackers take control of Internet appliances

A good night's sleep scrubs your brain clean, researchers find

Fitness experts: Body weight or machine weight?

Most popular last issue: 5 problems with iOS 7, and how to fix them

Hot Clips: Mobile Computing


Feature Article: Payors

It’s time for a change if we are to achieve what’s possible in healthcare

Reducing the administrative burden on payors is an important place to start.

By Ray Desrochers, HealthEdge

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Mobile Tech

What to expect from Apple's iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 event today

It's been about a year since Apple revealed new iPads. That can only mean one thing.

Read the Gizmag article. >

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Hospitals

Top 20 most expensive inpatient conditions

The total cost of hospital stays in 2011 totaled about $387 billion, but which inpatient conditions were most expensive?

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Mobile Tech

Sutter Health receives CHIME's Innovator of the Year award

By equipping more than 1,000 home care clinicians with secure mobile tablets, not-for-profit Sutter Health improved access to up-to-date clinical information and enhanced efficiency, resulting in more timely and personalized patient care.

Read the CHIME news. >

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ICD-10

CodeSmart Group to co-sponsor free ICD-10 transition seminar

CodeSmart, an ICD-10 education and solutions group, will be co-sponsoring a free information session for physician practices, hospitals and other healthcare professionals on how to ensure a smooth transition to the federally mandated ICD-10 medical coding system on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at 8:00 AM. The seminar will be held at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah. There will also be a session on how to secure grant funding for staff training.

Learn more about the event. >

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Health Law

HHS brings in Verizon to help HealthCare.gov

The international telecommunications company Verizon has been tasked with helping the government fix the federal health exchange, USA TODAY has learned. An informed source in the telecommunications industry said Verizon's Enterprise Solutions division has been asked by the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the performance of the HealthCare.gov site, which is a key component of the Affordable Care Act.

Read the USA TODAY article. >

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Hospitals

Shutdown ends, and hospital inspectors rush to catch up

The government shutdown was lifted last week, but health experts say that the effects of the 16-day closure will be felt for weeks as state and federal officials scramble to catch up on hospital inspections, recertifications, and more.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Webinars

Join the 2013 Intel Online Innovation Summit this Wednesday and Thursday

You’re invited to the third-annual Intel Health & Life Sciences Innovation Summit Oct. 23-24, a free, two-day online event. The main topics on Wednesday are “Care Networking: Conversations with Pioneers in Putting Data to Work for Better Care” (12 p.m. ET) and “Care Anywhere: Creating a Great Clinical Mobility Experience” (1:30 p.m. ET). Thursday’s main event is “Care Customization: Applying Big Data to Clinical Analytics and Life Sciences” (2 p.m. ET).

Learn more and register for the Intel event. >

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Rx

Francisco Partners to acquire McKesson's Automation Unit

Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, announced last week that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire McKesson Automation, a unit of McKesson Corporation that offers integrated pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals and health systems. McKesson Corporation previously announced its intent to divest this division, which will operate under a new name after the transaction closes.

Read the MarketWatch news. >

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Security

Hackers take control of Internet appliances

The plundering of the Internet of Things has commenced. From a command center in a non-descript high-rise in the heart of Silicon Valley, security start-up Norse has been gathering shocking evidence of hackers usurping control of Internet-connected appliances, everything from Web cams to climate-control systems.

Read the USA TODAY article. >

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Research

A good night's sleep scrubs your brain clean, researchers find

It’s no secret that too little shut-eye can drain your brain, but scientists haven’t fully understood why. Now, a new study suggests that a good night’s sleep leaves you feeling sharp and refreshed because a newly discovered system that scrubs away neural waste is mostly active when you’re at rest. It’s a revelation that could not only transform scientists’ fundamental understanding of sleep, but also point to new ways to treat disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, which are linked to the accumulation of toxins in the brain.

Read the NBC News article. >

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Personal Health

Fitness experts: Body weight or machine weight?

Despite a gym floor bulging with weight-lifting equipment, some fitness experts say the only thing people need to push, pull and lift is the weight of their own body.

Read the Chicago Tribune article. >

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Most popular last issue: 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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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. A cure for the common mobility cold
    Mobility challenges got you down? Total Mobility Management can heal your IT woes.
  2. Healthcare's new magic wand
    Mobile communication is driving innovation and improved care.
  3. No Internet? No problem
    Ensuring access to clinical decision support even when Internet is spotty or nonexistent.

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