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Six finalists

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After a yearlong contest culminating with this 30th anniversary issue, HMT has selected six finalists from a plethora of talented nominees. To vote for one of the six finalists for Pioneer of Healthcare IT 2010, go to www.HealthMgtTech.com. The winner will be revealed next month.


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Advertiser Index June

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HIMSS10 Products

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HIMSSThis month, part two of HMT's sampling of products unveiled at HIMSS10, which was held at
Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center in March. It featured more than 800 vendors and an estimated 30,000 attendees.

Here is a sampling of some of the many products unveiled at the convention:


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Video System Connects Dementia Patients & Caregivers

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drsaraAccording to Dr. Sara Czaja, co-director of the University of Miami's (UM's) Center on Aging, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, an estimated 22 million family members provide at-home care for disabled and ill relatives. Twenty percent of these caregivers provide care for family members who have dementia. Many of the caregivers also suffer from ill health, self-neglect, a sense of isolation and depression, she says.


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Medical group goes paperless

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Mike Soler, IT systems and support manager for Florida's Intercoastal Medical Group (IMG), says his organization has already transitioned to paperless operations. His group serves the residents of Florida's Sarasota and Manatee counties with six locations specializing in everything from neurology to orthopedics, family practice to internal medicine, and gynecology to cardiology. The group also operates a weekend clinic at its Hyde Park, Fla., location for patients unable to wait for acute, non-emergency medical care from their regular physicians.

IMG handles 85,000 lab tests, studies 80,000 images and logs more than 255,000 patient visits in a given year. The clinics needed a system robust enough to reduce errors and ensure excellent care.


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Filmless & Paperless

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Olathe Medical Center overcomes technical, political and organizational hurdles to deploy one of the nation's first integrated radiology and cardiology PACS.

Many healthcare organizations advocate bringing cardiology and radiology image-management functions together, but the technology and challenges can be daunting. Olathe Medical Center was no different, but in the face of these obstacles, this Kansas community medical center had a vision of including each patient's images in a single patient jacket — one reliable image-management solution easily accessible from any PC, whenever required for patient care.


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2010 January Features

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Forecast 2010: Group Practices

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HCIT Adoption To Spike

By Rose Crane, CEO, Epocrates

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The question is no longer whether physicians will adopt healthcare information technology (HIT), but when and to what extent.

In fact, adoption should escalate in 2010 as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) policy and standards committees define meaningful use, and its impact on the qualified, reimbursed purchasing decisions for many large practices ready to take the leap.

 


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