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Off-the-record e-mail promises non-documentable communications


It is estimated that one in fi ve outgoing e-mails contain content

that poses a legal, fi nancial or regulatory risk for businesses and their employees. But VaporStream e-mails are safe, secure and intentionally not stored or documented – just like a verbal conversation. A VaporStream e-mail does not leave a residual message and vaporizes after it is read. These e-mails cannot be carbon copied, forwarded, saved or printed. The technology uses 256-bit encryption, resides in RAM and the head and body are separated in transit. VaporStream was just named a “Cool Vendor in Healthcare Provider” by Gartner, a leading analyst fi rm. It operates in software-as-a-service (SaaS) mode and integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes and all major mobile platforms such as Black- Berry, Windows Mobile and the iPhone. The service costs $7.50 per month per user. Enterprise pricing varies by company size and scope. More information:

NEHI releases brief on comparative effectiveness research


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 1 — The New England Health-

care Institute (NEHI) released an issue brief, “From Evidence to Practice: Making CER Findings Work for Providers and Patients,’’ that details the hurdles and policy choices to effective dissemination of compara- tive effectiveness research (CER) fi ndings. According to the report, “CER is an integral part of the strategy for systemic healthcare reform outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The 2010 healthcare reform legislation creates an independent entity (the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute – PCORI) to commission new comparative research. It delegates to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) the task of disseminating CER fi ndings.”

The brief outlines a number of major factors found by NEHI research that could infl uence the creation of a coherent and effective CER dissemination strategy, including: existing and anticipated hurdles to CER dissemination; new trends in healthcare improvement that are potential drivers for CER dis- semination; and policy choices for optimizing CER dissemination.

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Video on demand aims to educate patients in hospitals


READING, Pa. and RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 14 — The Reading

Hospital and Medical Center (TRHMC) is imple- menting a system that features video-on-demand access to the hospital’s entire library of educational videos at the patient bedside, simplifying educa- tion delivery for the hospital staff and improving information retention for the patients. The 671-bed hospital’s endeavor is an extension of its Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP). TRHMC has partnered with TeleHealth Services to create the patient education and entertainment experience. The TIGR (telephone-initiated guided response) interactive system is an addition to TRH- MC’s use of evidence-based treatment guidelines to promote consistency of care and positive patient out- comes. More information:

Integrated 3M solution converts healthcare systems to ICD-10

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 13 (BUSINESS WIRE) — 3M Health Information Systems has released the 3M ICD-10 Code Translation Tool, now fully integrated with 3M’s medical vocabulary server, the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary, to provide a single-source solution for translating and converting ICD-9 based applica- tions to ICD-10. The ICD-10 national coding stan- dard is scheduled to be implemented on October 1, 2013 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


“Beginning the transition process now allows facilities to take strategic advantage of ICD-10’s potential for in-depth analysis of disease patterns and treatment outcomes, streamlined and accu- rate reimbursement and overall healthcare quality improvement efforts,” says Ray Terrill, senior vice president for 3M Health Information Systems. More information:


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