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Wisconsin Hospital's Path Toward Energy Independence
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Healthcare is not known for being an environmentally friendly industry, but hospitals are beginning to challenge that perception. And the hospital of the future—whether it's built from the ground up or retrofitted—will be green. Not just because it's good for the environment, but because it saves money in the long term and makes the most design sense. [Read More]
August 11, 2009  
Editor's Picks
HIPAA Compliance Starts with C-Suite
Here's a good Q&A with Daniel Nutkis, CEO of The Health Information Trust Alliance, by my colleague Dom Nicastro. Nutkis discusses where healthcare organizations are most vulnerable as they scramble to comply with new HIPAA privacy and security regulations. Weaknesses include insecure or unauthorized removable transportable media and laptops, insider snooping and data theft, and inadequate security awareness for the entire workforce, among other items. [Read More]

Blumenthal Touts Cost Savings from IT During Health Reform Webcast
During a webcast on health reform, David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health IT, said that health information technology can improve healthcare quality and lower costs by preventing adverse drug interactions and eliminating duplicative tests. Blumenthal also said that officials are working to make electronic health records secure by implementing advanced encryption technology and de-identifying patient information so researchers can examine data without revealing personal information. [Read More]

Electronic games targeting health have huge growth potential
Electronic games aimed at improving health, such as Nintendo's Wii Fit Balance Board, have "immense" growth potential in the coming years, says Carleen Hawn, co-founder of, according to Healthcare IT News. Digital health games currently account for $6.6 billion of the $42 billion worldwide market for electronic games. That market is expected to grow to an estimated $68 billion by 2012, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Some health insurance companies are already turning to digital games to improve members' health. Humana, for example, is conducting trials of its Horsepower Challenge game, which aims to encourage walking among adolescents. [Read More]

Hospital sees value of error-prevention systems
Many hospitals haven't adopted computerized provider order entry systems and other technologies designed to prevent medication errors, due in part to their high costs. But St. Louis-based Ascension Health, a 67 acute-care hospital system with locations in 20 states, found that error-prevention technologies, though costly, helped reduce the overall mortality rate by 21% in the first year. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Florida Medicaid clients dropped in computer failure
AP/Miami Herald - August 5, 2009

White House using Internet campaigns to try to influence healthcare debate
Washington Post - August 5, 2009

Business Associates and Covered Entities Should Comply with HITECH Requirements Now
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - August 6, 2009
August 18, 2009: Advanced Service Line Marketing: New Orthopedics Growth Strategies
August 20, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Gastroenterology
On Demand: Service Line Strategies Workshop 2009: Spine Care

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Service Line Management
Prepare for the Cancer Boom
With cancer diagnoses set to climb dramatically in the coming decades, aligning the right cancer care team and utilizing the appropriate technology become essential for maintaining a patient-centered service line. [Read More]
IT Forum

Medicare Advantage Cuts Wrong Prescription for Improving Healthcare Efficiency: In its diagnosis of what ails the U.S. healthcare system, the Obama administration is at great risk of making a costly mistake by proposing cuts in a program that successfully addresses a core problem—the lack of coordinated care, say HealthLeaders Media contributors Robert Margolis, MD, and Craig Frances, MD. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Wireless Network Improves OR On-Time Start Rates: Terry Wagner, chief information officer, and Mark Zeman, associate administrator of integrated materials & technical support at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, discuss how a wireless asset tracking system has improved on-time start rates and patient throughput in their operating rooms. [Listen Now]
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