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The Mind (and Heart) of a Good Leader
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Last week I wrote about what makes a good team. This week, I'm in Chicago at HealthLeaders Media's Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Annual Conference, surrounded by award-winning leaders, which got me thinking: What makes a good leader? And I'm not the only one asking this question. [Read More]
  Oct. 12, 2007

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Microsoft rolls out personal health records
Microsoft announced the launch of HealthVault, a free personal health record and health information search database on the Web that has been approved by a bevy of organizations--such as the Coalition for Patient Privacy and the American Heart Association--who are creating add-ons and tie-ins in anticipation of consumer adoption of the technology. Beyond vendor and organization partnerships, Microsoft anticipates cooperation from some of the largest healthcare providers in the country, such as the Mayo Clinic. Physicians will also be enticed to explore HealthVault's utility in the ability to analyze tests and send lab results directly to patients, improving continuity of care. [Read More]
FDA cautioning cardiologists over equipment
Regulators from the Food and Drug Administration are concerned over the recent rise in deaths from certain imaging agents typically used to diagnose heart problems, and will be cautioning cardiologists about the risks and guidelines necessary when using the contrast agents. The products are expected to carry a "black box" warning, the strongest type for medical products, according to several sources, including The Wall Street Journal. The vendors are on pins and needles waiting to hear what the FDA has to say. In fact, one contrast agent, Optison, was recalled by GE Healthcare in November 2005 but was to be relaunched this fall. Let's hope they have a contingency plan. [Read More]
HIPAA v. celebrity
More than 27 employees have been suspended at the Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, NJ, after potentially violating HIPAA regulations and sneaking a peek at the personal medical files of actor George Clooney, who had been admitted after a motorcycle accident. This information was then nearly immediately leaked to the press, garnering national attention. While neither Clooney nor his companion, Sarah Larson, complained about this infringement on their privacy, it leaves many in healthcare shaking their heads. [Read More]
Uprooted: When patients seek treatment far from home
Patients in ever-increasing numbers are leaving home in search of the best hospital care available for all types of conditions. How do they find out which is the best? They search online for data and statistics on quality, patient satisfaction/loyalty and mortality rates. What will your organization do to meet the needs of these new kinds of medical travelers? (Subscription required to view full article.) [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Health records site raises privacy issue
AP/Boston Globe - October 12, 2007

Medicaid managed care seems to fall short
HealthDay/Washington Post - October 12, 2007
Wellness vs. privacy: Companies' health surveys get cool reception
San Francisco Chronicle - October 12, 2007
The unspoken hazards of nursing: The patients
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - October 12, 2007
Deal over TennCare leaves state $270 million short
The Tennessean - October 12, 2007
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