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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Thanks for all the great feedback and correspondence to HealthLeaders IT. My recent critique of the HIMSS08 keynote speakers drew the most heated correspondence. Curiously, readers within the industry praised me, while those outside healthcare took me to task--some in unprintable ways! Typifying the first group was Brian Patty, MD, the chief medical informatics officer at St. Paul-based HealthEast Care System. At the other end of the spectrum is Chuck Fisher, who runs a catering business in Memphis. Also included are other letters responding to my recent columns. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
November 27, 2007
Editor's Picks
Monitoring from afar, 'eICUs' fill medical gap
Necessity is the mother of invention, as demonstrated by the concept of the e-ICU. Having a remote viewing area connected to multiple patient beds enables hospitals to make better use of the knowledge of their hard-to-find intensivists. This Boston Globe article looks at an effort at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Here's some additional coverage I provided earlier this year for HealthLeaders magazine. [Read More]

North Carolina patient records migrate slowly to digital format
Here's an update on physician EMR adoption in North Carolina. Two hospitals are attempting to drive adoption, says this article in HealthImaging News. Alas, there is one tell-tale sentence: "The two hospital systems will not immediately link to one another or to other practices." This may just simply be a case of crawl before walk. Or perhaps, "not with my data you don't!" [Read More]

Rural health groups to get millions from FCC
The Federal Communications Commission has announced $417 million in funding to help rural healthcare groups. The funds will be used to build high-speed Internet networks to connect isolated clinics to medical resources in urban areas. I'm not a big fan of government involvement in funding IT, as it may just create dependency. However, dollars laid for infrastructure like this set the stage for future growth. And rural hospitals surely need the help. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
California children's hospital to get nearly $1.1M from HP foundation
San Francisco Business Times - November 27, 2007

Budget office downplays EHRs' effect on reducing health costs
Nashville Business Journal - November 27, 2007

University of Kansas Hospital launches electronic record system
Kansas City Star - November 27, 2007
Events & Product News
Certification body OKs first inpatient EHRs

Consulting firm ranks the records vendors

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana signs with Medecision

Developer of BioArtificial Kidney expands into Oakland County, MI
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HealthLeaders November 200720 People Who Make Healthcare Better
Who is finding innovative solutions to healthcare's myriad problems? Who is showing courage in the face of daunting challenges? In short, who is genuinely making a difference? The HealthLeaders 20 offers a snapshot of people in the industry who have made healthcare better. [Read More]
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    Moving to the "Right Thing"
    The "right thing" is now emerging in a new form of automated recordkeeping: the Electronic Health Record, says contributor Don Thomas. [Read More]
    Time for a Hill-Burton Approach to Health IT
    Bruce McPherson, president and CEO of the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care, argues that a Hill-Burton model for financing IT will provide a prodigious return in efficiency and quality for a very modest outlay. [Read More]
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