HealthLeaders Media IT - November 13, 2007 | Dubious Data
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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

My U.S. News & World Report arrived, announcing the "best hospitals" in America. I immediately looked to see if my favorite facility here in Chicago had made the list. Only in certain categories in the highly specialized rankings, it turns out. Nevertheless, the article had its intended effect--I read long enough to notice the various advertisements. Pardon my skepticism, but you will not convince me that it is the duty of American magazines to go about ranking the performance of American hospitals. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
November 13, 2007
Editor's Picks
Online Rx program helping cut errors
Last week I expressed my doubts about the federal government's long-term ability to pay for clinical IT, thanks in part to the lingering financial headache of Iraq. This article, from the Detroit News, shows how the local automakers are making headway in promoting e-prescribing. Where there is a will, there is a way. [Read More]

John Halamka's IT blog
John was the first CIO I interviewed in person for our "Behind the Wires" profile series, about to enter its fifth year. He's the CIO at Caregroup, a Boston-based delivery system, and also doubles as CIO of Harvard Medical School. John has been a tireless physician champion of clinical IT and a great source for many reporters. I remember the first time I interviewed him: he granted me temporary access to Caregroup's intranet, so I could see first-hand how clinical data was presented to physicians. I don't follow many blogs, but John is a good writer and can make sense out of a confusing industry. [Read More]

Misys takes open source plunge
This article details how one EMR vendor is opening up its software source code. Cerner is another participant with the Eclipse Foundation, a not-for-profit group devoted to facilitating code-sharing among industry players. Ostensibly, sharing source code will help facilitate data standards and sharing in the industry. [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, Happy Thanksgiving. HealthLeaders Media IT will take next week off, but will return with a new issue November 27.
Tech Headlines
Utility, Kaiser Permanente collaborate on green effort
HealthLeaders News Brief - November 13, 2007

Tamper resistant Rx law may help hasten advance of e-prescribing
Nashville Business Journal - November 13, 2007

Robot brings doctors to patients
Louisville Courier-Journal - November 13, 2007

Boston hospital turns to Mi-Co for data capture - November 13, 2007
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Beckman Coulter announces licensing agreements with Johns Hopkins

McKesson combines EHRs and practice management software

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