HealthLeaders Media IT - October 30, 2007 | Females, CIOs Need Not Apply
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Females, CIOs Need Not Apply
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

"The HIMSS08 keynote lineup speaks for itself," shouts a recent e-mail I got from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Intended to promote the industry's largest IT event, this claim may, instead, win the annual award for unintentional irony. The list adds up to three federal government employees, two corporate executives from software companies, and one professor. In sum, the healthcare industry's most prominent IT member association has pinned its star on a group of six white male speakers, several multi-millionaires among them. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
October 30, 2007
Editor's Picks
Chicago hospital cuts the wait for mammograms
Here's a story from my own back yard. Stroger Hospital, perhaps better known by its old name as Cook County Hospital, has wiped out a backlog of 11,000 mammograms after dramatically cutting down the wait time it took for women to get the breast cancer tests. Women used to have to wait up to 12 months for mammograms at Stroger, and they can now receive the tests within two to three weeks. Advanced technology is only the first step, this story reminds us. Getting it to low-income patients is another story. [Read More]

Security key as health records go electronic
One from the heartland. The Wichita Eagle describes how local hospitals are trying to protect their electronic data. Leaders at these hospitals note that data security issues must be resolved before electronic systems can work effectively. [Read More]

Mark Frisse's policy blog
Mark participated in our roundtable on IT and community hospitals. He is a compelling thinker around IT and other issues. He writes that "increasingly, one gets the feeling of a technology debate landscape that is 10 miles broad and 1 inch deep." [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Heart wires may pose more risk for the young
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - October 30, 2007

Medicine on demand
USA Today - October 30, 2007

Computer link between Maryland facilities aims to improve care
Baltimore Sun - October 30, 2007
Events & Product News
IPC signs with Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital

Northridge Hospital Medical Center selects MEDHOST

Fujitsu completes three-year rollout of 2,500 tablet PCs to Marshfield Clinic
Sponsored Headlines From AT&T
Transition to Digital: More and more hospitals are going paperless.

RHIO: Electronic health records could save as much as $78 billion.

Improving the View: New videoconferencing technologies will benefit the enterprise.

RFID: Business Revolution: Advancements in RFID are causing big changes.

AHA Endorses AT&T: Hospitals need secure, digital databases--AT&T can help.
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