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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

I was invited to Kansas City last week to present on media relations at the Cerner user conference. It's a touchy subject with reporters who are deluged with media pitches, both on-target and off. I went expecting to bump shoulders with a few CIOs. What I saw, in the words of one attendee, was a "mini-HIMMS." Although the presentations were all around the topic of how to use Cerner's software, they were given predominately by hospital executives. If anything, the event is the software vendor's "soft sell" approach and thank-you to its customers. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
October 16, 2007
Editor's Picks
Cerner chief cites IT's role in modernizing healthcare
Here's some local coverage of the Cerner conference, which drew several thousand people. Information technology is playing a critical role in the modernization of healthcare and will continue to in the future, said Neal Patterson, head of Cerner Corp. As IT use expands, it will eliminate the frequent payment delays that health providers experience. [Read More]

Florida hospital using new heart device
Orlando, FL-based Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has become just the third in the nation to use a technology called the GORE HELEX Septal Occluder to treat a congenital heart defect and help blood flow properly in the heart. But as Top Leadership Team keynote speaker Michael Sachs pointed out, hospital's will increasingly be under the gun to cost-justify future outlays for high-price technology. [Read More]

Privacy concerns cast pall over Microsoft's medical site debut
The Chicago Tribune weighs in on the software giant's recent foray in personal health records. There are now several of these initiatives underway, some promoted by software vendors, others by employers. To me, the "personal health record" is a good idea, no doubt. But in my book, it is putting the cart before the horse in physician and hospital connectivity. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Alabama hospital's new MRI adds tool in breast cancer fight
Birmingham News/Huntsville Times - October 16, 2007

Studies endorse 'virtual colonoscopy'
USA Today - October 16, 2007

New York also is treating technology, insurance ills
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - October 16, 2007
Events & Product News
DeBakey VA Medical Center selects TheraDoc

HHS awards contracts for nationwide health information network
Sponsored Headlines From AT&T
RHIO: Electronic health records could save as much as $78 billion.

Transition to Digital: More and more hospitals are going paperless.

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

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

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