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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Thanks to the numerous folks who wrote me in response to my recent analysis of the film "Sicko" by Michael Moore. The mail ran pretty evenly divided, and I have excerpted several for this week's column. I'm not going to comment on them, but will say from my perspective as a journalist that lopsided storytelling serves mainly to preach to the choir and sheds little light on complex issues. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
August 28, 2007
Editor's Picks
Clamping down on messaging
Many organizations, fearful that inside information can slip out through innumerable digital avenues, now govern precisely what employees can or cannot put into e-mails, instant messages, Web postings and even offline documents. This story details the efforts of one hospital that uses special software to analyze the reams of e-mails sent through its network every day. The sheer glut of incoming e-mail can be a serious impediment to its utility. Our parent company struggles with this issue too, and we have devised a fairly effective spam catcher. But I still sift through the messages--some 100 or more a day--in search of strays. [Read More]

Medication system saves time, money
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports on an automated medication dispensing system used in a local rehab center. The technology combines bar code, biometrics, and automated recordkeeping of medications dispensed. Although it is not a so-called "closed loop" medication administration system, the technology apparently has streamlined once-tedious charting procedures. The massive industry is thus automated, with small local information systems that target niche problems. [Read More]

Opinions sought on electronic health records
A health data exchange in Louisville is surveying local residents to help craft a business plan. Given that data exchanges will likely have to be supported by public dollars, this is a smart move. [Read More]

Judging healthcare is not a science, but Web sites give it a shot
Here's a hard-nosed look at hospital "ranking" services, with the inside scoop on how hospitals have to fork over big bucks to participate. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
CalRHIO to provide $340,000 to healthcare information networks
East Bay Business Times - August 28, 2007

Vein Viewer means fewer ouches for kids
New Orleans Times-Picayune - August 28, 2007

A tale of RHIO success
Digital HealthCare & Productivity - August 28, 2007

Web site details coverage options
Washington Post - August 28, 2007
Events & Product News
Wireless tracking system would monitor patients

Appalachian Regional Healthcare picks McKesson

Clarkston Medical Group selects Sage for picture archiving
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  • IT Leaders Forum

    The American Board of Pediatrics: Transitioning to Computerization
    A computer-based training approach works, writes contributor Hazen Ham, vice president of the American Board of Pediatrics.
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    RHIOs: Making your piece work
    Successful data-sharing initiatives need a well thought-out game plan, say contributors Mark Morgan and Rita E. Numerof.
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    Audio Feature

    IT Turnaround: Ed Martinez, chief information officer and vice president of information technology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, discusses how the facility revamped its IT department.
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