HealthLeaders Media IT - August 14, 2007 | Will Healthcare Bank on Banks?
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Will Healthcare Bank on Banks?
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

If John Casillas is correct, one day we'll use financial Web sites for more than paying bills and checking balances, like some 53 million Americans already do. We'll be paying physicians and checking cholesterol scores. Casillas is the founder of the Medical Banking Project, a Franklin, TN-based think tank. Since 2001, he has been working toward an unusual goal. The very term "medical banking" begs for a definition. "It is merging two different worlds," Casillas says. "I want to optimize banking systems to provide better healthcare." [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
August 14, 2007
Editor's Picks
Medical center makes move to digital record-keeping
The Times-Argus reports on an EMR project underway at Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre. In a humorous editing error, the story says "Central Vermont Medical Center has already purchased an electronic medical records system for its outpatient offices, at a cost to the hospital of $1,012 million." Wow, that works out to a billion dollar EMR! [Read More]

Ohio enlists Texas company for Web-based Medicaid system
Ohio's Medicaid system is in line for a technological overhaul, according to this report from the Columbus Business First. [Read More]

Telepharmacy provides rural hospital with 24-hour pharmacy services
Here's an article by my colleague, Carrie Vaughan, that describes how a 25-bed critical access hospital addressed the pharmacy shortage. Using a telepharmacy service, the small rural hospital taps the expertise of a pharmacist in Spokane, WA. [Read More]

'Natural orifice' surgery has tongues wagging?
The thought of having the gallbladder extracted through the mouth or, in women, the vagina, is enough to send some patients fleeing, according to USA Today. True, this procedure may make good fodder for late-night comedians. To me, the strides in minimally invasive surgery are nothing short of remarkable. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Lessons learned from Santa Barbara
Digital HealthCare & Productivity - August 14, 2007

New technology benefits cancer patients
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - August 14, 2007

Hospitals go wireless to serve patients, fight competition
Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal - August 14, 2007

No more sickening hospital rooms
San Francisco Chronicle - August 14, 2007

Some insurers offer malpractice discount for EMRs, according to survey
Medical Records Institute, Inc. - August 14, 2007
Events & Product News
New scanner gives docs more details

Floyd Medical Center selects Lynx for ED charge capture

Bayshore Community Hospital selects Eclipsys

McKesson EMR is certified
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