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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Many people commented about my recent columns describing the EMR vendor wars, green hospitals, and my trip to the ED (I'm fine now and thanks to all the well-wishers). I've decided to excerpt some of the correspondence and post them for this week's column. All letters are welcome. You should include your name, organization, and title. We'll print comments intended for publication as space allows. We also welcome longer essays for our IT Leaders Forum. I'm still getting mail--some of it quite passionate--about last week's "Sicko" review and will compile them for a future edition. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer! And keep those cards and letters coming (electronically of course)!! [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
August 7, 2007
Editor's Picks
Radiosurgery machines costly, but offer hope
University Hospitals Case Medical Center bought a CyberKnife, a $3 million robotic device that delivers high doses of radiation from different angles, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. As I reported earlier, this technology requires careful economic consideration. To overcome the high price, some hospitals turn to lease-to-own arrangements. Of course, big-ticket imaging items always raise the issue of whether technology drives up cost or helps keeps it down. [Read More]

Technology will let Tennessee specialists provide healthcare from afar
Tennessee health officials say the poor and uninsured who live in rural areas have an especially difficult time receiving medical care for complex conditions because there are few specialists in those areas. Access to treatment is expected to improve by the year's end, however, with the installation of telemedicine equipment at 43 federally funded community health centers around the state. Any discussion of technology's impact on healthcare costs should include telemedicine, which extends the reach of caregivers in more ways than one. [Read More]

U.S. health info technology lags
This story is old news to industry insiders. However, articles like this will serve to heighten the awareness of the general public to the sometimes sorry state of affairs in using IT in healthcare. [Read More]

As more patients turn to the Web every day, are doctors prepared for the influx?
Here's another article in the lay press from the Record, in Stockton, CA, discussing how consumer demand for connectivity is starting to shape the modern medical practice. Already hospitals are starting to cater to "connected patients." They are also experimenting with innovative marketing techniques. [Read More]

Where the candidates stand
This blog lays out various political proposals for healthcare IT. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Esse hopes to build lucrative practice through information technology
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - August 7, 2007

The future of medicine: Insert a chip and cure disease?
Virtual Medical Worlds - August 7, 2007

North Dakota Telepharmacy Project Fills Need
HealthLeaders News - August 7, 2007

Payer enhances online tools for members
HealthLeaders News Brief - August 7, 2007
Events & Product News
Accepting contactless payments: A merchant guide

QuadraMed to acquire Misys CPR

Central Utah Clinic picks MedSynergies

Eclipsys extends agreement with University of Pennsylvania Health System

Comanche County Memorial Hospital inks $13 million McKesson deal
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Safety-net provider. Teaching institution. Testing ground for new technology. UNC Health Care is all of these things-welcome to life as an academic medical center.[Read More]
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