HealthLeaders Media IT - July 24, 2007 | My Night in Purgatory
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My Night in Purgatory
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

The evening started pleasantly enough, as my wife and I strolled some two miles out to Navy Pier. It was hot and humid though, and I was likely dehydrated as we approached the main building. As journalists like to say, "for reasons that remain unclear," I turned too quickly into what appeared to be an open space. It was, in fact, a giant plate glass window. I bumped smack into the thick glass, driving my glasses into the bridge of my nose, and managed to shed quite a bit of blood from a skin wound. My quick-thinking wife guided me to a nearby bench and summoned help. Within an instant, I was surrounded by caregivers. Next thing I know, I am being whisked to the ED at a nearby teaching hospital. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
July 24, 2007
Editor's Picks
Arizona hospital sends patient a $49 million bill
A computer glitch caused a community hospital in Arizona to send out multiple incorrect bills, including one for the whopping amount of $49 million. It's a reminder that when computers misfire, mistakes can be compounded quickly--and exponentially. Let's just hope there is not a malpractice suit filed for the pain and suffering endured. [Read More]

Hospitals sometimes push 'stop' when parents want to video childbirths
Lawsuit fears and privacy concerns have fueled efforts to squelch delivery-room recording, even when capturing any moment--mundane or momentous--is as easy as flipping open a cell phone. The Sacramento Bee reports how some hospitals are becoming camera-shy. That's right, fear of being sued is a factor. [Read More]

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The Associated Press reports on how robots can fill in for medical staff. Apparently these robots can be quite the hit with other staff. I wrote an article on this technology for HealthLeaders magazine in 2005. [Read More]

Cell phones, PDAs, and EHR systems
Here's a detailed article on how wireless gadgets may one day interact with clinical information systems. This one's from Virtual Medical Worlds, an online publication that does a good job of staying on top of technological research. [Read More]

Major E-health records project unravels into legal battle
Remember Dossia, the personal health record project announced last December by Wal-Mart, Intel, and some other large well-heeled employers? Seems that the project is stalling--around legal action, not technology capability. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Hospital E-record systems pay for themselves - July 24, 2007

St. Louis hospital part of test of new heart valve procedure
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - July 24, 2007

Physician EMR adoption to hit 30 percent, poll says
United Press International - July 24, 2007

HIPAA needs expansion, says HHS advisory group
Health Imaging News - July 24, 2007
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AHIP launches certificate program for IT professionals

Paradise Valley Hospital installs picture archiving system

Tennessee group selects Allscripts

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