HealthLeaders Media IT - July 10, 2007 | Device attraction, life distraction
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Device attraction, life distraction
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Here's a memory from the HIMSS event in February that will stay with me to the grave--or early senility, whichever comes first. Because I arrived late for the keynote speech, I had to sit in the furthest reaches of the upper balcony at the New Orleans Convention Center. Luckily, they had giant video monitors so you could see the speakers. But looking down across the scores of rows in front of me, squinting at the tiny figure reported to be Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, I noticed something far more prominent. The otherwise dark balcony was aglow with the lit screens of cell-phones, Blackberries, and other wireless devices. It was a veritable swarm of small rectangular fireflies. Despite Ballmer's breathless oratory on Microsoft's forthcoming foray into healthcare, scores of audience members had their eyes affixed on their tiny electronic gadgets, all but oblivious to the stage. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
July 10, 2007
Editor's Picks
CITL releases report on IT-enabled diabetes management
Here's a report from the Center for Information Technology Leadership's analyzing how IT-enabled diabetes management could save hundreds of thousands of lives and result in savings of $14.5 billion. Chartered in 2002 by Boston-based nonprofit Partners HealthCare System, CITL attempts to quantify the value of healthcare IT. You can question the group's projections, but CITL has been an important player in promoting healthcare connectivity. [Read More]

Cell phone checkups monitor chronic ills
This article from Investor's Business Daily describes how a teen-age diabetic has taken to using a cell phone to keep tabs on his condition. Tech companies are focusing on diabetes--an expensive, and unfortunately, ever-widening disease--so perhaps CITL's projections will one day come true. [Read More]

Imaging companies lobby Congress on Medicare cuts
When it comes to reimbursement, everybody speaks up, including vendors, according to this article in Health Imaging News. [Read More]

Google establishes panel of healthcare experts
Google has created a healthcare advisory group of prominent medical and healthcare experts--many with an interest in speeding up the use of technology in healthcare delivery, including online medical searches and sharing of health information. [Read More]

New technology creates hospital security concerns
Camera phones and other new technology create new issues for privacy-conscious CIOs. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Minnesota moves to electronic filing of health claims
Minneapolis Star Tribune - July 10, 2007

Telehealth program grows in Kansas City-area
Kansas City Star - July 10, 2007

Rural Tennessee plays catch-up on electronic medical records
The Tennessean - July 10, 2007

NextGen earns certification
HealthLeaders News Brief - July 10, 2007
Events & Product News
AMIA Announces 2008 Summit on Translational Bioinformatics

Medicare launches personal health record pilot

Indiana Health Information Exchange expands reach

Greencastle, Christiana Care announce collaboration on ambulatory EMR roll-out

CalRHIO summit presentations available online
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