HealthLeaders Media IT - May 22, 2007 | Hype vs. How-To
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Hype vs. How-To
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

At first glance, the earnings report from EMR vendor Allscripts seemed fairly impressive. The Chicago-based software vendor said its first quarter profit more than tripled, rising to $4.5 million. Revenue grew 54 percent to $65 million, compared to $42 million for the same period last year. Sounds good, right? Well, the stock market didn't think so. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
May 22, 2007
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Digital divide between teachers and students (Ireland)
When it comes to preparing tomorrow's leaders, today's teachers are often oblivious to the role IT plays in young people's lives, says this report from Silicon Republic, an Irish news bureau. So it only makes sense that hospitals and medical groups begin laying the groundwork to cater to young people, who before long will become core customers. The challenge will be balancing the needs of adults, who remain--despite the hoopla--only modest tech consumers, according to the latest Pew Internet study (PDF). [Read More]

Regional group hopes to establish better system of communication between caregivers and patients
A group of Northern Virginia residents hopes to set up a regional health information organization. It would enable doctors and other healthcare providers to access a patient's health information from anywhere, reports Connection Newspapers. [Read More]

Medicare may begin contacting inefficient doctors in mid-2008
The Medicare program has the data and the computer capacity to identify individual doctors who are inefficient compared with their peers and may begin contacting them as soon as mid-2008 to goad them to become more efficient, reports If this is not a warning shot across the bow to physicians, I don't know what is. I've interviewed numerous physicians who have deployed clinical information systems as what they describe as a preemptive move against inevitable federal demands for quality performance data. [Read More]

Telemedicine could allow remote surgery by robot someday
The Tennessean reports from last week's meeting of the American Telemedicine Association. Robotic technology like the one described could extend the reach of physician specialists--if payers recognize the value. [Read More]

Hospitals' move to e-files spurs a labor shortage
Massachusetts is among the leaders nationally in the use of electronic patient records and computerized drug prescribing, says the Boston Globe. But its workforce is not keeping pace: The state lacks enough people who know how computers work and who understand how doctors diagnose and treat diseases. We did extended coverage on this topic in the April 2006 issue of HealthLeaders magazine. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
PACS market to hit $8.6 billion by 2011
Health Imaging News - May 22, 2007

Hospital infection rates could go online
San Antonio Express News - May 22, 2007

Wisconsin official says technology creates 'magic moment' for healthcare delivery
Wisconsin Technology Network - May 22, 2007

University of California San Diego supercomputer simulations may pinpoint causes of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society - May 22, 2007
Events & Product News
University of Michigan Health System selects Medseek and Healthwise

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital moves to high-tech OR

SynaMed EMR meets certification requirements

Orange County Health Care Agency deploys NetChemistry

Sonitor, Patient Care Technology Systems form alliance
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