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Which Came First, the MRI or the Inflation?
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Like the chicken-and-egg conundrum, healthcare has its own longstanding riddle: Does technology lower costs or raise them? In search of an answer, I spent an afternoon last week poring through an exhaustive report from the Congressional Budget Office. "Technological Change and the Growth of Health Care Spending" suggests that technology does as much to spur costs as to contain them. [Read More]
February 12, 2008
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Surgery pushed memory's buttons by accident
When surgeons implanted electrodes in his brain, the 50-year-old man was suddenly transported to a moment three decades earlier. He was in a park with friends, and could see the clothes they were wearing and what the weather was like. The discovery was an accident, but the team hopes it might lead to better care for patients with memory disturbances. This story from the Boston Globe highlights how technology enables medicine to probe deep into the very mental functions that make us human. It's a compelling story, showing how an expected turn in a procedure may lead to deeper understanding of neurological function. [Read More]

HHS Secretary seeks expanded use of electronic health records
Here's an update on the federal government's incentive program on physician EMR adoption, which was announced last year. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has proposed a $150 million incentives plan to expand physicians' use of electronic medical records, reports the Associated Press. The five-year project would reward doctors in smaller practices who begin filing patients' health history electronically. Those who do so would get more Medicare money, but Leavitt did not specify how much. Details, details! [Read More]

Wisconsin bill would pave way for electronic exchange of patient data
Legislation to accommodate the electronic exchange of patient data between different health facilities and systems soon will be introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature, reports this statewide specialty newsletter. We've seen other instances of states intervening in the absence of federal guidelines. This bill tackles a couple of thorny issues, including mental health records and release of information. [Read More]

KLAS ranks digital mammography players
The software ratings organization has broadened its net of product reviews, introducing digital mammography into the mix. According to the report, despite tremendous market growth, there are currently relatively few full-field digital mammography vendors with FDA approval. Several more are poised for entry, pending FDA approval. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Online house calls click with doctors
Los Angeles Times - February 12, 2008

Can PHRs really make patients healthier?
AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel - February 12, 2008

RSNA receives $1.5 million endowment
Health Imaging News - February 12, 2008

State and local health IT spending to hit $10.8 billion in 2012
Government Health IT - February 12, 2008
Events & Product News
Audit software provides hospitals warning

North Carolina hospital looks to RadarFind to improve asset visibility

Cleveland Clinic signs with MedHub

Mayo Clinic and IBM establish medical imaging research center
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