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Privacy: Where Are We Headed?
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Let it be said that I am no big fan of legislating healthcare privacy. After all, many people among us willingly blab about the very health conditions that privacy advocates insist are sacrosanct. And the laws that attempt to regulate access to privacy can quickly become confusing and burdensome. But I understand that the burdens of legalese and human nature are not ample reason to throw privacy to the wind. [Read More]
March 25, 2008
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'Smart' pillbox helps patients remember
Doctors and pharmacists say patients and caretakers are increasingly turning to tech-based drug-tracking tools, including interactive, consumer-friendly Web sites, to help keep medication regimens running smoothly and reduce errors. One such device is the Med-eMonitor, a device connected to a drug database through the patient's phone line and programmed remotely via the Internet. The monitor beeps and a large-print message pops up on the display screen as a voice announces when a pill is to be taken, reminds the patient when doses are missed, and alerts them to potentially dangerous medication interactions. This home-based monitoring technology is still in the early phases, but it seems like a natural fit given the chronic conditions we are now confronting that really rely on patient compliance to contain. [Read More]

Misys Healthcare to merge with Allscripts
Electronic medical-records systems developer Misys Healthcare Systems will merge with Chicago-based rival Allscripts. The combined company will have about 150,000 U.S. physicians and 700 hospitals as customers. This is one of the more prominent merger deals in the IT space, as both of these companies have a substantial number of sites already implemented. The question will be to what extent the new company attempts to "merge" the previously independent software packages. Then there is always the question of cultural compatibility. I was intrigued by Misys' open source program, which the company promoted at HIMSS. And Misys--unlike many EMR vendors--is not afraid to say how much its product costs. It has posted several recent deals that include the financial terms. Let's hope that openness continues. [Read More]

Green carrots needed for IT chiefs
I've written extensively about the "green" aspects of modern technology. Many hospitals are tackling electronics waste management, putting in energy efficient infrastructure, and even building their own recycling programs. This article looks at the issues around reducing the light bill generated down on the server farm. [Read More]

Microsoft Health vs. Google Health
Here's a quick compare-and-contrast between the two software giants' forays into personal health records. [Read More]

Internet addiction classed as mental disorder
Are you worried that your kid spends too much time online? Well, this article suggests your fears are legitimate. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
FDA notes Medtronic device deaths
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Pennsylvania hospital performance data now online
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