HealthLeaders Media IT - May 13, 2008 | Face to Face
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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

When it rains, it pours, and so it goes with my speaking engagements in the industry. Within the span of a few days, I was delighted to address two groups that are often thought to be on opposite sides of a huge fence—physicians and payers. [Read More]
May 13, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Web site to help Georgians make decisions about healthcare
The Georgia Department of Community Health has awarded a $5.2 million contract to the IBM Corp. to build a Web site for state consumers in an effort to help them make more informed healthcare decisions. The Web site, scheduled to go online in October, will offer information about hospitals and where various procedures are performed. The Web site will also permit the comparison of hospitals in terms of cost, quality, customer service scores, and other related information. We've heard a lot about these consumer-oriented "quality ratings" sites, but I don't recall many statewide efforts like this. Is raises the question: are consumers prepared to understand what the metrics mean? That's the whole premise of consumer-directed care, and one, in my view, that requires a major leap of faith. Despite that concern, such transparency is long overdue. [Read More]

Medicare PHR pilot is under way in South Carolina
Medicare has launched its pilot online personal health records program in South Carolina. The program gives thousands of Medicare beneficiaries in the state access to a PHR populated with their hospital and physician claims information. Information on prescription drugs will not be provided, but PHR users can enter information on their prescription and over-the-counter medications. I've written several columns on PHRs, an idea which has gained considerable currency within the past year. A handful of well-known software vendors (think Google, Microsoft) have made forays into this field. When the industry's biggest payer, however, steps up, you are sure to see more people taking notice. [Read More]

Will the cell phone be the next diagnostic tool?
I guess if you want to appeal to consumers, what better way than to tap the ubiquitous cell phone? This news short describes how a professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues have developed a cheaper way to perform medical imaging using a cellular phone. In this case, the phone dispatches a radiological image from a portable scanner to a remote computer. So physicians won't actually be reading the scan on the phone. It could open up service in remote areas. [Read More]

Identity thieves target medical records
Consumers blab freely about their medical conditions. So a data breach might not seem like a big deal to many of them. But when identity theft becomes part of the equation, the stakes grow exponentially. This story details some incredible inside jobs in the industry. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
New technology at Washington, PA, facility puts staff in touch instantly
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - May 5, 2008

Organ donation site sparks controversy
ONE News - May 13, 2008

More with ties to UCLA may have snooped
Los Angeles Times - May 13, 2008
Events & Product News
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Upstart company pins hopes on pills at the push of a button

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