HealthLeaders Media IT - May 20, 2008 | Picture Perfect
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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

It was encouraging to see my May "Behind the Wires" magazine feature pop up near the top of our "most e-mailed list." This profile series highlights the technology leaders who are making headway toward the often lofty goals of clinical IT. This month's feature covers Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, a Bangor-based system with seven hospitals. What the print magazine story, however, does not detail is the organization's efforts to reach beyond its own institutional walls. [Read More]
May 20, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Wireless patient devices at risk from proposed Internet use
Do you remember the controversy around using cell phones in hospitals, because of fear of interference with telemetry devices? This Chicago Tribune story revives a similar tale. The proposed use of unoccupied TV airwaves for high-speed Internet service across the country could affect the signal that monitors critically ill hospital patients. The medical community says that the move could result in possible interference from unlicensed portable gizmos operating in a nearby spectrum. Hospitals and medical device makers say using empty channels for unlicensed uses could disrupt the monitoring of patients' heart rates, blood oxygen levels and other vital signs at medical facilities. [Read More]

New Hampshire doctors access patients' records electronically
We hear so much about how payers need to help facilitate IT adoption in the industry. This story updates an e-prescribing initiative underway on the East coast. New Hampshire doctors signed up for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's electronic prescription program now will have access to patient records through their computer or Internet-enabled cell phone. In 2007, Anthem and the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative launched a statewide electronic prescribing program for doctors to use regardless of their patients' health plan. [Read More]

Doctors in Cincinnati are experimenting with text messaging scripts to encourage compliance with teenage patients. One physician describes how her patients continue texting even while perched on the exam table. That would make the "doctor-patient" relationship a bit difficult to achieve, I imagine. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
In-body sensors could warn doctors
ABC News - May 20, 2008

Survey: Industry not ready for NPI
Health Data Management - May 20, 2008

Radiology should lead healthcare towards adopting integrated systems - May 20, 2008
Events & Product News
National 'Health IT' week set

'Get system out of way' CEO says

HP to acquire Electronic Data Systems for $13.9 billion

McKesson signs billing deal
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Shared Success
Crafting a true partnership—often with a perceived competitor-is a complex task. Here's how some hospitals are doing it. [Read More]
IT Leaders Forum

Physician Network Wins Support for E-Prescribing: Contributor Al Juocys, DO, describes how Michigan has advanced in electronic medication orders. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Legal Exchange: Attorney Steve Gravely discusses the key legal issues around exchange of patient information at the national level. A partner in the Richmond, Virginia office of Troutman Sanders, he's co-chair of a workgroup formed by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. [Listen Now]
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