HealthLeaders Media IT - May 27, 2008 | Hazing Hillary
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Hazing Hillary
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

"Hillary Clinton has no idea how an electronic medical record works!" That came from an audience member weighing in on the appropriate government role in facilitating the adoption of healthcare IT at last week's Towards the Electronic Patient Record conference. The 24th annual TEPR event drew to Fort Lauderdale its usual assortment of IT wonks, curious physicians, and overzealous sales people. Scattered among them were innovators with substantial stories to share. [Read More]
May 27, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Necklace could help patients take their medication on time
Here's a curiosity that you could file under "patient compliance technology." Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a sensor-equipped necklace to help patients take their medication on time. "MagneTrace" uses magnetic sensors embedded in pills to detect when a pill is ingested. The sensors pass through the patient's digestive system. If a pill is not taken at the correct time, the necklace sends a signal to a smart phone that alerts the patient. If that prompt is ignored, the phone contacts a doctor or caregiver. We're starting to see more of these patient-centric technologies for use in the home. One day, perhaps "smart devices" will abound in the home, funneling clinical data and compliance information directly to caregivers. It may be too much of a "Big Brother" scenario for some, but I imagine many patients would welcome the opportunity. [Read More]

Digging into celebrity medical records has a long history
We've been tracking several stories of breaches into the medical records of the rich and famous. This story highlights some of the inside activity in this sordid world of celebrity data digging. If only people were as preoccupied with the details of their own health record! [Read More]

Georgia Rx Exchange launches
Georgia has stepped into the e-prescribing action, launching a statewide exchange that will share data among publicly funded healthcare agencies. Electronic prescribing seems like the low-hanging fruit of health IT, as it offers immediate relief to some pressing issues such as legibility and fulfillment. Many "electronic prescribing" programs are actually fax on demand services. But even a legible fax straight to the pharmacy beats an illegible script that may or may not make it there in the first place. [Read More]

Texas County launches pandemic flu site
This Web site intends to educate the public about the perils of global flu, offering advice to consumers about prevention and response. This may not be the most visually dazzling Web site, but it is an earnest effort. Note the links page to a multitude of other, clinically sound information sources. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Google launches online medical records service
AP/Yahoo News - May 20, 2008

Online, patients-as-consumers are reviewing doctors
Los Angeles Times - May 19, 2008

Virtualization helps hospital revive aging data center
CIO - May 27, 2008

Leavitt touts electronic records - May 27, 2008
Events & Product News
Flash drive holds patient records

State promotes personal health records

CINA signs with HealthBridge

Two more electronic record vendors win CCHIT approval

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Physician Network Wins Support for E-Prescribing: Contributor Al Juocys, DO, describes how Michigan has advanced in electronic medication orders. [Read More]
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Using IT to Boost Profitability: James Saul, MD, describes how an EMR boosted profitability at his 3-member internal medicine practice in Parma, OH. Saul presented at the 2008 TEPR conference. [Listen Now]
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