HealthLeaders Media IT - July 22, 2008 | What Technology is Worth Your Investment?
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What Technology is
Worth Your Investment?

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

In healthcare it seems there is no shortage of "amazing technological breakthroughs" to get excited about. What I'm finding is that it's far more difficult to separate the hype from the reality and determine which of those breakthroughs will actually improve the way a hospital runs or the way a medical provider delivers care. [Read More]
July 22, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Medicare offers bonuses of up to 2% for e-prescribing
Starting next year, doctors who use electronic prescribing systems will get a 2% bonus from the federal government on top of their regular fee. The bonus program continues for four years and is meant to streamline the prescribing process and reduce errors, say health officials. To get the 2% bonus, doctors will have to get with the e-prescribing program during the first two years, because after 2010 bonuses drop to 1%. [Read More]

A doctor trades in his stethoscope to blog about Apple
Could blogging really be this profitable? A physician in Virginia took his hobby full-time in late June when he quit his nephrology practice to blog about Apple. Arnold Kim launched the MacRumors site during medical school and now boasts 40 million page views each month, netting him more revenue than being a kidney specialist. But does he miss medicine? Not yet, he says. [Read More]

California health system puts hospital of the future in virtual world
Executives at Palomar Pomerado Health in San Diego are already getting community feedback about a state-of-the-art "hospital of the future" that doesn't even open until 2011. How? They've built an online model that anyone with Internet access can tour via the virtual world of Second Life. [Read More]

Providence to pay $100k for data security lapse
Providence Health System has been hit with a $100,000 fine after car burglars managed to steal laptops containing the medical records of 386,000 patients across Oregon and Washington. Department of Health and Human Services officials say the penalty is the first of its type to be enforced under the privacy section of HIPAA. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Medicine gears up for a code green
Washington Post - July 22, 2008

Seeking a cure, patients find a dose of conversation online
Washington Post - July 21, 2008

Insurer's call center informs patients, may lower costs
Des Moines Register - July 16, 2008
Events & Product News
Sevocity to offer $100,000 in electronic health record grants

Qtrac Software signs partnership with patient placement systems

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