HealthLeaders Media IT - July 29, 2008 | Virtual Care in a Virtual World
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Virtual Care in a Virtual World
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

Earlier this year Palomar Pomerado Health gained national attention when it created a virtual version of its planned $773 million "hospital of the future." Though the real world hospital is still years from being completed, hospital officials say they found the perfect platform to show off its state-of-the-art technology in the Second Life virtual world. [Read More]
July 29, 2008  
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Florida hospital broadcasts live surgical procedures on the Internet
Speaking of the Internet (see today's column) Halifax Health Medical Center has started showing live surgical procedures on the Web. Hospital executives say the broadcasts are meant to help educate doctors, patients, and the public at large about technology and techniques used during surgery. [Read More]

Doctor bloggers tell all, and it's not always pretty
A new study from the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds that more than half of the 271 bloggers surveyed provided enough information in their text or images to reveal their identities. Some even posted photos of patients, who have been variously described as "stupid" or "lazy." Somewhat obviously, the recommendation is to write as if your patients are reading your blog daily. [Read More]

University Medical Center is getting some "much-needed" tech upgrades
The University of Chicago is spending $700 million to create a new hospital pavilion for the University Medical Center. The pavilion will house the latest technology, such as robotic-assisted surgeries, and allow for futuristic technology yet to be created, executives say. [Read More]

The Blues health plans want doctors to use e-prescribing
Doctors in North Carolina have a new incentive to begin electronic prescribing. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced a plan to offer a $1,000 payment to physicians who join the e-prescribing movement. The insurer has also launched a Web site that allows doctors to get free software from Allscripts Inc., and visit links to sources for discounted PDAs and a host of other e-prescribing technologies. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Insurers increasingly going against doctors' orders
Bloomberg News/Hartford Courant - July 29, 2008

A call for a warning system on artificial joints
New York Times - July 29, 2008

House committee approves major health IT bill
Government Health IT - July 24, 2008

Pittsburgh cancer chief sees cell phone risks
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - July 24, 2008
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MediVoice partners with VisionTree on voice-activated e-prescribing solution

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