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Getting Paid to e-Prescribe
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

From the government to health plans to medical associations, we've heard again and again how e-prescribing technology will improve patient safety and prevent medication errors, all while saving money by increasing the use of generic drugs and avoiding duplicated prescriptions. Now some of the proponents of e-prescribing are putting money where their mouths are by offering financial incentives to physicians who switch from pad and paper to keyboard and monitor. [Read More]
August 5, 2008  
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Rx by computer moving to Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Human Services has been working with Electronic Data Systems Corp. for the past 18 months to develop a computer network that will make e-prescribing available to doctors statewide before the end of the year. If all goes as planned, the network will become available just in time for doctors in Arkansas to reap the benefits of Medicare's new incentive-based e-prescribing program. [Read More]

University of California doctors treat inmates through video program
Telemedicine has been in the news a lot recently. Late last month, a group of Houston-based Wal-Marts announced it would soon begin offering walk-in telemedical consults. Also, a study by the Center for Information Technology Leadership at Partners HealthCare System estimates the use of telemedicine could save the healthcare industry $4.28 billion annually. Now, the justice system in California is latest to embrace the technology with a program in which UC Davis physicians treat inmates. [Read More]

Video game on a 'Re-Mission' to help kids with cancer
Can a video game help you remember to take your meds? Researchers have found that teens with cancer who played a new video game called Re-Mission are more likely to take all of their prescribed antibiotics. The study, which involved 375 patients ages 13 to 29 also found that Re-Mission players maintained higher levels of chemo in their blood, an indication they were taking their pills. They also had slightly improved their scores in knowledge about cancer. [Read More]

More UCLA Medical Center employees peeked at celebrities' records, state says
Patient confidentiality is in the news again. Apparently about twice as many medical center employees as had previously been reported called up the confidential medical records of some celebrities at UCLA. Nearly 60 additional employees gained improper access to records between January 2004 and June 2006, a new report from the California Department of Public Health shows, bringing the total number of workers implicated in the growing scandal to 127. [Read More]
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