HealthLeaders Media IT - August 26, 2008 | How Noise Can Cost Your Hospital
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How Noise Can Cost Your Hospital
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

A hospital executive was telling me about a fairly minor surgery she had about 18 months ago. One of the things she remembers most about her recovery time at the hospital was how quiet it was. "I work in a hospital, I know how noisy it can be. I thought to myself, what is this hospital doing that we aren't?" Her question got me thinking about hospital noise and how technology is being used to help reduce it. [Read More]
August 26, 2008  
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Rochester General implements silent call system
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Doctors, health plans want more time to transition to new code sets
The Medical Group Management Association, the American Medical Association and America's Health Insurance Plans are pushing for more time to transition to the new ICD-10 billing and diagnosis codes proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. On Aug. 15, the HHS proposed regulation that would replace the ICD-9-CM code sets now used to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures with expanded ICD-10 code sets, effective Oct. 1, 2011. [Read More]

Palm, once a leader, seeks path in smartphone jungle
The market for smartphones is becoming fierce. There's the new iPhone, the old BlackBerry, and now Palm is attempting to make a reentry into the market. This New York Times article takes a look at the new the Treo Pro. [Read More]

Medical 'miracle' machines: not all they're cracked up to be
These medical devices can cure cancer, defeat allergies, eliminate parasites, and put an end to AIDS. Sound too good to be true? This Seattle Times investigation proves that some technology doesn't quite live up to its maker's claims. [Read More]
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