HealthLeaders Media IT - September 16, 2008 | The State of the HIO
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The State of the HIO
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

For the first time, more than half of community-based health information organizations are reporting a positive return on investment, while at the same time struggling to find a sustainable business model, according to a new survey. The findings continue to make the case that health IT has the capability to improve patient care while reducing costs, but also points to significant problems that continue to plague start-up HIOs. [Read More]
September 16, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Competitive concerns hinder HIE data uses
The fear of losing competitive advantage is slowing the development of health information exchanges. A senior health researcher at the Center for Studying Health System Change, said business concerns are slowing the evolution of HIEs into sophisticated platforms capable of managing data for quality management and performance incentive programs. [Read More]

Stark introduces bill to set standards for national health-data system
House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee chairman Pete Stark introduced the "Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008," which would require the government to set clear standards for an interoperable electronic medical records system by a fixed date. It also provides incentives to drive the adoption of standardized, interoperable Health IT systems and includes a provision to impose penalties on healthcare providers who fail to implement them. [Read More]

HP to cut more than 7% of workforce as part of EDS integration
Hewlett-Packard has announced that it will cut 24,600 jobs, or 7.5% of its workforce, over the next three years as part of its effort to fold technology-services firm Electronic Data Systems Corp. into its business. [Read More]

Radioisotope shortage could force delays in medical tests
Thousands of U.S. patients may face delays in getting key medical tests because of a global shortage of radioactive tracers used to perform bone scans and to assess blood flow to the heart. The radiotracer in short supply, Mo-99, is mostly used to observe blood flow to the heart and in bone scans that assess the spread of cancer. The impact on patients is "very serious," said Robert Atcher, president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
UCSF to start $1.6 billion hospitals project
San Francisco Chronicle - September 15, 2008

New online tool lets Seattle-area consumers check up on healthcare
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - September 10, 2008

Revolution Health in merger talks
Washington Post - September 10, 2008
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