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E-Referrals: Health
2.0's Next Big Thing?

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

A new process that could streamline referrals, effectively lighten the load on the ER, and save millions of dollars? While it may sound too good to be true, a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation outlines the benefits of modernizing the referral process by making use of Web-based systems. [Read More]
October 7, 2008  
Editor's Picks
IT users score higher in P4P awards
A new report shows that physician groups that use health IT consistently score higher in pay-for-performance awards. This article in Government Health IT points out that when the clinical scores of groups were compared, those who rated the highest for IT-enabled "systemness," or depth of an organization's use of health IT, had over 40% higher clinical performance scores than those with the lowest systemness levels, according to the IHA. [Read More]

Stealing information from RFID cards becomes illegal in California
Watch out skimmers, California has passed a law to make stealing data from RFID (radio frequency identification) cards illegal. Under the law, those who steal data could be fined up to $1,500 and up to a year in prison. There are certain exceptions, including some for healthcare workers. [Read More]

Hospital employees in big trouble over alleged bribery, kickbacks in IT deal
Kickbacks, bribery, and conspiracy? Sounds more like a Sopranos episode than a hospital IT deal. An IT consultant and two employees of a Boston hospital holding company face bribery charges in connection with the way the provider funneled software, hardware and consulting contracts to his company, according to this Computerworld article. [Read More]

Two online health site operators to announce a merger
Revolution Health Network has merged with Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several health Web sites. The $300 million deal would give the combined companies enough traffic in the United States to compete with WebMD, now the market leader in the online health category. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
More Milwaukee health systems moving to electronic health records
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - October 7, 2008

Curing what ails GE's health unit
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - October 3, 2008

Rhode Island health exchange said to improve care, but concerns raised
Providence Journal - October 2, 2008

Vermont plan pushes electronic health records
Rutland Herald - October 2, 2008
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