HealthLeaders Media IT - November 4, 2008 | The Key to PHR Success Isn't What You Think
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The Key to PHR Success
Isn't What You Think

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

I attended a town hall meeting recently featuring senior executives from Google and Microsoft, who talked about their respective efforts in the area of personal health records. While I heard the usual chatter about why the PHR is good and how it will revolutionize healthcare, I also learned that the two biggest players in the game know they still have a long way to go before the full potential of the PHR is achieved. [Read More]
November 4, 2008  
Editor's Picks
CMS releases details of e-prescribing incentive plan
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final details of its electronic prescribing incentive program for physicians, scheduled to begin on Jan. 1, 2009. Under the program, doctors who agree to forgo pad and paper in favor of e-prescribing will be rewarded with a 2% increase in Medicare payments. [Read More]

Inspector General accuses CMS of shirking HIPAA duties
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General issued a report calling for greater oversight and better enforcement of HIPAA standards by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The IG's report says that too many of the hospital security systems it audited were not failsafe and left patient data "at high risk." [Read More]

URAC publishes revised privacy standards for health information
Independent accreditation organization URAC has made revisions to its healthcare information technology standards that affect Web site accreditation and HIPAA privacy and security standards. The revised privacy and security standards emphasize the need for annual workforce training. Also, accredited organizations are now required to conduct a risk assessment analyzing the use of portable media such as USB drives and laptop computers. The group says the changes were made necessary because more consumers now rely on the Web as their primary source of health information. [Read More]

Robodoc: Surgeon of the future
Here's an interesting roundup of the latest developments in minimally invasive robotic surgery. From a mechanical snake that performs surgery by entering the body through natural orifices to an intricate eye-tracking system that uses the surgeon's gaze to direct surgical tools, the business of robotics is booming. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Machine pulls cholesterol out of blood
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - November 3, 2008

Tally of improperly accessed UCLA patient records tops 1,000
Los Angeles Times - October 30, 2008

Study: Hospitals take it slow with electronic recordkeeping
The Tennessean - October 29, 2008
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