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Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

Over the past 18 months, state lawmakers introduced more than 370 bills relating to health information technology. Of those, 132 bills were enacted into law in all but six states, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. The report shows that states are moving at an unprecedented rate toward connecting their health systems electronically. [Read More]
December 16, 2008
Editor's Picks
Management consulting firm predicts tough times ahead for CIOs
Booz & Co. is warning CIOs that they will likely be less powerful and will remain on the job less than two years on average. In order to retain their leadership positions, CIOs will need to cut costs while continuing to find ways that IT can provide a strategic boost to business during the recession, says this article on [Read More]

Simulators can teach old docs new tricks
I love stories about simulators. There is something so fascinating to me about being able to use cutting-edge technology to help doctors learn surgical procedures. Here the Washington Post tells of an $8 million facility at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco that is using lifelike robots to help doctors learn and perfect surgical procedures. What's interesting here is that instead of residents using the robots, California Pacific Medical Center is targeting veteran doctors who want to learn a new technique or refine an old one. [Read More]

KLAS releases annual rankings best-performing vendors for software and professional services
The annual list includes providers of PACS, radiology systems, EMRs, cardiology systems, and application hosting. In addition to recognizing the Best in KLAS honorees, the 2008 Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards report also highlights the highest-performing healthcare vendors across all market segments, known as the Top 20. This year Epic was rated number one among software vendors, while Hayes Management topped the list of services firms. Other highly rated vendors include 3M, FUJIFILM, Sunquest, and CTGHS. [Read More]

Study: Hospitals plan IT investment despite financial stresses
Despite all news to the contrary, it seems some hospitals still have some money in the coffers to continue on with critical IT projects. A new study by the American Hospital Association, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the National Alliance for Health Information Technology shows that despite dwindling resources, hospital execs feel they have little choice but to invest in IT. [Read More]

Happy Holidays!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy and safe holiday. HealthLeaders Media IT will not publish next week, but will be back December 30.
Tech Headlines
UCSF's cooling method a first for at-risk babies
San Francisco Chronicle - December 16, 2008

From Medicare, a push against paper
Boston Globe - December 16, 2008

Low cost incubator could save lives in developing world
New York Times - December 16, 2008

Economic package to include health tech
AP/Yahoo News - December 12, 2008
Events & Product News
Upright, flat panel digital radiography system released by Konica Minolta

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