HealthLeaders Media IT - January 6, 2009 | The Health IT Outlook for 2009: Fuzzy
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The Health IT Outlook
For 2009: Fuzzy

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

By most accounts, the health information technology sector in 2008 fared relatively well even as the economy was collapsing around it. Yes, hospitals and health systems have had to make some calculated moves to cope with the crisis, such as delaying facility upgrades, equipment purchases, or health IT initiatives, but those moves could be seen as a small price to pay compared to the alternatives being experienced by other industries. [Read More]
January 6, 2009
Editor's Picks
Hospitals say electronic surveillance helps curb infection rates
Some hospitals in Pennsylvania are using new electronic monitoring systems to identify potential systemic infection-control problems. Proponents of the nascent technology say it helps identify and locate potential problems sooner than is possible by reviewing paper records by hand. However, the Joint Commission warns that the technology should be considered a tool in data collection, but should not entirely replace traditional surveillance. [Read More]

Hawaii makes Internet version of the house call available to everyone in the state
American Well, a Web service that puts patients face-to-face with doctors online, will be introduced in Hawaii on Jan 15. Through the service, patients log on to participating health plans' Web sites for 10-minute appointments with physicians. American Well is working with HealthVault, Microsoft's electronic medical records service, and ActiveHealth Management, a subsidiary of Aetna, which scans patients' medical history for gaps in their previous care and alerts doctors during their appointment. [Read More]

New York ready to obligate $300 million to implement HIE, $1 billion for EHR
New York Gov. David Paterson told Barack Obama's presidential transition team that the state has seven health information technology infrastructure projects that qualify as targets for the new administration's economic stimulus plan. [Read More]

Letter highlights hurdles in digitizing health records
In an open letter to president-elect Barack Obama, a top technology adviser to the American Academy of Family Physicians says current EHR systems are not ready for widespread use among the nation's healthcare professionals. The letter calls on Barack Obama to spend the bulk of the stimulus package on simpler, cheaper technology, such as rewarding doctors for using computers to communicate with patients and for specialist referrals. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
University of Washington med students prepare with cutting edge technology
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - January 5, 2009

Pfizer project looks at side effects
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