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Stimulus Funds Can Lead to Health Information Exchange Networks
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

With the announcement that the federal government's plans to spend $19 billion to spur the use of computerized patient records, the industry has a renewed interest in how and when hospitals should begin to adopt electronic health records. But what about hospitals already entrenched in EHR? What's next for them? [Read More]
March 31, 2009
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San Diego opens wireless health institute
Drawing on the region's strong life sciences and wireless industries, San Diego is now working to get wireless healthcare inventions out to the public. Thanks to a $45 million gift from a pair of philanthropists, the West Wireless Medicine Institute—the first of its kind in the nation—opened this week. Institute researchers will develop biosensors to measure body functions, and also work with outside companies that have already developed wireless medical technology to ultimately determine whether these devices will save lives while reducing healthcare costs. [Read More]

With too few doctors trained on it, surgical robot sits unused at Texas hospital
The $1.75 million da Vinci surgical robot at JPS Diagnostic & Surgery Hospital of Arlington (TX) has gone largely unused, as doctors there either simply do not know how to use it or are hesitant to learn. The physician most proficient at using the da Vinci robot left the JPS Health Network in January, and hospital officials are now working to train more doctors to use the equipment. The technology is used as a training tool for residents, and allows surgeons to perform procedures using incisions that are about the diameter of an ink pen. [Read More]

Doctors raise doubts on digital health data
Despite the many benefits found in using electronic health record systems, recent studies in the New England Journal of Medicine point out problems in implementing them, as well as with improving patient care and costs. Some doctors are now questioning federal policies that would make EHR adoption mandatory, as the federal government plans to spend $19 billion to push the use of computerized patient records. [Read More]

Nebraska telehealth network gets federal support
As part of the $410 billion healthcare spending package approved by President Obama, the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network is set to receive $95,000. The funding is administered to the network through the Nebraska Hospital Association Research and Educational Foundation, and will be used to improve patient access to care and to provide patient, professional, and community education through established communication technologies such as teleconferencing. [Read More]

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