HealthLeaders Media IT - April 21, 2009 | Winners and Losers of HIT Stimulus Funds
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Winners and Losers of HIT Stimulus Funds
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

The federal government's $36 billion incentive package to install electronic health records has created a lot of excitement in the industry. It has also generated a call to action. [Read More]
April 21, 2009
Editor's Picks
HHS issues draft guidance on securing PHI
The HITECH Act includes greater notification requirements for breaches of "unsecured personal health information" that is not secured through technologies and methodologies specified by the Secretary. On Friday, HHS released guidance for security breach notification in a 20-page report that defines acceptable conditions for covered entities and business associates to encrypt or destroy their private patient data to secure PHI. [Read More]

Health 2.0
While much of the push for electronic health records has come from organizations that want to reduce medical errors and cut costs, the biggest gains may come from finding better treatments for diseases. This article in The Economist explores the potential impact interactive digital medicine that flows in multiple directions—peer-to-peer, doc-to-patient, physician-to-physician, and online groups—can have on the industry. For example, a Web site called PatientsLikeMe, enables members from around the world to share stories about their ailments and treatment plans. For certain diseases like multiple sclerosis, experts say "the wisdom on this Web site may rival the body of information that any single medical school or pharmaceutical company has assembled in the field." [Read More]

How Health Plans Could Benefit From Health IT
Hospitals and physicians are not the only industry segment that stands to benefit from the $36 billion slated for health IT in the stimulus law. Providers will be focused over the next two years on implementing electronic health records so they can take advantage of the incentive payments in the law, but health insurers also stand to benefit from more health IT. My colleague, Les Masterson, analyzes how health insurers could take a leadership role in developing HIT exchanges, which could allow providers easy access to patient records and give insurers a more complete picture of their members' health. [Read More]

Nation's first chief technology officer named
President Obama named Aneesh Chopra the nation's first chief technology officer on April 18. In this role, Chopra, who is the Secretary of Technology for Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, will promote technological innovations to help create jobs and reduce healthcare costs. [Read More]

Are You Part of a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30. [Learn More]
Tech Headlines
Recession Is Taking Toll on Large Hospital Bottom Lines
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - April 20, 2009

Americans' medical files go digital, by way of Asia
Los Angeles Times - April 20, 2009

Many Hospitals Still Falling Short in Reaching Patient Safety Goals
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - April 16, 2009

Laptop theft spurs patient credit alerts
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area - April 15, 2009
Events & Product News
Virtual colonoscopy at center of policy debate

White House wants to use RBMs to control Medicare spending on imaging

May 12, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop: Cardiovascular Physician Alignment
April 29, 2009: Marketing Neurosciences: Service Line Strategies for Marketers
April 28, 2009: Compensation Packages to Recruit and Retain Physicians in Today's Economy
On Demand: Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement
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IT Forum

Using IT to Achieve Hospital-Physician-Patient Alignment: E-mail, video conferencing, online retail, Google, LinkedIn, and YouTube have transformed our daily interactions with other people and the way we operate business. Ultimately, these same technologies will not only transform healthcare, but the way physicians and hospitals align to deliver care, says contributor Steven A. Nahm, MBA. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Are Hospital Acquisitions Making a Comeback? There has been a shift in the market with smaller hospitals completing acquisition deals. John Reiboldt, of the Coker Group, discusses the market conditions and what it takes to make a purchase these days. [Listen Now]
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