HealthLeaders Media IT - June 9, 2009 | Technology Offers Real-Time Monitoring of Hand Washing
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Technology Offers Real-Time Monitoring of Hand Washing
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Washing hands is a key component to preventing healthcare-acquired infections and improving patient safety. Yet, knowing which staff members are more compliant with hand washing policies is challenging at best for supervisors and senior leaders. But a new device is being developed at the University of Florida that can detect whether employees have washed their hands by "smelling" for alcohol, which nearly every hygiene soap product contains. [Read More]
June 9, 2009
Editor's Picks
Decision makers differ on how to mend broken health system
The inequities, shortcomings, waste, and dangers in uncoordinated medical services has been well documented during the past decade. This article from the Washington Post focuses on how best to create a coordinated, high-performing, evidence-based system that provides the right care at the right time to the right people. [Read More]

Gap between vendor offerings and providers' needs
Despite the federal stimulus package, healthcare IT budgets are still tight and providers are looking to IT vendors for creative solutions to keep projects moving forward, according to KLAS' new report, Executive Reaction to the Stimulus Package. More than 25% of providers are looking for way to achieve a stronger return on investment from vendor systems, but "very few vendors have answered the call," the report says. The report also found that 28% percent of providers have sped up or changed the direction of their IT plans since the announcement of the stimulus package, and 43% are ready to move. [Read More]

Minnesota Insurers to debut new Web portal for processing claims
A group of health plans in Minnesota is rolling out a Web-based system, called MN E-Connect, which will enable providers to file medical, hospital, and dental claims electronically as required by a July 15 legislative deadline. Roughly 500 providers have registered to use the Web portal so far and claims submission via MN E-Connect begins on July 1.[Read More]
Tech Headlines
Virginia Warns More Than 500,000 of Possible Records Breach
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - June 4, 2009

Red Flags Rule: Comply Now, Avoid Lawsuit Later
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - June 3, 2009

Hospital miscues: Sending pages to Dr. Wrong
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - June 9, 2009

Doctor gets jail time for online, out-of-state prescribing
American Medical Association - June 9, 2009
Events & Product News
Microsoft buys genetic data software from Merck

Ev3 agrees to buy Chestnut Medical for up to $150 million

July 22, 2009: Service Line Strategies Workshop 2009: Spine Care
June 17, 2009: HIPAA Changes: New Compliance Strategies for New Marketing Models
June 26, 2009: ICU Overhaul 2009: Strategies to Reduce Costs and Improve Quality
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Cash for Computers
With an 11-figure incentive to invest in information technology and electronic medical records, healthcare executives need to determine if this offer from Uncle Sam is the kind of help that they are prepared to accept. [Read More]
Service Line Management
IT Forum

RACs—Self Assessment and Aggressive Appeals Are Key: Reimbursement investigations will likely be pursued in numbers and with a tenacity not previously seen in the Part B Medicare program. Data from the demonstration project shows that while very few providers appealed, those who did saw a high percentage of wins. An aggressive appeals stance on the part of providers, therefore, will likely emerge as a significant deterrent against marginal investigations as the program matures. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Improve Critical Care Delivery: Marc Zubrow, MD, director of critical care medicine at Wilmington, DE-based Christiana Care Health System and medical director of the Maryland eCare project shares strategies to improve the delivery of critical care and offers a preview of the upcoming HealthLeaders Media Webcast, ICU Overhaul 2009: Strategies to Reduce Cost and Improve Quality. For example, Christiana Care introduced sepsis resuscitation and critical care management standards that led to a 49% decrease in mortality rates and a 34% decrease in average length of stay in sepsis patients. [Listen Now]
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