HealthLeaders Media IT - July 21, 2009 | "Meaningful Use" Goals Still Out of Reach
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"Meaningful Use" Goals Still Out of Reach
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

The Health IT Policy Committee approved revised recommendations for defining "meaningful use" of electronic health records this past Thursday. But for many providers—especially rural community hospitals and solo or small group practices—the objectives for meaningful use are still out of reach. [Read More]
July 21, 2009
Editor's Picks
Duke-Durham Partnership: Informatics Improves Health
A partnership between Durham-based Duke University and the Durham, NC, community, known as Durham Health Innovations, is using medical informatics to identify interventions for community members whose healthcare needs aren't being met successfully by conventional methods. Using data from Duke University's electronic medical records system, the partnership runs customized software that enables them to look at geographic areas of disease clustering in order to treat specific diseases or disorders. For example, Durham Health Innovations reduced the number of senior citizens visiting the emergency room by 68% after it placed teaching assistants and nurse practitioners in elderly apartment buildings to conduct door-to-door health visits. [Read More]

Battle looms over funding cuts for MRIs
Medicare spending on imaging tests in doctor's offices cost $14 billion in 2006—more than double the amount in 2000, according to a Government Accountability Office study. In an effort to curtail the overuse of MRIs, CT scans, and other imaging tests, proposed healthcare legislation would reduce Medicare payments to physicians offering scans in their offices. Opponents of the proposal say that paying doctors less for performing tests in their offices would make the practice unaffordable for some and force rural doctors to send patients to hospitals that could be miles away or large cities that have long waits. [Read More]

Johns Hopkins University to Offer New Master's Degree in Health Informatics
Baltimore, MD-based Johns Hopkins University will introduce a one-year master's degree program in health informatics this fall that focuses on the development of information systems for hospitals, clinics, and public health offices. [Read More]

Hospital Slapped with Second Six-Figure Fine for Records Breach in Two Months
Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Hospital in Los Angeles County received its second six-figure fine for failing to secure electronic patient records from snooping employees. The California Department of Public Health issued an "administrative penalty" of $187,500 after determining that KP Bellflower failed to prevent unauthorized access to confidential patient medical information. The hospital also received a $250,000 fine on May 15. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Vermont community hospitals form shared network
Burlington Free Press - July 21, 2009

CEO of AHIMA to step down after 15 years
AHIMA - July 20, 2009

U.S. panel adds measures to ease telehealth programs - July 21, 2009

After delay, Illinois hospital data to be published
Chicago Tribune - July 20, 2009

Eight Tips to Get Your Business Associates to Comply with HIPAA
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - July 16, 2009
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UnitedHealth unveils details of telehealth network

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