HealthLeaders Media IT - July 28, 2009 | The State of Health Information Exchanges
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The State of Health Information Exchanges
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Having an initial set of standards and "meaningful use" definitions to work from is a good first step, but there is still a long way to go before the health industry reaches "meaningful interoperability." [Read More]
July 28, 2009  
Editor's Picks
Health IT group approves standards and quality measures
The HIT Standards Committee approved 27 quality measures and 12 standards capabilities that healthcare providers must put in place in 2011. The workgroup recommended that healthcare providers implement 12 HITSP endorsed standard capabilities to transmit discharge summaries; inpatient and outpatient prescriptions; and laboratory test results, for example. [Read More]

Feds Find Docs Are Using Ultrasounds Too Often, Possibly Fraudulently
A recent U.S. Office of Inspector General report found that physicians in 20 counties across the United States may be ordering ultrasounds more often than necessary for Medicare beneficiaries. The OIG identified five characteristics of possible ultrasound fraud in counties with higher-use rates. For example, in some cases there was no prior service claim from the physician who ordered the scan, which raises concerns that he may never have seen the patient. The report found that average per-beneficiary spending on ultrasound in high-use counties was more than three times that for beneficiaries in the rest of the country. [Read More]

Industry not prepared to meet the security challenges
The HITECH Act offers a massive opportunity for providers to maximize the value of data and the promise of new automation. But the industry may not be equipped to capitalize on new automation, according to a Deloitte survey, "The Time is Now: 2009 Global Life Sciences & Health Care Security Study." Data leakage is a huge threat and as healthcare regulations continue to increase, security budgets may not be able to keep pace, the report says.[Read More]
Tech Headlines
Who Will be the Winners and Losers in Health Reform?
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, July 27, 2009

Docs slow to embrace e-tools
Providence Business News, July 27, 2009

Report calls for every Australian to have an EHR by 2012
iHealthBeat, July 27, 2009

Robot will be Rx for Grady Memorial Hospital's long prescription waits
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 24, 2009

Beware of More Stringent State HIPAA Laws
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media, July 24, 2009

Six Must-know Tips to Implement an Effective EHR
Lisa Eramo, for HealthLeaders Media, July 23, 2009
Press Releases
Ohio health network to implement Epic's EHR system

Aspect Medical Systems announces comparative effectiveness research collaboration and licensing agreement with Cleveland Clinic

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Time For 'Dr. Next'?
Generation X and its life-balancing, tech-oriented, team-playing doctors is taking over. But what kind of healthcare will they give us? [Read More]
Service Line Management
Prepare for the Cancer Boom
With cancer diagnoses set to climb dramatically in the coming decades, aligning the right cancer care team and utilizing the appropriate technology become essential for maintaining a patient-centered service line. [Read More]
IT Forum

New Class of Professionals Needed for Healthcare IT Transformation: While there is almost universal agreement on the need to transform our nation's healthcare system, few stakeholders agree on specific solutions. But what is certain is that healthcare transformation will require new models for sourcing, processing and distributing richer, more complex data in ways that facilitate collaboration, real-time decision-making and hands-free automation. [Read More]
Audio Feature

CIO Strategies: Implementing IT in a Depressed Economy: Patty Lavely, senior vice president and CIO of Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA, says CIOs should focus on educating senior executives about what it really takes to support advanced HIT systems, such as staffing levels, infrastructure requirements, and system reliability standards. [Listen Now]
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