HealthLeaders Media IT - September 8, 2009 | Impact of the HITECH Act on a Michigan Hospital's IT Strategy
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Impact of the HITECH Act on a Michigan Hospital's IT Strategy
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Frank D. Sottile, MD, chief medical officer at 290-bed Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, MI, spoke with me recently about Crittenton's journey to an electronic medical record system and the impact of the HITECH Act on the hospital's IT strategy. It began implementing an EMR system in 2001 and went live with the CPOE component in August 2007. [Read More]
September 8, 2009  
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New ICU Technology Creates Eye in the Sky
The eICU at Alegent Health in Omaha, NE, not only manages the vital signs, laboratory tests, and pharmacy data of some 100 patients, it monitors its infection prevention compliance, as well. According to this story by my colleague Evan Sweeney, six nurses in the eICU manage 15 to 20 patients each, in conjunction with on-site ICU staff members, and a physician handles high-risk patients while a pharmacist monitors antimicrobial activity. [Read More]

HIEs start to exchange data
This past week, three regional health information exchanges started exchanging real-time data. The Indiana Health Information Exchange in Indianapolis is now sending information to a small number of physicians in the Bloomington, IN-based HealthLINC and Cincinnati, OH-based HealthBridge networks. Pediatricians in Bloomington, for example, have electronically received test results and reports through the HIEs from specialists in Indianapolis. The HIEs collectively serve more than 15,000 physicians and 50 hospitals, and have more than 12 million patient records. [Read More]

New iPhone application tracks disease outbreaks
Apple iPhone owners can now find out if there are cases of the H1N1 flu virus near them through a new application called "Outbreaks Near Me." The program, which was developed by Children's Hospital Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, connects to HealthMap, a Web-based resource that disseminates information about outbreaks of infectious diseases. Users can report cases of infectious disease and set alerts to be notified if cases are reported in their vicinity. [Read More]
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Audio Feature

Will Your EHR Vendor Be Certified Under ARRA?: Claire Miley, a member of the healthcare practice of Bass, Berry & Sims law firm in Nashville, TN, says it's still too early for any technology vendor to say their products will meet the federal certification requirements for electronic health record systems under the HITECH Act. Providers should pay close attention to the preliminary certification requirements that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should be unveiling this fall to gage whether their vendor's products will be certified, she says. [Listen Now]
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