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Partnership Tests Value of EMRs
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and GE Healthcare's recent announcement that they are partnering to monitor H1N1 and seasonal influenza activity may be just the opportunity needed to generate widespread support of EHRs from the public. Under the agreement, GE Healthcare will submit real-time information on the status of influenza activity from its Medical Quality Improvement Consortium, an electronic health record repository that uses de-identified data and meets HIPAA guidelines. [Read More]
November 3, 2009
Editor's Picks
Digital Divide
My colleague Cheryl Clark analyzes a new report in the online edition of the journal Health Affairs that indicates hospitals that treat the largest share of poor patients are less likely to have adopted IT systems than other facilities, which could further exacerbate disparities of care. Hospitals were separated into four categories depending on how many indigent people they treated, as indicated in a federal "disproportionate share" index. For some clinical applications the gap was fairly significant. For instance, 27% of high-DSH have a barcoding system for medication administration, whereas 41% of hospitals that treat the lowest numbers of the poor had the barcode system. [Read More]

The Picture of Health
Remote monitoring offers a high-tech solution to the critical-care physician shortage. This article showcases how eICU monitoring systems that use video cameras and software to track patients' vital signs can help keep patients in their local hospital while still being monitored by a critical-care physician. The benefits to smaller communities and rural areas are fairly obvious. These institutions can keep more patients in their facilities, because they have the added support of intensivists monitoring the patients—a position that is increasingly difficult for these organizations to fill. But studies have shown that eICUs can also improve care and reduce mortality in large urban academic medical centers. [Read More]

HITECH Act Enforcement Interim Final Rule Published
This past week the Department of Health and Human Services published the HITECH Act enforcement interim final rule that becomes effective November 30. It does not include any amendments to the enforcement provisions of the HITECH Act, which calls for greater penalties for HIPAA violations and increased enforcement through "periodic audits." The civil monetary penalties increased greatly, with a maximum penalty of $1.5 million for all violations of an identical provision. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Work group gathers input on health data exchange standards
iHealthBeat - November 3, 2009

Telestroke Programs Link Stroke Specialists to Patients Unable to Access Care
Cynthia Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media - October 30, 2009

12 New Features in the Latest House Health Reform Bill
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media - October 30, 2009

Small Healthcare Entities Need Red Flags The Most
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - October 28, 2009
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December 3, 2009: Marketing Cardiology: Service Line Strategies for Marketers
November 17, 2009: Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Stroke Care
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Care Team Architecture
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State of Emergency
The nation's emergency departments are feeling the effects of the economic downturn, but innovations in patient throughput and other strategies offer hope for a beleaguered system. [Read More]
IT Forum

Outsourcing Discharge Follow-up Calls Keeps Nurses at the Bedside: Contributor Mark Williard, senior vice president of Beryl, discusses the benefits of post-discharge follow-up calls to patients and offers solutions for outsourcing the responsibility. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Physicians, Patients, and PHRs: Larry Garber, MD, medical director of informatics at Fallon Clinic in Worcester, MA, talks about his experiences implementing a personal health record system and how it has affected physician-patient relationships. [Listen Now]
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