HealthLeaders Media IT - November 10, 2009 | Three Fundamentals When Designing for Digital Care
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Three Fundamentals When Designing for Digital Care
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

I had the pleasure of moderating the design panel for the HealthLeaders Media Hospital of the Future Now conference held in Chicago last month. One of the learning objectives that was discussed is how should organizations be designing or renovating their facilities so they are equipped for a digital healthcare system. Here are some highlights of that discussion. [Read More]
November 10, 2009
Editor's Picks
Texting as a Health Tool for Teenagers
When chronically ill patients or transplant patients ignore medical advice it often leads to poor outcomes or, in the case of transplant patients, organ rejection. One of the worst offenders of patient noncompliance is teenagers, which may not be too surprising for parents of teenage children. For instance, studies have shown that teenage liver transplant recipients are four times more likely than adult patients to forget to take their medications, or take them at the wrong time. Rather than scheduling more frequent clinic visits and lecturing teenage patients, this article in the New York Times outlines a different solution—text messaging. Mount Sinai Hospital in New York found that text messaging could significantly improve young liver transplant patients' adherence to medical advice. The program, called CareSpeak, sent text messages reminding young patients when to take their medications. [Read More]

IT leader's role in disaster planning
If they are not already, IT representatives should be key players in disaster preparedness drills conducted by hospitals, according to this article by my colleague Scott Wallask. Actively including IT technicians in the drills will help ease interdepartmental confusion and force everyone to appreciate what others view as the consequences of a disaster. Hospitals should also conduct drills that aren't worst-case scenarios, but centered on IT incidents that may have caused disruptions in the past. [Read More]

Wichita officials concede push for health exchange to state
The Wichita Health Information Exchange was formed earlier this year by the Medical Society of Sedgwick County to help establish a health information exchange at the local level that would enable hospitals, laboratories, imaging centers, and other providers to share patient information like test results and medication lists. It originally planned to have a pilot program in place by the end of this year, but that is no longer the case, according to this report in the Wichita Business Journal. When the Kansas Department of Health and Environment formed a 31-member consortium to lay the groundwork for a statewide HIE this past month, Wichita opted to take a back seat rather than lead the charge. "We think there are resources that are going to become available to help makes these things become a reality," says Jon Rosell, executive director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County and a member of the KDHE's e-Health Advisory Council. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Cedars-Sinai Offers to Pay Medical Costs For Patients Overexposed to CT Radiation
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - November 10, 2009

Doctors embrace social networking
Miami Herald - November 9, 2009

Time to raise the CIO's game
The McKinsey Quarterly - November 10, 2009

HL7 unveils new standard for EHRs, clinical research
iHealthBeat - November 10, 2009

Hospital Job Growth Surged in October
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