HealthLeaders Media IT - December 1, 2009 | Does Your Hospital Have the PACS It Will Need Five Years From Now?
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Does Your Hospital Have the PACS It Will Need Five Years From Now?
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

For the November issue of HealthLeaders magazine, I spoke with two large health systems about their strategy regarding PACS and what healthcare organizations should be doing to prepare for an interoperable healthcare system. I was curious about smaller, community hospitals' strategy, so I contacted John Rousseau, director of the radiology department at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, NH. In 2007, his hospital, which serves more than 20 communities in New Hampshire and Vermont, implemented a Web-based PACS system from Boston-based AMICAS Inc. that has roughly 300 users. [Read More]
December 1, 2009
Editor's Picks
Four Health Leaders Weigh in on Whether EMRs Save Money
Two separate studies by Harvard researchers were recently published saying that health information technology doesn't save money or significantly improve quality. Here is a reaction piece to those studies by my colleague Cheryl Clark, which highlights four healthcare executives' thoughts on whether electronic medical records can actually save money. The value of EMRs will be realized through interoperability and the sharing of information between systems, according to two of the respondents. [Read More]

HHS Will Spend $80M to Train HIT Support
The Department of Health and Human Services announced this past week that it will make $80 million in grants available to help increase the number of qualified technology workers who can help install, operate, and maintain health information technology systems. Community colleges will get $70 million of the grant money to develop non-degree training programs that can be completed in six months or less by people with some background in either healthcare or IT fields. The remaining $10 million will be used to develop educational materials to support those programs. [Read More]

VA, Kaiser plan to link electronic medical records
The Department of Veterans Affairs and Kaiser Permanente are launching a pilot program to exchange electronic health record information using the Nationwide Health Information Network established by the Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative, set to begin later this month, will connect Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect and the VA's EHR system, VistA. [Read More]

Concerns growing over use of prescription data mining
This article by the Chicago Tribune does a good job outlining the key issues of prescription data mining. Critics argue that this data on physicians' prescribing preferences enable pharmaceutical companies to tailor their marketing efforts in a manner that distorts decision-making. But data mining companies and advocates say the information can help control costs and improve quality by quickly providing doctors with information on which treatments work best. The data comes from prescription records purchased from pharmacies and health insurers and physician data from the American Medical Association, among others. That information is then sold to pharmaceutical companies—patients' identities are removed. [Read More]
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Ohio health plan offers online tool that helps sort, decipher medical bills
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High-tech Mannequins Give Nurses Real-life Experience
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BCBS of Tennessee Notifying Members After Patient Information Stolen
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - November 25, 2009

Medical Trade Center Slated for Nashville
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Meaningful Use May Squander HIT Funds, Says MGMA
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