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Are These the Right Programs to Support HITECH?
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

While the healthcare industry anxiously waits for the definition of meaningful use—which will be defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the next few weeks—I wonder whether the grant programs and initiatives that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has developed during these past few months to help support the adoption of electronic health records and the exchange of health information will be successful. [Read More]
December 8, 2009
Editor's Picks
10 Most Hazardous Technologies in Healthcare
This a great summary by my colleague Cheryl Clark of a study on the 10 most dangerous technological hazards in healthcare by the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit company that evaluates medical devices and processes. Some of the problems that hospitals may want to focus on to keep people safe from technology-related risks include cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes, alarms for patient monitoring equipment, ventilators, and dialysis units that malfunction, surgical fires, and CT radiation doses. [Read More]

AT&T sets its sights on the telehealth industry
AT&T scientists have spent the past year working on prototypes of products aimed at linking patients and physicians across the country via video and medical-information technology. For example, bedroom slippers that have technology built into the insole that can read how well a person is walking. If an elderly patient's gait is impaired, the device, which sends data over AT&T's network, can alert a physician via e-mail or text message and possibly prevent a fall and costly trip to the emergency department. This type of remote medical care has a lot of growth potential, but the main roadblock is still reimbursement. [Read More]

Feds Offering $235 Million to Model Health IT Communities
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that $235 million in funds are being made available to help the industry get a better handle on how health information technology will improve the quality care that people receive. The grants will support 15 "beacon communities," which are hospital systems, provider groups, and state and local governments that are already using cutting-edge technology, according to this article by my colleague Janice Simmons. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Judge Gives Preliminary OK to $350 Million UnitedHealth Settlement
Les Masterson, for HealthLeaders Media - December 4, 2009

Sarasota (FL) Memorial Hospital uses new iPhone technology to help patients and nurses
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House panel split on mammogram guidelines
Wall Street Journal - December 3, 2009

Flurry of HIPAA Activity Expected Over Next Three Months
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - December 2, 2009
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