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2009: The Year that Redefined How We Provide Quality Healthcare
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Quality healthcare is hopefully a goal that all providers and healthcare organizations strive for daily. The results sought are many—good medical outcomes, satisfied patients, improved patient well-being. The list goes on. But one major area that has come under debate is how we can make sure quality care is delivered at affordable levels. This past year brought to the forefront new ways we can provide—and yes, even pay for—quality healthcare. [Read More]
Dec. 31, 2009
Editor's Picks

Treatment Options Narrowing for Drug-Resistant Bacteria
While it may be less well-known than MRSA, drug-resistant strains of the potentially dangerous bacteria, Acinetobacter, are beginning to become increasingly common in American hospitals, according to a new study of 300 hospitals nationwide. [Read More]

ED Wait Times Touted Online, But Docs Point to a Dangerous Trend
Advertising your hospital's ED wait times and the number of patients in line is an emerging marketing strategy around the country as facilities search for ways to grab market share from their competitors and make sure their patients have the best possible experience. But officials for the American College of Emergency Physicians are not so sure the idea is medically sound. [Read More]

Experts: Treat Cell Phones Like Any Other Device with Protected Health Information
The U.S. Supreme Court's involvement next year in a privacy case regarding text-messaging on work cell phones in the public sector could have implications for private companies, such as hospitals. [Read More]

Top 10 Articles from HealthLeaders Media in 2009
This year has been an eventful one for healthcare as the nation's attention has focused on the problems with the current system and possible ways to improve quality of care, lower costs, and insure more Americans. In addition to healthcare reform, health leaders have faced a difficult economy and greater government scrutiny. All of these issues are represented in our top 10 articles of 2009. [Read More]

Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health
Learn how the Sisters of Mercy implemented changes to improve service quality through IBM Service Management solutions. These solutions facilitate a business process transformation that fosters a culture of productivity and continuous improvement. Download the free copy of Success Story: Sisters of Mercy Health. (This headline is sponsored by IBM.) [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Solution to killer superbug found in Norway
AP/Yahoo News – December 31, 2009

Swine flu wanes, but challenges stay
Wall Street Journal – December 31, 2009

Targeting Trouble Areas With Six Sigma Tactics Shows Major Results
Matt Phillion, for HealthLeaders Media – December 30, 2009

Implanted cardiac device testing is scant, study finds
Los Angeles Times – December 30, 2009
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