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The OR of the Future: Overcome Challenges to Reap Rewards
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Operating rooms are getting a lot more crowded. And the variety of new tools that are cropping up in ORs, from medical communications devices to major moveable medical equipment, will someday be as common and as essential as the operating room table, according to Terry Miller, executive vice president and chief operating officer and William Hinton vice president, of Gene Burton & Associates, a medical technology planning and project management consultancy headquartered in Franklin, TN. [Read More]
March 23, 2010
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IT helps increase nurse time at the bedside
IT plays a role in three of the solutions outlined in the article "10 Ways to Increase Nurses' Time at the Bedside," by HealthLeaders Media Nursing Editor Rebecca Hendren. Bedside nurses are occupied in non-patient care tasks for a quarter of their shifts, according to a new survey. The report shows nurses lose three hours of patient care every 12-hour shift to non-direct care tasks, such as redundant paperwork and regulatory requirements. One example is bedside documentation, Hendren writes. Charting at the bedside improves patient safety, but it's also been shown to save time, especially with the help of technology such as computer carts that can be wheeled to patients' beds. Electronic health records take time to learn and all too often are unwieldy and duplicative, however, causing nurses to find work-arounds that may save time, but circumvent patient safety. When implementing EHRs, involve bedside caregivers in the process to ensure it's user-friendly and avoids duplicating efforts. [Read More]

A HIPAA Reporting Loophole?
The Office for Civil Rights cannot post the names of entities that report breaches of unsecured personal health information affecting 500 or more individuals unless the entity gives it written consent, OCR tells HealthLeaders Media's Dom Nicastro. In cases where OCR does not have written consent, it will cite the entity on its Web site as a "private practice," leading industry insiders to question OCR. HITECH mandates that OCR must post "a list that identifies each covered entity" that reports breaches of 500 or more. Of the 44 organizations listed on the Web site as of Friday, however, seven are cited by OCR as "private practice." [Read More]

New AMA Online Database Looks to Help Docs Contract with Insurers
The American Medical Association has launched the National Managed Care Contract, an online database that the physicians' association said will help its members negotiate better contracts with managed care organizations. The first managed care contracting resource designed specifically for physicians, it's expected to provide model contract language that complies with the managed care laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and to cover the range of physician concerns with managed care contracts, AMA said. The searchable database gives physicians access to updated laws and regulations across the nation. It covers the managed care contracting process, the managed care contract itself, and the business relationship between physicians and health plans after an agreement has been signed, AMA said. [Read More]
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