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Size Doesn't Matter When You're an Early Adopter of Health IT
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

When you think of innovation in healthcare technology, you probably picture a large academic medical center or a large hospital system. But small and rural hospitals are perfectly capable of making investments in new technologies. In fact, one might argue that small rural hospitals that adopt new technologies are even more adventurous than the big guys. They have a lot more to lose. [Read More]
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Docs Buying iPad, But Effect on Healthcare Still in Question
So, I'm not sure if you've heard, but Apple's iPad went on sale this past weekend. There's a lot of buzz about how the handheld device might improve healthcare. HealthLeaders Media Editor Cheryl Clark interviewed physicians waiting in line at the San Diego Apple Store during the debut. They have high hopes—and offer some creative ways to use it in the healthcare setting—but some are still waiting to see if EHR and EMR vendor software will perform well on the device or if it will be practical for viewing radiology images, for example. As one person who commented on the story noted, it probably won't be a question of "whether" but "when." [Read More]

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Gets Boost from New Training Simulator
Like flight training for pilots, a new technology will train practitioners on robotic-assisted surgery. The Robotic Surgical Simulator, or RoSS, was designed by researchers from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). It uses simulation technology borrowed from the airline industry to provide a relatively inexpensive and quick training solution for today's surgeons. "The problem right now is it's a $2 million robot, it's in the OR, the administration wants you to do more cases rather than training people, and a lot of surgeons feel intimidated by it," says Khurshid A. Guru, MD, director of the Center for Robotic Surgery and attending surgeon in RPCI's Department of Urology. "The simulation has been designed in such a way that with a five-minute introduction, anybody could sit on it and start working," says Thenkurussi Kesavadas, PhD, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Buffalo and head of its Virtual Reality Lab. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
CA-based John Muir Health to notify 5,450 patients of data breach
San Francisco Business Times - April 6, 2010

Guidant Pleads Guilty to Hiding Defibrillator Problems
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - April 6, 2010

Repeal of medical devices tax unlikely in Massachusetts
Boston Globe - April 5, 2009

Kaiser plans solar systems at 15 sites in California
San Francisco Chronicle - March 31, 2010
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CIO's Changing Role (Part I): DawnLynn Kacer, the public sector healthcare practice lead for Keane Inc., a global IT services firm, discusses how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is changing the role of the CIO. For example, the meaningful use criteria outlined by CMS will require CIOs to be more engaged beyond the four walls of their facilities, thanks to many of the health information exchange requirements, she says. [Listen Now]
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