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Five Things I Didn't Know about Healthcare Technology
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

In the 2009 film Confessions of a Shopaholic, the main character gets a job at a financial publication and finds herself in over her shoe-obsessed head. Her new boss comes up behind her as she sits at her computer. "Did you just Google 'Finance?'" he asks her. "Yes," she admits. "I Googled." Well, I have a confession of my own to make. Since I started covering healthcare technology, I've entered phrases beginning with the words "what is" into search boxes dozens of times. [Read More]
April 20, 2010  
Editor's Picks
OCR Will Post Names of Private Practices That Violate HIPAA
In a reversal of a previous policy written about in this space and on, The Office of Civil Rights confirmed in an e-mail to HealthLeaders Media Friday afternoon that it will begin posting on its breach notification Web site the names of entities they consider "individuals" regardless of whether or not those entities give consent. Currently, OCR does not post the names of such entities (namely sole practitioners) who report breaches affecting 500 or more individuals if they do not give OCR consent; OCR treats them as protected "individuals" per the Privacy Act of 1974. But OCR filed a notice in the Federal Register to modify its existing "System of Records" practices and ultimately lift the "consent" option of these sole practitioners. [Read More]

Large Patient Information Breaches Skyrocket
The number of entities reporting breaches of unsecured PHI affecting 500 or more individuals has doubled since the agency that enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules first posted them on its Web site two months ago. The Office for Civil Rights in February posted a list of 32 entities that since September 22, 2009, had reported the egregious breaches to OCR. On Friday, that number climbed to 64. [Read More]

EHRs Can Improve Patient Care Through Electronic Documentation
Physicians must take back ownership of medical records to improve patient care and improve quality, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Increasing physician efficiency and improving patient care may be possible through the use of EHRs—but a system lacking the right capabilities can hinder the process. For this reason, physicians may want to weigh in when it comes time to adopt new technologies or upgrade older systems at their organizations, write authors David W. Bates, MD, and Gordon D. Schiff, MD. [Read More]

Technology Fears, Privacy Breaches Remain Barriers for EHR Use
Even as healthcare providers and the federal government shell out billions to install health information technology systems such as electronic medical records, many Americans have no idea what they are or how such computerization can benefit their care, according to a survey by Lake Research Partners for the California Healthcare Foundation. For example, 40% of those sampled said they had not heard about tools they could use at home to test blood pressure and blood sugar and send results automatically to a doctor's office via the Internet. And 49% said they had not heard of Web sites where people can get, keep, and update their health information, such as lab test results, medications, and doctor's visits. [Read More]

HITECH Regulations May Come Soon—or Four Months from Now
Hospitals and health systems have been waiting on rules from OCR concerning HITECH provisions since February 17—but asked when it believes rules will be public, the Office for Civil Rights said it cannot predict. Proposed HIPAA Privacy Rule regulations could be published in the Federal Register next week (although that's unlikely) or within the next 120 days, according to privacy and security experts. [Read More]

Time to Tell Your Leadership Team's Story
The deadline is approaching to enter the seventh annual Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare Awards—a program that celebrates stories of great healthcare leadership in hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. There are five categories: large hospitals and health systems (500 or more licensed beds); community and mid-sized hospitals (100 to 499 licensed beds); small hospitals (fewer than 100 licensed beds); health plans (state, regional, and national); and medical group practices (physician-owned, single- or multi-specialty groups employing 25 or more physicians). Winners will be announced nationally and profiled in an issue of HealthLeaders magazine. Last year's winners included Denver Health & Hospital, Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, WA, Cary Medical Center in Caribou, ME, NorthShore University Health System Medical Group in Evanston, IL, and Independent Health in Williamsville, NY. [Learn More]
Tech Headlines
More doctors are prescribing medicines online
Wall Street Journal - April 20, 2010

Vanderbilt's MyHealth system gives patients access to health records
The Tennessean - April 19, 2010

Interventional radiology offers a less-invasive alternative to some surgeries
Wall Street Journal - April 14, 2009

Can technology cure healthcare?
Wall Street Journal - April 14, 2010
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