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Four Steps to the Next Step in Your Social Media Evolution
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Even if your organization isn't officially on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook, your employees are. Enter the next social media hot topic: the employee social media policy. Representatives from three organizations that have begun that process spoke at the annual Medseek eHealth Client Congress in San Diego yesterday. Here are some of the lessons they've learned and four steps to follow when creating your own social media policy. [Read More]
May 4, 2010
Editor's Picks
CPOE can help reduce mortality rate, study finds
A study published online by Pediatrics suggests that computerized physician order entry can cut mortality rates. The study found that Palo Alto, CA-based Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford reduced its monthly mortality rate by 20%, to about 0.7 deaths per 100 discharges from more than one death, after implementing a CPOE system. The authors estimate the system may have led to 36 fewer deaths over the 18 months that the system was studied after its CPOE rollout. [Read More]

How genetic testing may spot disease risk
Genetic testing to identify and prevent chronic disease has become increasingly popular at a number of leading research hospitals, but it remains controversial amid debate over whether the information they yield will lead to improved outcomes and justify the additional cost. But this Wall Street Journal article describes a study that illustrates how genetic testing can lead to early treatment that may stave off heart problems. [Read More]

MN-based health provider rolls out an online diagnosis service
Minnesota-based Park Nicollet Health Services will start diagnosing minor health problems such as bladder infections and allergies online using technology by Minneapolis start-up Zipnosis. Through the program, consumers can go to and spend five minutes answering questions about their symptoms. Park Nicollet's nurse practitioners will then suggest treatment or prescribe medication within an hour. The 12-month pilot project began May 1. [Read More]

Breakthroughs: The Impact of Personalized Medicine Today
Take a look at how progressive health systems, medical researchers, and physicians are working together to bring the practical benefits of personalized medicine to the frontlines of healthcare delivery. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center share insights and the lessons learned that will help you explore the current and near-term impact of personalized medicine, determine whether your healthcare information technology foundation is ready for the opportunity, and see where lab research and clinical practice are overlapping. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
The Medical Center at Bowling Green Warns 5,418 Patients of Stolen Health Information
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - May 4, 2010

Nashville Medical Trade Center gets first major tenant
The Tennessean - April 29, 2010

Diagnostic Imaging Uses 57% of the Cost of Cancer Care
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media - April 28, 2009

Children's Medical Center Dallas, Texas Health Resources hospitals can now share records electronically
Dallas Morning News - April 28, 2010
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May 19: Five Proven Steps to Improve Patient Satisfaction Scores
June 2: Seamless Systems of Care: Better Alignment, Coordination, and Outcomes

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