HealthLeaders Media IT - June 15, 2010 | Five Healthcare Technologies to Improve Quality and Patient Safety
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Five Healthcare Technologies to Improve Quality and Patient Safety
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

There are so many new, cool things happening in the world of healthcare technology that it's impossible to keep up?which is why my inbox is cluttered with e-mails from PR folks who are "just checking" to make sure I got their e-mail . . . for the fourth time. So, since today is National Clean Out Your Inbox Day (OK, there's no such day?but there should be), here are a few cool healthcare technologies that hospitals are using to reduce hospital-acquired infections and help clinicians practice safer medicine. [Read More]
June 15, 2010
Editor's Picks
AHIMA Summit Highlights Future of HIT
HIT has the potential to transform long-term and post-acute care models, shifting from facility-based services to home- and community-based care, Eric Dishman, director of health innovation and policy at Intel Corporation, said at a recent summit on the topic. Dishman outlined the major building blocks of community-based care systems, including telehealth, social networks and online communities, and virtual call centers. The community-based care model will also rely heavily on the use of electronic health records and the interoperability of HIT systems, which were main focuses of discussions throughout the summit. [Read More]

List of Large Patient Information Breaches Approaches 100
The Office for Civil Rights' list of entities reporting major patient information breaches is nearing the 100 mark, just four months into the program. The number of entities reporting breaches of unsecured PHI affecting 500 or more individuals has nearly tripled since the agency that enforces the HIPAA privacy and security rules first posted them on its website in February. [Read More]

HIPAA Experts: Mandatory Encryption Overdue
HIPAA compliance experts call the recommendation to mandate encryption on exchanges of electronic protected health information "overdue," "inevitable," and a necessary step toward ensuring a successful transition to electronic health records. A privacy/security workgroup for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology reported last month that encryption should be mandatory for one-on-one exchanges between providers regarding treatments. [Read More]

Six Major Patient Record Breaches Draw $675,000 In Penalties
Under a law passed after breaches of celebrity medical records, such as those of the late actress Farrah Fawcett, health officials levied six fines totaling $675,000 against five California hospitals where employees and others gained unauthorized access to sensitive information in patients' electronic medical records. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
Medical radiation is a growing concern
Wall Street Journal - June 15, 2010

New iPhone phone apps aim to boost health
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Cochlear Americas Pays $950,000 to Settle Federal Kickback Allegations
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In Haiti, practicing medicine from afar
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New AHRQ Software Made Available to Build Hospital Quality Website
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