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Healthcare Workers Wonder: How Did We Ever Live Without Our i-Devices?
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

I recently asked a group of healthcare workers "What's the one technology you can't live without?" It probably won't come as a big surprise that many of the answers began with the lowercase letter "i." In fact, some of the folks I queried sent their answers via devices beginning with that very same letter. [Read More]
June 22, 2010
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Hospital Seeks To Terminate Five Hospital Workers For Privacy Breaches on Social Media
Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA, last week said it has moved to terminate five employees and has disciplined a sixth for using "social media to post their personal discussions concerning hospital patients." Hospital officials became suspicious earlier this year that a breach of patient privacy may have occurred on Facebook and launched an investigation but said that as yet it has found no evidence that patient names, photographs, or other information were posted on the site. Tri-City also has not specified the information these six employees allegedly shared on the website. [Read More]

State Alliance: Proposed HITECH Regulations Coming
OCR will release proposed rules later this month on most of the HIPAA privacy and security-related provisions in HITECH, according to the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA). The organization sent an e-mail obtained by HealthLeaders Media that reported the HITECH regulations would be released in "about two weeks or around June 26th." [Read More]

New tools for helping heart patients
A new wave of smart implantable devices is transforming the care of people with heart disease and creating a bonanza for researchers. The hope is that the devices, now being tested in clinical trials, will save lives, reduce medical expenses, and nudge heart patients toward managing their symptoms much the way people with diabetes manage theirs. Patients, who often are frail or live far from their doctors, can be spared frequent office visits, while doctors can learn immediately if devices are malfunctioning or if patients' hearts are starting to fail, the New York Times reports. [Read More]

Public still pretty clueless about electronic medical records
A Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll of more than 2,000 adults finds the vast majority are not using electronic tools to communicate with their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Only 7% report using an electronic medical record "to capture medical information," while 9% say they use email to communicate with a doctor and 8% schedule medical appointments online. In addition, 42% do not know if their primary-care doc uses electronic medical records for visits or treatments. [Read More]
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