HealthLeaders Media QualityLeaders - September 2, 2010 | Feds Tout 'Blue Button' for Health Data View as a Webpage | Subscribe for Free
Feds Tout 'Blue Button' for Health Data
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
To promote cost-effective, quality care, healthcare movers and shakers are pointing to health information technology to help lead the way. Patients and their families will need to be included in this process as well—to help them get the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. So to make it easier, how about clicking a blue button on their computer screens—just when they need their data? [Read More]
September 2, 2010
Editor's Picks

OIG Warns of Pre-Authorization Violations
A hospital that offers free insurance pre-authorization services to doctors and patients who need imaging tests "could potentially" be doing so in violation of federal anti-kickback statutes, says an advisory opinion issued Tuesday by the U.S. Office of Inspector General's Fraud Prevention and Detection Office.[Read More]

6 Pain Treatment Tips for Physicians, Payers
For physicians, health payers, and policy makers this pain management guidance is essential. One in four Americans struggles with pain without appropriate treatment, according to the American Pain Foundation.[Read More]

FDA Approves Surgical Instrument Tracking Tool
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a radio frequency identification tool that tracks instruments and sponges during surgical procedures.[Read More]

CDC: Flu Death Forecast 'A Moving Target'
Health officials generally advise providers to expect 36,000 deaths annually from influenza. However, this federal report shows that the numbers of flu deaths vary widely year to year. In the 1986-87 flu season there were just 3,349 deaths. In 2003-04 there were to 48,614.[Read More]

High Risk PCI Patients Need Standby IABP Strategy
Use of an increasingly common percutaneous coronary intervention of inserting an intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) to improve blood flow prior to patients undergoing stent placement did not lower rates of repeat procedures, heart attacks or death, London researchers say.[Read More]
Sponsored Headlines From IBM
Mayo clinic radiology process transformation: Mayo Clinic transforms the way it processes and interprets medical imaging results to enable more accurate detection. Powerful algorithms pinpoint potential problem areas within medical images and flag them based on the probability of abnormality. This process transformation increases diagnostic sensitivity for detection of brain aneurysms through intelligent flagging of high-risk areas.

Best practices in complex patient care decisioning: Leading healthcare providers are relying on intelligent decisioning within their business processes to deliver dramatic improvements in patient care and operational efficiency. From clinical alert notification and clinical trial management to staff scheduling and claim processing, providers are transforming core processes through intelligent decisioning.

Smarter healthcare virtual scenario: Process improvement can take many forms, from reengineering patient admission processes to providing healthcare administrators with real-time views of process performance. Access the smarter healthcare virtual scenario to see first-hand how process improvement can lead to new, enhanced levels of healthcare delivery.

Healthcare Executive Brief: Providing better healthcare through smarter collaboration: Healthcare providers are being asked to provide better service with fewer resources and many are turning to IBM® Lotus® and IBM WebSphere® Portal software. Read this brief to see how smarter collaboration can streamline processes, improve communication and deliver outstanding customer service.

Drive better business outcomes through Web portals:Your Web presence may be the only way customers and partners get work done. You need to make those interactions count. This brochure shows how the IBM® WebSphere® Portal portfolio, combined with IBM Lotus® collaboration software, can create a security-rich Web portal that gives customers, partners and employees an exceptional online experiences.

IBM Study: Leveraging the value of portal solutions: The IDC recently did a study comparing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of in-house portal development with that of portals developed with IBM® WebSphere® Portal. The study found that WebSphere portal-based solutions had a 29% lower five-year TCO on average compared with in-house-developed portals. See the other compelling results in this white paper.

Join the HealthLeaders Media Council
If you want even better insight into what your peers are doing as healthcare experiences seismic changes, this is an opportunity you can't afford to pass up. The HealthLeaders Media Council is comprised of the nation's leading healthcare executives who collectively provide the most unbiased industry intelligence available. As a HealthLeaders reader, we invite you to qualify to become a member by completing a brief survey.
Join fellow Council members to:
  • Share your knowledge of the industry by contributing to brief online surveys
  • Access survey results and research reports in advance
  • Pose questions to solicit colleagues' opinions on your organization's most pressing challenges
  • Receive quarterly HealthLeaders Media Webcasts ($1,500 annual value) as a thank you for your participation on the Council

  • [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
CMS Hears Provider Concerns Over 'Observation' Status
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010

10 Tips for Prescribing Controlled Substances
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

Employer's Guide to Healthcare Reform Law
David Barron and Daniel Schuch, for HealthLeaders Media, August 30, 2010

ONC Names First EHR Certification Bodies
Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 1, 2010
Webcasts/Audio Conferences

Stay Connected to QualityLeaders
To help us ensure future delivery of HealthLeaders Media QualityLeaders, please add our "From" address——to your address book or e-mail whitelist.

From HealthLeaders Magazine
Beyond Going Green
July HealthLeaders 2010
Expectations for environmental sustainability and stewardship are growing as healthcare leaders face heightened scrutiny from government and community. [Read More]
Leaders Forum
Bring Your Strategy to Life: Implementation and Feedback Stages: In a robust healthcare system, strategy is executed from the ranks. Employees must understand what the corporate strategy is, why it is important, what their role is within it and how to make decisions in everyday activities that breathe life into the strategy. In other words: they need to know how to execute the strategy. But explaining a strategy is not easy. In part 2 of her two-part guest column, Gabrielle DeTora explains the structures needed to translate effective strategic imperatives to the rank-and-file. [Read More]
Audio Feature
Are long wait times in the ER hurting the patient experience at your organization? Denice Soyring Higman, RN, president and founder of Soyring Consulting in St. Petersburg, FL, discusses how hospitals can dramatically boost patient satisfaction scores with simple patient flow changes and by using clinical data to improve efficiency and productivity in the ER. [Listen Now]
Sponsor QualityLeaders
Contact Paul Mattioli, Sr. Director of Sales, at or call 800.639.7477.
If you prefer not to receive this email newsletter, you can unsubscribe here
HealthLeaders Media QualityLeaders is a division of HealthLeaders Media ©2010
5115 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 21027
Serving the business information needs of healthcare executives and professionals.