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Money is Mobile Health's Biggest Obstacle
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Roughly half of patients surveyed said they would buy mobile technology for their health.  But they don't want to pay more than $10 a month for it. And with little or no evidence that mobile health improves quality and reduce costs, insurers aren't opening their wallets. [Read More]
September 14, 2010  
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HHS Gives $20 Million for Rural EHRs
Some 1,655 critical access and rural hospitals in 41 states, and the nationwide Indian Country will share $19.8 million in federal funds to help facilities convert from paper to electronic health record technology. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that by making this transition, these small and rural facilities can better qualify for "substantial EHR incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid."
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Will iPad transform med school?
Stanford's medical school joins a small but growing group of educational institutions across the nation experimenting with iPads as a way to lighten the load of textbook-toting students, and to learn how best to teach an extremely tech-savvy generation of students who've grown up in a wired world. "So far so good," said Brian Tobin, the school's instructional technology manager who helped hand out the iPads during orientation week. "Some students are learning on it really well," Tobin said. "Others have decided that laptops are still the best option. Some still use paper. And others use some mix of all three."[Read More]

Hospital Fined $250,000 For Not Reporting Data Breach
Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University has been fined $250,000 by California health officials for failing to report within five days a breach of 532 patient medical records in connection with the apparent theft of a hospital computer by an employee. Under state law, that amount is the maximum penalty allowed for failing to report such an incident, according to spokesman for the California Department of Public Health, Ralph Montano. The penalty is assessed at the rate of $100 for every day of delayed reporting after the first five days for each patient medical record that was breached, he said.[Read More]

Telemedicine at the eICU
Access to adequate healthcare is a pressing problem for rural area hospitals, where specialists are rare. Often, patients needing urgent intensive care are sent to bigger city hospitals to receive the medical attention they desperately need. FHN is addressing this issue by debuting its eICU program. The new program is part of the telemedicine specialty, and is a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin e-Care in Madison, WI. This allows for highly skilled care with a team of intensivists, physicians with advanced critical care board certification that specialize in treating the most seriously ill or injured patients.[Read More]

Clean Malpractice Records Don't Correlate with Doctors' Quality, Study Finds
When patients need to pick a doctor, there's not much out there for them to compare. They can check board certification, see malpractice claim payouts, and count years of experience, information available on many state medical board websites. But a RAND study from Massachusetts says that the limited amount of publicly available information doesn't correlate with higher quality practitioners, at least according to one set of measurements commonly used. [Read More]

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