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5 EHR Myths, Busted
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

The best physician can make a mistake when writing a prescription, the best nurse can fail to remove a catheter on time, the most organized medical records staff can misplace a file, and even top hospitals have areas of waste and inefficiency. But electronic health records systems are supposed to make all that go away, right? Well, not exactly. [Read More]
October 5, 2010  
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Some doctors question new cancer treatment
The NanoKnife cancer treatment technology has been used to treat about 300 patients world-wide and doctors who have used the device say it has saved lives. While complications from the treatment have been reported in a few patients, there are concerns about a lack of evidence proving safety, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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IOM to Launch HIT Study
The Institute of Medicine will conduct a one-year study to determine if health information technology will achieve its full potential for improving patient safety in healthcare. The study will be carried out under a $989,000 contract from the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The study examines patient safety-related issues, including prevention of HIT-related errors and rapid reporting of any HIT-related patient safety issues. It will make recommendations concerning the potential effects of government policies and private sector actions in maximizing patient safety and avoiding medical errors through HIT.[Read More]

Care Management Solutions Go Mobile
Researchers have shown that texting simple messages, about applying sunscreen for example, can have a positive effect on the recipient. These reminder texts put prevention messages in the palm of a health plan member's hand, ensuring at the very least, that they take note by reading the message. Using these reminders also has the possibility of reducing the costs of delivering healthcare services. And although text messaging is wildly popular, we should also look toward the future and consider moving from texting to concentrate on full-featured apps for smart phones to help us create more engagement between health programs and those who use them, writes Kevin Maher, RN, for HealthLeaders Media.[Read More]

Maine hospital opens simulation center
Maine Medical Center officially opened its $5.8 million simulation center, complete with lifelike mannequins that breathe, bleed, wheeze, give birth to babies, and have heart attacks, John "Randy" Darby, MD, the hospital's director of medical simulation says. Residents and medical students can practice everything from inserting breathing tubes to saving trauma and burn victims.[Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Strategies
The rules of healthcare are changing. Today, growth isn't about just getting bigger. It's about developing all of the components needed for coordinated care and reduced costs. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems that have seen the value of growth from mergers and acquisitions—North Shore LIJ Health System, Novant Health, Baylor Health Care System, and Bayhealth Medical Center—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Physician Alignment in an Era of Change
Hospitals are looking to employ more physicians and buy more medical groups; at the same time, hospitals are receiving an increase in inquiries from physician groups for employment. But this marriage is not without trepidation. Elements of payment reform are expected to put considerable strain on hospital-physician relations. In this exclusive report based on original research and analysis, we find out what 258 healthcare executives and clinical leaders think about these topics and more. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
Feds Indict 5 in Johns Hopkins ID Theft
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, October 4, 2010

Sarasota on board with a mobile medical unit to promote health
The Herald Tribune, September 30, 2010

Investors in clinical software await broad use of medical e-records
The New York Times, October 4, 2010
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