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Artificial Limb, Skin Advances Add Sensation
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Rapid advances in prosthetics technology show promise in helping those with artificial limbs feel sensations such as pressure and heat and, as a result, move more naturally, with more exact dexterity. [Read More]
November 2, 2010  
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MGMA: Practice Revenue Increases with EHRs
Medical practices that have avoided implementing an electronic health record system because of the associated costs may not have such a strong argument, according to a study published by the Medical Group Management Association. Data collected from both hospital/IDS-owned and independent practices indicates that practices that have implemented an EHR system produced better financial results than those that have not. Multi-specialty and single-specialty practices, including primary care, nonsurgical, and surgical specialties with an EHR had almost $50,000 more in operating margin than practices that still use paper medical records.
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Healthcare Job Postings, Including Technical Workers, Up in October
Online ads for healthcare practitioners and technical workers rose by 26,800 listings to 543,100 in October, posting the largest increase of any job sector for the month, and breaking three consecutive months of declines. Vacancies continue to outnumber skilled healthcare job seekers by more than 2 to 1. The analysis—from the Conference Board's Help Wanted Online Data Series, which tracks more than 1,000 online job boards across the United States—attributes the uptick to increases in advertised vacancies for registered nurses and occupational and physical therapists.[Read More]

Qualms arise over outsourcing of electronic medical records
Indian technology companies are hoping to capitalize on a wave of U.S. spending to digitize healthcare records. But, sensitivity over outsourcing and resistance by American hospitals could thwart efforts to win big contracts, reports The Wall Street Journal. For Indian companies with experience in software outsourcing, the flurry of healthcare tech spending in the U.S. is "like another Y2K opportunity," Pradep Nair, head of the health-care practice at New Delhi's HCL Technologies Ltd., says. [Read More]

HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Patient Experience — Help Wanted
While 72% of senior healthcare leaders say that patient experience has been a priority in the past year, only 1 of 8 CEOs has primary responsibility for it. Our exclusive, original research and analysis examines this paradox and delves into the realm of patient experience and its challenges, including why healthcare leaders report lack of success in achieving the kind of patient experience they need to provide.[Read More]
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Tech Headlines
McKesson to Acquire U.S. Oncology for $2.1B
HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

Texas Health taps social media to promote EHR
InformationWeek, November 2, 2010

Half of Elderly Women Unnecessarily Catheterized in ED
HealthLeaders Media, November 2, 2010

Social media cuts healthcare costs
The InformationWeek, October 28, 2010

Mobile health apps see weak adoption rates
InformationWeek, October 26, 2010
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Hospitals are Predicting, Adapting to Change

The business models that will emerge in the era of healthcare reform are still unclear, but leading hospitals and health systems are already positioning themselves to adapt when they do come into focus. They're taking the first steps toward becoming accountable care organizations even before anyone knows for sure what an ACO will look like—or even if they'll ever come to fruition. [Read More]
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If U.S. healthcare is headed toward a model that eliminates fragmentation and emphasizes continuity and cooperation, stroke care may be leading the way and making a difference in patients' lives. [Read More]
IT Forum

Medical Device Makers: Stop Griping and Embrace Healthcare Reform: During the national healthcare reform debate, many in the medical device industry strenuously objected to contributing their "fair share" to reform through a new tax on their devices. While other healthcare stakeholders accepted the notion of shared sacrifice and agreed to give up collective hundreds of billions of dollars, device companies warned that a new tax would force them to pass on the additional cost to hospitals and patients. And the protests haven't stopped. [Read More]
Audio Features

Surgeon General Addresses Electronic Health Data Security Concerns
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, speaks about the importance of electronic health record systems to America's public health and whether consumers are ready to access and share electronic health data with their providers through EHRs, patient portals, or health information exchanges. "People have real concerns, and that's where government comes in to protect that information," she says, in an exclusive interview with HealthLeaders Media during the American Health Information Management Association's annual conference in Orlando.
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