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Blumenthal, EHRs: Change for the Better?
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about the feasibility and efficacy of electronic health records systems, but that didn't stop HealthLeaders editors from putting David Blumenthal, MD, on its annual list of 20 people who are making healthcare better. [Read More]
December 7, 2010  
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20 People Who Make Healthcare Better—2010
In our annual HealthLeaders 20 feature, we profile individuals who are changing healthcare for the better, including a number who are using technology to do so. Some are longtime industry fixtures; others would clearly be considered outsiders. Some are revered; others would not win many popularity contests. All of them are playing a crucial role in making the healthcare industry better.
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EHR Certification Final Rule Up for Review
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has sent a final rule to establish a permanent certification program for EHR technology to the Office for Management and Budget (OMB). Review by the OMB is a required step in the process to publish a final rule. While there is no legislative deadline for the release of the rule, at the time the temporary certification program was finalized in June, ONC indicated it expected to publish the final rule for the permanent program this fall. [Read More]

Top 10 Healthcare Technology Hazards for 2011
The ECRI Institute, an independent group that evaluates medical devices and procedures, has issued its latest list of the 10 most perilous technologies in healthcare health providers should keep an eye out for in 2011. The goal "is to increase awareness of these hazards and to stimulate action within healthcare facilities to formulate programs" to minimize dangers, authors say. On the hit list: radiation errors and cross-contamination from flexible endoscopes. [Read More]

Imaging Self-Referrals Don't Reduce Sick Days, Costs
A controversial practice in which physicians self-refer patients for imaging tests with the doctors' own equipment does not result in shorter length of illness. And rather than reducing costs, the cost per episode of care generally averages 4% to 10% higher when the physician self-refers a patient. Those are findings from one of five reports on self-referral imaging published in the December issue of Health Affairs. The articles question current policy and practice that allow physicians to refer their patients for testing with imaging devices they themselves own. [Read More]

Webcast: Tactics to Measure Financial ROI for Marketing Efforts
Proving marketing ROI is both critical to do, yet often hard to do. In this economic and competitive environment, the stakes are high—you need to show the efficacy of your marketing dollars through a commitment to measuring your efforts beyond brand awareness. Join HealthLeaders Media on December 13 for this 90-minute Webcast and Q&A to get specific how-to's on demonstrable marketing efficacy with case studies from Chester County Hospital and Fairview Health Services. [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: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Read More]
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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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