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Data's Impact on Diabetes
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

The tantalizing prospect of an artificial pancreas notwithstanding, the technology that will make a difference in that area is more familiar and less flashy: electronic health records, telemedicine, and basic information networks for sharing and collecting data. [Read More]
December 28, 2010  
Editor's Picks
Meaningful Use Tops Healthcare Industry Challenges for 2011
Record spending on health information technology is greatly increasing the demand for experts in the field and tops a list of hot issues on the minds of healthcare leaders, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute. It ranked the top six issues facing healthcare leaders in the coming year, including the government push for adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records and new FDA rules that will require online reporting of adverse events related to medical devices.
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HITECH: 2 Years In, Verdict Still Out
As the New Year approaches, it's time to analyze what we've gotten out of HITECH so far. What is its effect on the healthcare industry right now? Qui bono? Patients, providers, or the government regulators? There is hardly any tangible evidence that the HITECH Act has significantly changed the landscape of protecting patients' privacy, writes HealthLeaders Media's Dom Nicastro. But the legislation has given organizations plenty of reasons to be vigilant in their HIPAA compliance efforts. [Read More]

Hospital Privacy, Security Officers Make Their Wish Lists
What is on the holiday wish list for privacy and security officers? According to a recent Ponemon Institute study on data security, the answers include more staff, more time, and more resources to protect patient privacy. Of the 65 hospitals surveyed, 71% said they have inadequate resources to prevent and quickly detect patient data loss. In this article, Healthleaders Media's Dom Nicastro caught up with some privacy and security officers to ask them what they're hoping for this holiday season.[Read More]

Feds Seek Anti-Fraud Technologies to Nab Medicare Cheats
The Obama Administration is looking for sophisticated fraud-fighting tools that could enable federal agencies to catch illegal Medicare and Medicaid practices as they happen "Many companies in the private sector, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, have been testing and using predictive modeling programs to help identify possible fraudulent providers and scams based on historical information about the individual or the company in which the individual is affiliated," the Health and Human Services Agency said in a statement. CMS has already used sophisticated predictive modeling to stop federal payments to so-called "false fronts" in Texas. [Read More]

Rounds: Cardiac Care Leadership for Improved Alignment and Outcomes
Join us live from Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital February 15 and share lessons learned from executives at leading national cardiac service lines and medical groups on shared governance, clinical integration, and physician alignment. [Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]
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Tech Headlines
U.S., Europe sign accord to foster EHR compatibility
e-Week, December 23, 2010

Healthcare iPad deployment to approach 70% in 2011
InformationWeek, December 22, 2010

Blumenthal to set aggressive pace for health data exchange
Government Health IT, December 21, 2010

Stolen laptop contained medical data on thousands of patients
Wisconsin State Journal, December 21, 2010
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