HealthLeaders Media IT - February 8, 2011 | What ONC Needs Now: Another Doc Who Listens
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What ONC Needs Now: Another Doc Who Listens
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

As national coordinator for health IT David Blumenthal, MD, prepares to leave his post, healthcare leaders discuss the qualities they'd like to see in his successor—and which made him an effective champion of electronic health systems and health information exchanges. [Read More]
February 8, 2011
Editor's Picks
Fed HIT Chief Blumenthal to Step Down
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology David Blumenthal, MD, who helped craft regulations to speed healthcare providers' adoption of electronic record systems, and execute a $27 billion incentive program, is stepping down in the spring to return to Harvard Medical School. In a memo to staff, Blumenthal wrote: "We are already seeing results that indicate that the national shift to (electronic health records) and (health information technology)-assisted care is finally underway." Between 2008 and 2010, he said, the percentage of primary care physicians with electronic health records had increased from 19.6% to 29.6%. [Read More]

RFID 100% Accurate in Surgical Sponge Tracking Test
Surgical sponges embedded with a radiofrequency chip were identified 100% of the time, an accuracy rate far better than traditional counting or use of radiographs during surgery, according to a study at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City. [Read More]

Risk of Medical Errors by ED Doctors Linked to Interruptions
Despite the increase in electronic medical records and point of care testing systems, emergency department physicians haven't increased the amount of time they spend on direct care activities, according to Carey D. Chisholm, MD, lead author a study involving emergency room physicians. The study found emergency department physicians are badgered by interruptions, many of which cause them to change tasks, leave tasks unfinished, and predispose them to making medical errors. In a normal two-hour period, an academic emergency room physician may treat as many as 16 patients at the same time, but interact with as many as 132 individuals. [Read More]

Audio conference: Ensuring IRS-Compliant Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 86, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
Blumenthal slams EHR critics
InformationWeek, February 8, 2011

Doctors can now see MRIs on iPhone, iPad
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, February 7, 2011

FDA orders review of jaw joint implants
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 8, 2011

Iowa hospital to fire 3 over patients' records breach
Iowa City Press-Citizen/Associated Press, February 4, 2011

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Jan. 25: The Power of Primary Care in an Era of Change

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