HealthLeaders Media IT - March 15, 2011 | When Quality's a Priority, so is HIT
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When Quality's a Priority, so is HIT
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Hospitals might be cutting back on spending, but they're still shelling out for health information technology as hospital leaders strive to improve quality of care—and reap the financial benefits of meeting meaningful use requirements. [Read More]
March 15, 2011  
Editor's Picks
HIEs: Still More Questions than Answers
The Department of Health and Human Services doled out more than $240 million in grants to seven "early innovator" states with the intent of helping them implement the IT infrastructure required to support health insurance exchanges. But the agency's action also highlights lingering questions about insurance exchanges. While states are largely on their own to determine what the final product will look like when they are up and running by 2014, they still must conform with overarching principles established by the law. [Read More]

'Smart' Cardiac Catheter Could Speed Arrhythmia Treatment, Improve Safety
A promising "smart" cardiac catheterization device could cut catheterization procedure time for arrhythmias in half, while dramatically improving safety and efficacy, research shows. The catheter combines diagnostics and treatment ability in one device by having tools electronically "imprinted" on a standard balloon catheter. These tools give feedback to surgeons that allow them to proceed with greater precision, and enable them to eliminate tissue damage. Researchers theorize that with the new catheter, the procedure of taking care of cardiac arrhythmias, which can take about two hours, may be reduced to an hour or less. [Read More]

Virtual Discharge Assistant Cuts Readmissions, Costs
Nurse leaders are looking for innovative solutions to improve these scores without adding tasks to already overworked staff. One technological innovation that may become more common is the virtual discharge assistant. A virtual discharge advocate, named Louise has proven so successful in a pilot program at Boston Medical Center that 74% of patients in the study preferred to receive information from Louise rather than from a nurse or a physician. [Read More]

CA Investigating Latest Health Net Data Breach
The California Department of Managed Health Care says it is investigating the loss of several servers containing the personal information of 1.9 million current and past Health Net enrollees. [Read More]

Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [Read More]

Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]

Technology Rising in Ranks of Healthcare Leaders' Concerns
Technology systems and equipment ranked sixth in a list of top priorities among healthcare leaders in eight sectors: leadership, finance, technology, physicians, nurses, health plans, marketing, and quality, according to the annual HelathLeaders Media annual industry survey. That's up from seventh in the 2010 survey and ninth in 2010. [Read More]
Sponsored Headlines
Case Study: Mayo Clinic helps radiologists pinpoint potential problems : Mayo Clinic transforms the way it processes and interprets medical imaging results to enable more accurate detection. Powerful algorithms pinpoint potential problem areas within medical images and flag them based on the probability of abnormality. This process transformation increases diagnostic sensitivity for detection of brain aneurysms through intelligent flagging of high-risk areas.

Case Study: University College London Hospitals: UCLH had to adhere to the 18wkRTT requirements stated by the U.K. government. The BPM based Patient Tracking System (PTS) enabled them to better manage their clinical pathways and resources and also help improve patient experience by reducing uncertainty in the scheduling of treatments.

Discover, Interact, and Optimize for Smarter Healthcare with BPM Powered by Smart SOA: This IBM® RedguideTM describes one of the most significant challenges in healthcare today: the need for healthcare providers to effect patient care positively and proactively in the face of increasing patient load and information overload. IBM WebSphere® business process management (BPM) powered by smart service-oriented architecture (SOA), or BPM powered by Smart SOA, has the potential to maintain the medical common body of knowledge. It also makes critical, current data available to practitioners in a manner that is consistent with the evidence-based, event-driven environment to which healthcare aspires. BPM powered by Smart SOA can also automate healthcare provider administrative and care delivery processes.
Tech Headlines
TN's Saint Thomas to partner with 8 imaging centers
The Tennessean, March 15, 2011

Health IT stakeholders find MU goals aggressive
InformationWeek, March 9, 2011

U of UT Health Care gives patients easy access to medical records
Deseret News, March 14, 2011
March 29: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services


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