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Biotech: Healing One Cell at a Time
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Research into tissue and organ engineering using inkjet printers and 3D scaffolds has an undeniable sci-fi quality to it. But it's serious medicine, and serious business, partly backed by government dollars. [Read More]
March 29, 2011  
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Dual HIT Programs Reduce Medication Errors at Hopkins
Coupling electronic prescription drug ordering with computer reporting of adverse events can dramatically reduce medication errors in psychiatric units, Johns Hopkins researchers say. "Medication errors are a leading cause of adverse events in hospitals," says study leader Geetha Jayaram, MD, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "With the use of electronic ordering, training of personnel, and standardized information technology systems, it is possible to eliminate dangerous medication errors." [Read More]

Most Hospitals Consider Themselves Early Adopters
In the annual HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, we asked tech execs at hospitals, health systems, and physician practices to tell us about their progress in implementing a number of clinical technologies, including electronic health records, barcode medication administration, physician order entry, telemedicine applications, and physician and patient portals. The numbers range dramatically. For example, 13% have an interactive patient portal and 17% offer personal health records. On the other end of the spectrum, 82% have a wireless network, 66% a physician portal that allows remote access, and 63% have nursing and ancillary documentation. The number of healthcare organizations that say they're early adopters has risen from 34% in 2009 to 42% in this year's survey. Another 36% say they'll wait until a technology is proven and 21% admit they're "behind the curve." [Read More]
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Tech Headlines
Are ACOs Unaffordable?
HealthLeaders Media, March 28, 2011

Consumers wary of social media for healthcare communications
InformationWeek, March 28, 2011

Telemedicine connects big-city specialists and rural patients
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 29, 2011

Database tracks state healthcare reform initiatives
Information Week, March 25, 2011

iPad tops with doctors
CNBC, March 25, 2011

Rule to streamline telemedicine credentialing coming soon?
Health Data Management, March 25, 2011

Federal advisors tackle meaningful use stage two recommendations, timing
Healthcare IT News, March 24, 2011

Getting HIT ready for ACOs
HealthData Management, March 23, 2011
March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

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Hospitals Waking Up to Sleep Centers
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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]
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Building Blocks of the Patient Experience
The healthcare system is on the cusp of accepting the positive influence of patient experience on quality, says Steve Ronstrom, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System Division and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. In a recent interview, the lead advisor for the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Patient Experience: Help Wanted, explains how basics such as infrastructure and technology combined with the people skills of empathy and caring can improve outcomes.
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