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3 Tech Tips for the Surgical Suite
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

A new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs Report on high-performing surgical programs examines how four organizations are improving the role technology plays in building a surgical program that is not only efficient, quality-driven, and patient-centered, but also a financial success. [Read More]
September 13, 2011  
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Proposed CLIA Rules Amendment Skirts Doctors
A proposed rule drafted by three federal agencies would amend the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 regulations to allow patients to receive their test results directly from labs—with no doctor playing middleman. The proposal was announced at the kickoff of President Obama's "National Health Information Technology Week," where Secretary Sebelius also introduced the new head of OCR and unveiled a voluntary personal health record model privacy notice. [Read More]

How an In-House Consulting Team Saved $3 Million in 9 Months
The leader of a carefully selected strategic services team which serves as a consulting group to clinical and administrative teams at a California healthcare system, says she is "blown away" by the team's results. Team members display diverse skill sets including marketing, IT, and clinical analytics. [Read More]

Wyoming's Winning Meaningful Use Strategy
A critical access hospital CEO shares how his organization became not only the first hospital in Wyoming to achieve stage-one meaningful use, but also one of the first CAHs in the nation to do so. [Read More]

America's Next Top HIE Model...
We run down the three different models of health information exchanges -- centralized, federated, and hybrid -- and outline how each varies according to how patient data is stored and accessed by participants. [Read More]

*NEW* Breakthroughs: The High-Performing Surgical Program
Given a reimbursement model based on outcomes, not volume, only those surgical services that can deliver state-of the-art care, value, and an outstanding patient experience will survive. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—St.Francis Hospital, Methodist Hospital System, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Bassett Healthcare—share lessons learned about new ways of approaching surgical care and strategy. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
IBM's Watson supercomputer to diagnose patients
Computerworld, September 13, 2011

Patient data posted online in major breach of privacy
The New York Times, September 12, 2011

Left to their own devices
The Economist, September 12, 2011

HHS: More than 5.4M patients affected by data breaches in 2010
CMIO, September 9, 2011

Clinical decision support closes medical evidence gap
InformationWeek, September 9, 2011

Hospital tests new patient sensor system
The Boston Globe, September 9, 2011

ONC launches project to query EHRs for population health data
Government Health IT, September 8, 2011
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