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Cloud Outage Highlights Pitfalls as Well as Promise

Scott Mace

Cloud computing has too many advantages for healthcare leaders to pass up, but don't go in without a disaster recovery plan. Do get together with other hospitals and health systems to share resources without depending entirely on vendors. >>>


Editor's Picks

Striving for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Are meaningful use requirements too specific or too vague? On target or wide of the mark? It depends on who you ask. Some attestations have been fairly easily won, as institutions that have built their EMRs for years fine-tune them to meaningful use requirements. Others are dramatic come-from-behind affairs. >>>

Hospital Glucose Monitors Overlooked as Infection Source

A federal investigation into a hepatitis outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital uncovers an underappreciated potential source of infection in all healthcare organizations: risks around unsafe diabetes care. >>>

Hospitals Could Save $9 Billion Under EFT Rules

Interim final rules governing the use of healthcare electronic fund transfer standards and electronic remittance advice operating rules are projected to save providers billions of dollars in administrative costs over 10 years, says the Department of Health and Human Services. >>>

Adverse Events and Other Rants: 10 Favorite Reads

Chalk it up to vacations, Supreme Court decision withdrawal, or election anticipation. Take your pick of excuses. There wasn't much in the news this week to inspire my usual quality rant, so here are 10 of my favorite columns so far this year. >>>

Intelligence Report

Patient Experience and HCAHPS—Little Consensus on a Top Priority

While 84% of health leaders rank "patient experience" among their top three priorities, less than half of them are making patient experience-specific investments. This original research and analysis, produced with support from Medseek, offers key insight from top healthcare executives, including new case studies from CaroMont Health, Gundersen Lutheran Health System, Inc., and Provena Health. >>>

News Headlines

Maryland: Ready, or not, for Obamacare

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 14, 2012

MA moves forward with statewide health information exchange

RadioBoston / WBUR, August 14, 2012

Doctors fail to review tests before hospital discharge

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 14, 2012

Governors aside, feds begin building healthcare markets

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Associated Press, August 13, 2012

Humble pager remains a lifesaver

HeraldNet, August 13, 2012

Cerner: 'human error' caused loss of access to patient records

The Commercial Appeal, August 10, 2012

IN hospital blames electronic records for rising ER waits

The Republic /, August 9, 2012

Crowdfunded searches for medical miracles

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 9, 2012

Dignity Health working to link independent physicians to health information exchange

Phoenix Business Journal, August 8, 2012

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Rounds: Sustainable Patient-Centered Excellence—Lessons From Sharp HealthCare

Date: Sept. 5, 2012, 9:00–12:00 p.m. PT

Sharp HealthCare leaders reveal the secrets that have enabled them to turn their patient-centered care initiative into a sustainable program that's ingrained in the culture, improves outcomes, and grows stronger over time. By combining their Sharp Experience performance improvement initiative with the Planetree Patient-Centered Care Model, they have built an organization of sustainable patient-centered excellence like no other. >>>

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Refocus: Building the Best Physician Team

As hospitals move from a fee-for-service to value-based world, leaders are exploring how to create a physician team of generalists, specialists, and subspecialists to best meet the new needs of care.  >>>


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