HealthLeaders Media IT - November 6, 2007 | Hot Air and Red Ink
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Hot Air and Red Ink
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

One year from today will be the 2008 presidential election. Healthcare is going to be a big issue, given the rising number of uninsured people, the ever growing costs that are pushing that number higher, and the increasing doubts over Medicare's long-term solvency. However, whenever I hear the candidates start talking about healthcare, I usually cringe. The parties rely on faded--and highly exaggerated--scripts that are preaching to their own imagined choirs. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
November 6, 2007
Editor's Picks
Advocates: Government needs to push harder for e-health
The U.S. government needs to push for electronic health records because they are not being adopted by healthcare providers quickly enough and could prevent errors, according to a group of health advocates speaking at an e-health forum sponsored by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Health IT Now Coalition. [Read More]

Hospitals backtrack on keeping mistakes secret
The Washington State Hospital Association has changed its stance on the public disclosure of hospitals' preventable mistakes, saying now that it won't try to block the release of information about errors such as leaving instruments inside patients and performing the wrong operations, reports the Seattle Times. The reversal is part of a mini brouhaha in the state over proper disclosure of performance metrics. "Transparency" was bandied about freely at our recent Top Leadership Teams event, as most panelists applauded the movement, even though some questioned the value of various "quality" scorecards, which are now proliferating. [Read More]

Some cutting-edge ideas aim to help seniors' health
This Orlando Sentinel story highlights ways that interactive technology can be used to help seniors maintain better health. These range from home monitoring systems to challenging exercises meant to exercise the brain. My hunch is that there will be greater consumer interest in services such as these than in hospital report card data. Most of us would rather stay healthy, for one thing. And for another, the quality data is often too difficult for non-clinicians to understand. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Massachusetts Web site to promote consumer-driven healthcare
Boston Business Journal - November 6, 2007

MDs balance pros, cons of 'super X-ray'
AP/Yahoo News - November 6, 2007

Illinois AG refiles lawsuits in MRI kickback schemes
Health Imaging News - November 6, 2007
Events & Product News
High-tech healthcare cuts down on errors

Microsoft buys Thai provider of healthcare software

Commission publishes papers on EMR certification
Sponsored Headlines From AT&T
Transition to Digital: More and more hospitals are going paperless.

RHIO: Electronic health records could save as much as $78 billion.

Improving the View: New videoconferencing technologies will benefit the enterprise.

RFID: Business Revolution: Advancements in RFID are causing big changes.

AHA Endorses AT&T: Hospitals need secure, digital databases--AT&T can help.
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