HealthLeaders Media IT - October 2, 2007 | Staying Connected
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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

Recently, I got a hands-on lesson in using healthcare IT. My niece's husband underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, for removal of a massive (10-pound) stomach tumor. Luckily, it was not cancerous. We talked on the phone just once, but I was able to stay abreast of the day-to-day developments as her husband remained hospitalized for over a week. Why? Well, Mayo offers a service that enables patients to create their own personalized Web sites. [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
October 2, 2007
Editor's Picks
The doctor will e-mail you now
This story highlights current projects in patient-provider online services. In a related story, the Jacksonville Business Journal takes a look at physician practice Web sites. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer item discusses Group Health Cooperative's physician-patient e-mail program. Group Health has pioneered several interactive patient services. I covered these and other services in a recent HealthLeaders magazine cover story. [Read More]

Wesley to convert to e-records
The Wichita Eagle spotlights a local hospital's effort to build electronic medical records. The local hospital is part of HCA, which is driving automation across its hospital empire. [Read More]

Hospitals' rapid response begins with the patient
Indianapolis-based Community Health Network has launched its Call FIRST program, which provides access to an in-hospital telephone number for patients or family members to call if they have questions or concerns about their condition or the care they are receiving. This goes to show you that sometimes "old-fashioned" technology like the telephone can still be effective. [Read More]

Ohio health system to offer EHR solution for physician practices
This short story serves as an addendum to our September cover package on EMR Pushback. It's another example of local hospitals jumping into the fray, attempting to facilitate adoption of electronic records by affiliated physicians. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
New Mexico Hepatitis C program wins competition
New Mexico Business Journal - October 2, 2007

Ohio orders up health advisory board
Dayton Daily News - October 2, 2007

Phoenix medical center testing monitors for medications
Arizona Republic - October 2, 2007

Pump buys time in wait for a heart
Sacramento Bee - October 2, 2007
Events & Product News
Bassett Healthcare picks McKesson

Kalispell Regional Medical Center chooses Medhost for ED

Physicians Integrated Medical Group selects PCG

GE announces EMR clients
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.
From HealthLeaders Magazine
HealthLeaders September 2007EMR Pushback
EMR systems promise a long list of benefits, but most physician practices remain unconvinced. Can clinical IT proponents entice physicians to retire their paper charts for good? [Read More]
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