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Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

My May 1 column (Would Patients Pony Up?) drew quite a bit of e-mail. I've excerpted several below. A number of other readers called for more payer participation in funding clinical IT. I'd direct you to the two lead news articles in my "editor's picks" below. Thanks to all for writing! [Read More]
Gary Baldwin
May 15, 2007
Editor's Picks
Blue Cross, Humana to expand electronic health record
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. and Humana Inc. have launched a multiple payer electronic medical record, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. The record will draw on data from several health insurance plans. Maybe the payers have heard the provider grousing about their lack of support for EMRs. [Read More]

Easing the pain of high-deductible health plans
In another example of payer-driven technology, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is starting a pilot "real-time claims adjudication system." It enables providers to enter a patient's information into a Web site to find out exactly how much they owe for the visit so they can pay the proper amount before leaving the office. Such initiatives can go a long way toward improving the sometimes rocky relationships between payers and healthcare providers. [Read More]

Group airs report on e-records
The Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative was launched in 2005 to consider ways to create a network for sharing electronic medical records within 10 years. This report focuses on privacy, public education, and everyone's favorite topic, how to pay for it all. Download the complete report (PDF). [Read More]

Nurses bridge gap between IT, care
My first assignment for HealthLeaders Media was to moderate a panel on how nurses can use IT. Our panel laid out the issues which continue to face nurses across the industry. Here's an update from The Dallas Morning News, which discusses how nurses are putting clinical documentation tools to good use. [Read More]

Defining technology collaboration
This interview with Alegent Health's CIO discusses the health system's technology collaboration with Siemens. As my April article pointed out, hospitals need to think carefully before entering into joint development deals. In the article, Accenture's Lewis Redd says that many such efforts have not worked out. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Doctors' MRI deals a 'sham,' state says
Chicago Tribune - May 15, 2007

Grant lets clinics share records
Boston Globe - May 15, 2007

Ho'okele Personal Health Planners offers new service
The Honolulu Advertiser - May 15, 2007

National Health Net RFP on track
Government Health IT - May 15, 2007
Events & Product News
Cardinal Health plans to deploy RFID technology in California

Project melds healthcare, banking info

Christus picks bioMerieux

Keystone Mercy Health Plan receives Thomson Healthcare Innovator Award

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. issues voluntary, nationwide recall for cardiac marker
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