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Are IT Vendors Losing Their Marbles?
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

I pose this question after sitting through a press conference on the "2007 Healthcare IT Sanity Check," a survey undertaken by HIMSS Analytics and O'Keeffe & Company. Their survey analyzed how CIOs shop for goods and services in the vast IT marketplace and how well IT vendors meet expectations. The answer, in short, is not very well. When they go shopping for new systems, CIOs, it seems, are Doubting Thomases. [Read More]
February 5, 2008
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Electronic health info exchange must prove its worth to survive
What happens when a data exchange runs out of grant money? This article from the Tampa Bay Business Journal details the saga of a Florida RHIO facing this very issue. [Read More]

Grant to help connect Evansville, IN, with statewide health network
While one RHIO sputters, another gets a breath of life. The Chicago Tribune describes how a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be used over two years to connect Evansville with the nonprofit Indiana Health Information Exchange. The exchange consists of 33 hospitals, 7,200 physicians and 2,445 practices in Indiana, and can deliver lab results, reports, medication histories, treatment histories and more in a standard, electronic format. [Read More]

Marriott e-health record system spots medical mishaps
Here's a story that might make the industry sit up and take notice. It describes how the hotel chain Marriott is launching a personal health record for its employees. The system keeps tabs on possible medical problems in the making, such as patients whose conditions preclude certain medications. The hotel giant is looking to make some inroads on runaway healthcare costs. Some 50,000 workers will have access to the system, from ActiveHealth. [Read More]

How clinical IT is transforming hospital care--for better and worse
Here's a compelling post from a physician blogger, Bob Wachter, MD. It's long, but offers quite a bit of detail about the way physicians analyze and use clinical IT. The discussion of why the abbreviation "U" was flagged electronically is a real gem. [Read More]
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