HealthLeaders Media IT - April 29, 2008 | The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

At a recent appointment with my ophthalmologist, the topic turned to electronic medical records. Although brief, our conversation quickly focused on one of the key obstacles facing physicians as they convert to EMRs. Medicine is so highly specialized that having a one-size-fits-all documentation template is all but impossible. [Read More]
 
April 29, 2008  
 
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Few U.S. doctors answer e-mails from patients
To readers of HealthLeaders IT, this may seem like old news. It is for people who follow the industry closely. But this article appeared in Yahoo News, a popular outlet highly trafficked by the public. Stories like this can have a copycat effect, so we might expect to see more news outlets covering the absence of communications technology among patients and physicians. That may promote patient demand. Many issues remain to be worked out, however, before online communication like this can be effective. I certainly appreciate why physicians might be fearful of an overload of messages. The other twist is that these services are not really "e-mail," but rather secure messaging. A world of difference there, even though it may well be lost on the headline writers at Yahoo. [Read More]

Robot makes spinal medicine more precise
A robot in a lab at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is making spinal medicine more precise. This article outlines how researchers at the center use the robot to analyze artificial discs. Apparently the robot mimics the stresses a real human puts on the discs, using proprietary software to do the work. [Read More]

Money short for Florida records network
A plan by Florida lawmakers to promote a statewide health information exchange faces a dubious future. Reason: money. The promise of RHIOs meets the political realities of limited resources. [Read More]
 
Tech Headlines
Louisiana eyes hospital comparison Web site
New Orleans Times-Picayune - April 28, 2008

Health Records, Personal Data Of 2.1 Million UM Patients Stolen
Florida Healthflash - April 22, 2008

States crack down on online gene tests
Forbes.com - April 28, 2008
 
Events & Product News
FDA sends Philips warning letter for CT, nuclear imaging systems

CCHIT seeks work group volunteers
 
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From HealthLeaders Magazine
HealthLeaders April 2008
Faith in the Hospital
In a shifting healthcare world, faith-based systems face a new set of challenges in their quest to stay true to their mission. [Read More]
 
IT Leaders Forum

Collaboration: The Power of Data Aggregation: Profound, transformative challenges are making healthcare more accessible, improving the quality and efficacy of patient treatment, and revolutionizing the way valuable information is collected, exchanged and applied. Combing through this data can help drive performance improvement, say contributors Marybeth Regan and Robin Randall-Lewis. [Read More]
 
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New Media is Here to Stay: Elizabeth Scott, associate vice president of marketing and eBusiness for Norton Healthcare, talks about some of the specific factors facilities should consider before embarking on a new media strategy. [Listen Now]
 
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