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Three Things Different About Stark's HIT Bill
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chair Pete Stark recently introduced a bill designed to encourage nationwide adoption of electronic health records. The bill's carrot-and-stick approach might be nothing novel, but I'll tell you three ways that Stark's new approach differs from old attempts at EMR acceptance. [Read More]
September 23, 2008
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IT jobs safe from economy woes—for now
Here's some heartening news for those in IT: your jobs are not in danger. So says an article in Information Week pointing out that the turmoil in the U.S. economy hasn't hit the IT job market. yet. [Read More]

Hospital employees post surgery pics on MySpace
I can't quite figure out why this security breach happened. Two workers at University of New Mexico Hospital have been fired for using their cellphone cameras to take photos of patients in surgery, then posting the pictures on MySpace, the Associated Press reports. This Wall Street Journal blog asks, "What were they thinking?" [Read More]

Human error to blame for Grady data breach
The laundry list of ways to breach security keeps growing. This time it's the passing-the-buck method. The private records of 45 Grady Memorial Hospital patients were able to make their way onto an unsecured Web site in July after Grady outsourced the job of transcribing the notes to a Marietta, GA, firm, which outsourced the work to a Nevada contractor, which in turn turned the work over to a firm in India. Somewhere along the way the information was compromised? Shocking. [Read More]

Study: virtual colonoscopies effective at detecting cancer
A new study showing that virtual colonoscopies are effective at detecting large and medium-sized polyps that can lead to colon cancer could lead to a change in Medicare's reimbursement stance on the procedure. The Chicago Tribune reports that insurance companies haven't been willing to pay for virtual colonoscopies, citing insufficient evidence that they work. But now, Medicare is reviewing data from the new study, with an eye toward re-evaluating reimbursement, the newspaper reports. [Read More]
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