HealthLeaders Media IT - May 19, 2009 | From Pac Man to Public Health: Virtual Disaster Planning Technologies
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From Pac Man to Public Health: Virtual Disaster Planning Technologies
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Simulation and gaming technology can help healthcare organizations run drills with multiple players on various disaster scenarios. Unlike manual disaster drills, which hospitals only perform once a year or so because of cost constraints and the resources involved, virtual simulations could be used more frequently to help hospitals refine their manual drills and develop the most effective strategy for a plane crash, bioterrorist attack, or pandemic. [Read More]
May 19, 2009
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HIT Panel Looks to Define Standards, Specifications Before Tackling Meaningful Use
The Department of Health and Human Services is requiring the new Health Information Technology Standards Committee, which is advising the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, to publish an interim final rule with an initial set of standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for electronic use and exchange by Dec. 31, 2009. [Read More]

CMS refuses to cover virtual colonoscopy
Some experts believe that CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy will boost screening for colon cancer, because it's less invasive than traditional colonoscopies in which a thin tube equipped with a video camera is pushed through the large intestine to view the lining. But Medicare questions the effectiveness of the virtual colonoscopy and has refused coverage. Their concern is that it detects larger polyps better than smaller ones, and if a polyp is found, a regular colonoscopy would need to be performed anyway. For the industry's reaction to CMS' decision to end coverage for CT colongraphy, here's an article by my colleague John Commins. [Read More]

Study: Simulators make surgeons better
According to researchers at the Copenhagen University Hospital, simulators should be part of a surgeon's training. Researchers found that surgeons who had training on simulators in addition to hands-on training with physicians completed operations faster and conducted higher quality procedures than surgeons who did not have the additional training. [Read More]

Patient information theft investigated at Johns Hopkins
A former Johns Hopkins Hospital employee may have played a key role in a scheme to make fraudulent Virginia drivers' licenses. The employee, who worked in patient registration, had access to patients' names, addresses, and social security numbers. The hospital contacted 10,200 people who were at risk for identity theft. It is also providing credit monitoring to more than 500 people. [Read More]
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