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iPhone 4: Pixel Boost a Boon for Healthcare Apps
Gienna Shaw, Technology Editor

Unveiled yesterday at Apple's annual conference for software developers, the iPhone 4 is thinner, prettier, and has a longer battery life than its predecessor. But for healthcare professionals, the big news is that it shoots hi-def video and is packed with four times the pixels. Good for Farmville fans; even better for those who use medical apps, many of which rely on high resolution and advanced sharing capabilities. [Read More]
June 8, 2010
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Using HHS Health Data: Got an App for Quality Care?
A call from the Department of Health and Human Service and the Institute of Medicine for innovative ways to distribute local, regional, and national public health data has been answered in the form of the Community Health Data Initiative—which will use free Web applications, mobile phone applications, social media, video games, and other cutting edge technologies, as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, to "put our public health data to work." [Read More]

Joint Commission Pushes Back Telemedicine Requirements Until March 2011
The Joint Commission has announced its plan to implement CMS telemedicine standards for hospitals has been pushed back until March 2011, according to an official announcement from the accrediting body. Originally slated for implementation on July 15, 2010, The Joint Commission had intended to better align its requirements with CMS standards for telemedicine services, specifically for the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers. CMS issued an extension to The Joint Commission on the grounds that CMS has proposed changes to telemedicine requirements. [Read More]

Virtual Colonoscopy Emerges As Turf Battle Between Radiologists, Gastroenterologists
Congress should pass proposed legislation requiring Medicare to pay for "virtual" CT colonography screening because it is just as accurate as colonoscopy, but has lower distension rates, extremely low chance of perforation, and is less expensive and faster, the American College of Radiology says. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has held back on issuing a national coverage decision for the procedure, suggesting that it needs more research and trials. Also, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there is insufficient evidence to determine whether its benefits outweigh potential harms, primarily because the technique is not as good as colonoscopy at detecting polyps or smaller lesions. [Read More]

Hospital Nearly Doubles Medication Scanning Rates
In its first Bar Code Point of Care (BCPOC) technology pilot programs, Baystate Medical Center, a 653-bed teaching hospital in Springfield, MA, reported a 50% bedside scanning rate for all medications and a medication error rate of 1.2 errors per 1,000 patient days. After implementing BCPOC organizationwide in September 2008, BMC improved its medication scanning rates to 87%-90%. The medication error rate also decreased to 0.3 errors per 1,000 patient days, a 75% reduction. "What is so impactful about the whole process is that all departments—with the exception of some emergency departments—are fully bar coded," says Gary Kerr, director of pharmacy services at BMC. "The central pharmacy has been re-engineered to support the outputs necessary to drive and sustain medication bar codes." [Read More]

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