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Meaningful Use Spurs Leaders to Take Action
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

While some healthcare leaders are pinning their hopes for their organizations' long-term well-being on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, others are setting aside uncertainty and making strides toward becoming meaningful users of electronic health systems. [Read More]
 
November 30, 2010  
 
Editor's Picks
Hospital Data Mining Hits Paydirt
Data mining, or predictive analytics, can overhaul the conventional hospital billing process, plus offer administrators a much-sought after link between the clinical and the financial. These tools can be used to gather the data needed to support high quality care for a better value while improving the charge recovery process, increasing staff productivity and better controlling costs, writes Karen Minich-Pourshadi, HealthLeaders Media senior finance editor. Without a doubt, there's money in the data details, though it's important to realize that not every data mining effort is going to yield billions. Nevertheless, this technology often reveals a few million in unnecessary losses—and these days that can make the difference between red and black for hospital bottom lines.
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$18M Fiber Optic Network to Open in NE
The Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network, a consortium of nine hospitals and clinics in western Nebraska, has broken ground on a new $18 million fiber optic medical network that—when completed—will extend across the Nebraska panhandle. The project is made possible by federal funding under the Rural Healthcare Pilot Program of the Federal Communications Commission. RNHN will connect nine primary care hospitals and dozens of affiliated clinics creating one of the most advanced and robust medical technology networks in Nebraska. "This fiber network will facilitate the deployment of advanced medical technologies, and vastly improve patient care and physician communication," said Lisa Bewley, CIO for Regional West Medical Center.[Read More]

High-Dose Radiation Imaging Guidelines Inadequate, Researchers Say
A common test to diagnose or stage patients with chest pain and breathing difficulty for heart disease is often done multiple times, exposing patients to potentially harmful, and perhaps unneeded doses of radiation, according to a report published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors say that a single such myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) exam has the highest radiation burden, "accounting for 22% of cumulative effective dose from medical sources." [Read More]

CA Health Records Breaches Net $800,000 in Fines
Six California hospitals and a convalescent home—including four small rural facilities—must pay nearly $800,000 because of eight health information privacy breaches. The violations include two against Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, one of which was assessed at the maximum amount of $250,000 because reports containing lab and other details for 596 patients were placed in an unlocked outdoor locker that was stolen, according to state documents. [Read More]

HealthLeaders Media Rounds: Building Accountable Care Organizations
Hospitals and physicians are working hurriedly to build systems of care that reward quality, outcomes, and high-value care—the ingredients of the accountable care organization. Innovative healthcare leaders like Carilion Clinic and Norton Healthcare are getting ready now for the future of healthcare system delivery. Join us on Dec. 9 from Carilion Clinic and share the lessons these leaders have learned. [Read More]

Breakthroughs Report: Future Healthcare and Collaboration
Explore strategies to accelerate the drive toward more cost-efficient and quality healthcare. In this new HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, leading hospital systems—Virtua, Crouse Hospital, Heartland Health, and The Chester County Hospital—share insights and lessons learned. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions
Brand-new research shows that 64% of healthcare leaders expect an increase in M&A activity between acute care hospitals and both diagnostic imaging and ambulatory surgery centers. As the transaction tide continues to rise, the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Hospital Mergers & Acquisitions: Opportunities and Challenges, reveals key insights to help keep you afloat. [Read More]
 
 
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Tech Headlines
Ultrasound gets more portable
MIT Technology Review, November 30, 2010

Use of CT scans is increasing, raising questions
The Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2010

Health execs laud EHRs for boosting care
InformationWeek, November 24, 2010

The key ingredient to effective cancer treatments
MIT Technology Review, November 24, 2010

ACO Management Depends on IT
HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2010
 
 
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Medical Device Makers: Stop Griping and Embrace Healthcare Reform: During the national healthcare reform debate, many in the medical device industry strenuously objected to contributing their "fair share" to reform through a new tax on their devices. While other healthcare stakeholders accepted the notion of shared sacrifice and agreed to give up collective hundreds of billions of dollars, device companies warned that a new tax would force them to pass on the additional cost to hospitals and patients. And the protests haven't stopped. [Read More]
 
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Surgeon General Addresses Electronic Health Data Security Concerns
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, speaks about the importance of electronic health record systems to America's public health and whether consumers are ready to access and share electronic health data with their providers through EHRs, patient portals, or health information exchanges. "People have real concerns, and that's where government comes in to protect that information," she says, in an exclusive interview with HealthLeaders Media during the American Health Information Management Association's annual conference in Orlando.
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