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Telemedicine: The Case for Acting Sooner Rather Than Later
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

The availability of faster and more reliable networks, wireless devices, high-definition digital images and video, and the ubiquity of mobile devices is creating a foundation for a system of virtual healthcare that some say isn't just as good as being there—it's better. [Read More]
February 15, 2011
Editor's Picks
80% of Recalled Medical Devices Got Little FDA Scrutiny
Of 113 potentially dangerous medical devices recalled by the FDA between 2005 and 2009, 81% had been cleared under a lenient process reserved for devices deemed "substantially equivalent" to others already approved. That's the conclusion of a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers discovered that these recalled cardiac and other devices were approved without clinical trials or higher levels of scrutiny. [Read More]

NY Hospital Data Theft May Affect Records of 1.7 Million
With the recent theft of an electronic medical records file now confirmed, New York City officials have begun the arduous process of notifying 1.7 million patients, staff, contractors, vendors, and others who were treated or who provided services during the past 20 years at two public hospitals in the Bronx. The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said the theft could endanger the personal information of basically anyone who shared personal information with Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, or their offsite clinics, which comprise the North Bronx Healthcare Network. [Read More]

Medical Image Testing Rate Declines
After years of increased usage, the volume of advanced imaging tests like CT and PET scans as well as MRIs has started to drop, although only slightly, according to an independent analysis of Medicare claims data between 1999 and 2009. The amount of overall imaging has dropped by 7.1%. [Read More]

Safer Scans: Four Steps to Reduce Radiation
Since Cedars-Sinai infamously gave patients eight times the normal amount of radiation during CT scans over an 18-month period beginning in 2008, hospitals have tightened their protocols aimed at reducing patient radiation. Radiologists say limiting unnecessary radiation has always been their top priority, but now they are increasing efforts to prevent unintentional radiation overdoses. [Read More]

Audio conference: Ensuring IRS-Compliant Physician Compensation Plans
As hospitals and physician practices continue merging for survival, hospital-physician integration is of growing interest to the IRS and is increasingly subject to scrutiny from regulators. Additionally, the new Form 990 disclosure requirements related to highly paid officers or employees have created an easily accessible public format for viewing executive compensation. Join HealthLeaders Media on February 156, 1 p.m. (EST), for this 60-minute audio conference, including Q&A, to get the analysis and strategies you need for current tax law requirements. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
Medical device firms say FDA scrutiny excessive
The New York Times, February 10, 2011

No easy solutions for alarm fatigue
The Boston Globe, February 15, 2011

Genetic testing helps cancer patients forgo chemotherapy
The Detroit News, February 15, 2011

Report: More than 6M affected since breach notification rule
Healthcare IT News, February 11, 2011

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