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HIMSS 2011: 4 Long Days; 5 Short Stories
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Observations from the CHIME and HIMSS conferences in Orlando encompass the future stages of meaningful use, divergent thoughts on data-sharing, speculation on the end of paper-based medical records, and the sexiness of ICD-10 coding. [Read More]
March 1, 2011
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Massachusetts General Hospital has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it violated patient privacy laws when a hospital employee lost protected patient medical information on a subway, officials have announced. The loss was said to be a "potential violation" of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. [Read More]

Patient Engagement Key to EMR Success
Hospitals are spending billions of dollars to achieve meaningful use of electronic medical records, but if patients don't use the new technology, hospitals may not reap the federal stimulus payments that await. That's the conclusion of a report—Putting Patients into Meaningful Use—from PwC's Health Research Institute, which found that 14% of 1,000 consumers surveyed last fall said they get their medical records electronically from their physicians, and 30% of patients said they didn't know why they would need to. [Read More]

Are Your Business Associates Accountable for HIPAA Compliance?
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights intends to strengthen HIPAA compliance requirements under the HITECH Act. The proposed changes would make BAs directly liable for HIPAA breaches, and subcontractors of BAs would also have to be compliant with HITECH and HIPAA. And that means they would have to comply with the HIPAA Security Rule and the use and disclosures provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. But is HITECH alone enough to ensure BAs and their subcontractors comply? Not really, says one consultant. [Read More]

Robotic Scrub Nurses Could Boost OR Efficiencies
Robotic scrub nurses that intuitively recognize hand gestures? They're not here today, but neither are they the stuff of science fiction. One day, surgeons might use gestures to control a robotic scrub nurse or tell a computer to display medical images of the patient during an operation. [Read More]

Rounds: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
Forward-thinking orthopedic leaders are ensuring high performance and coordination among a carefully constructed caregiver team. Those leaders are also exploring the right metrics to know whether the outcomes they are tracking are the most meaningful to patients. Join the executive and clinical leadership team from nationally renowned MemorialCare Health System and orthopedic innovator Marshall Steele, MD, on March 29 for a three-hour dive into essential orthopedic leadership strategy. [Read More]

Healthcare Leaders Reveal Uncertainties About Industry Direction
Dedication to mission is strong and getting stronger, but just how to accomplish that mission is less certain, according to the just-released results of the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey. [Read More]

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