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PR for EHRs: More to the Story Than Data Breaches
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Electronic medical record systems make headlines when data is lost or stolen, but one way to counter that negative press is to publicize some of the positive stories about how health information data can improve care, prevent errors, and save lives. [Read More]
March 8, 2011
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EMR Market Grew 13.6% in 2010
Confusion over vendor qualifications and federal guidelines slowed somewhat the projected growth rate of electronic medical records systems to 13.6% in 2010, a value of $15.7 billion, according to a study by the healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information. [Read More]

Nurses vs. Robots: No Contest
An article about robotic technology caused controversy when it appeared to imply that "nurse" robots could replace scrub nurses. The flurry of emails and discussion it generated illustrates the nursing profession's perception problems, writes HealthLeaders Media editor Rebecca Hendren. "When a profession is misunderstood and undervalued, it does not reach its potential. In the era of healthcare reform, we need nurses—fully-engaged, well-educated, skilled professionals with vigilant observational and critical thinking skills—to meet the needs of...patients." [Read More]

Webcast: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
Given the growing trend toward all-inclusive cancer centers, do you know how to differentiate your own oncology services to protect and grow your market share? Your oncology care is distinct. Its marketing should be, too. Join HealthLeaders Media on March 31 for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and a case study, for valuable lessons from marketing leaders. [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]

Technology Rising in Ranks of Healthcare Leaders' Concerns
Technology systems and equipment ranked sixth in a list of top priorities among healthcare leaders in eight sectors: leadership, finance, technology, physicians, nurses, health plans, marketing, and quality, according to the annual HelathLeaders Media annual industry survey. That's up from seventh in the 2010 survey and ninth in 2010. Quality and patient safety, cost reduction, and patient experience and satisfaction ranked first, second, and third respectively. Among healthcare leaders, the number was just slightly higher—it ranked fifth this year. Data from the survey is presented in several reports—they include individual results from technology, finance, marketing, quality, and health plan leaders in addition to an overall cross-sector report of the results of common questions. [Read More]

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Case Study: University College London Hospitals: UCLH had to adhere to the 18wkRTT requirements stated by the U.K. government. The BPM based Patient Tracking System (PTS) enabled them to better manage their clinical pathways and resources and also help improve patient experience by reducing uncertainty in the scheduling of treatments.

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Tech Headlines
DE hospital copes with patient data theft
WBOC TV, March 3, 2011

WV hospital over-radiated brain scan patients, records show
The New York Times, March 7, 2011

The change in mammogram guidelines
Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2011

Virtual Discharge Assistant Cuts Readmissions, Costs
HealthLeaders Media, March 8, 2011

HIPAA Security Officer Aces OCR Investigations
HealthLeaders Media, March 8, 2011

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March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services
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