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Patient Portals Get Social
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

The patient portal of today has some neat features that are convenient for patients and save time and money for providers?online appointment scheduling and lab results for example. But what will the portal of the future look like? [Read More]
 
March 22, 2011  
 
Editor's Picks
Small Providers Benefit from EHRs, Survey Shows
Health information technology has benefited small physician practices, according to a report, despite claims that electronic health records and other clinical technologies do not yield the benefits most providers expect. [Read More]

OCR: $5 Million More Needed For HIPAA Enforcement
The Office for Civil Rights is asking for an increase of $5.6 million in its Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal, mostly to adhere to HIPAA compliance and enforcement requirements. The agency is requesting another $1.335 million to help investigate HITECH breach reports. [Read More]

Technology Rising in Ranks of Healthcare Leaders' Concerns
Nurse leaders are looking for innovative solutions to improve these scores without adding tasks to already overworked staff. One technological innovation that may become more common is the virtual discharge assistant. A virtual discharge advocate, named Louise has proven so successful in a pilot program at Boston Medical Center that 74% of patients in the study preferred to receive information from Louise rather than from a nurse or a physician. [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]
 
 
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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
Prospects for meaningful use stage 2 progress questioned
InformationWeek, March 22, 2011

Vanderbilt launches cancer decision support tool
InformationWeek, March 18, 2011

A search engine for the human body
MIT Technology Review, March 18, 2011

Panel examines information exchange goals for 2013 MU
Government Health IT, March 17, 2011

Despite incentives, docs wary about switching to EHR
The Washington Post, March 16, 2011
 
 
Webcasts/Rounds
March 29: Orthopedic Leadership Strategies: Engage, Measure, and Perform
March 31: Boost Market Share with Your Oncology Services

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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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Building Blocks of the Patient Experience
The healthcare system is on the cusp of accepting the positive influence of patient experience on quality, says Steve Ronstrom, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System Division and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. In a recent interview, the lead advisor for the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Patient Experience: Help Wanted, explains how basics such as infrastructure and technology combined with the people skills of empathy and caring can improve outcomes.
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