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5 Tech Tips to Boost ED Throughput
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

Emergency departments everywhere struggle with the same basic issue: Moving people through the ED efficiently and in a way that ensures the patient receives the best care. Applying data and technology in five simple ways can help achieve those goals. [Read More]
May 3, 2011
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Spying Technology Creates a HIPAA Nightmare
New, powerful, ingenious, and inexpensive snooping gadgets that are available to just about anyone interested in violating your privacy. Among them, a browser plug-in that allows snoops to monitor anyone using the wireless networks in their immediate area. Can we expect more data breaches on the horizon? [Read More]

Checklist Assesses Hospital Social Media Policies
The latest social media gaffe by the healthcare industry comes from Rhode Island, where a physician was fined $500 this month for posting online, information about her experiences at work. The incident reminds healthcare leaders that organizations must have a social media policy in place, and that management must make it transparent. [Read More]

Physician Groups Update E-Prescribing Guidelines
Five national healthcare organizations this week issued an updated "how-to" guide for healthcare professionals transitioning from paper to e-prescribing systems. [Read More]

Large Patient Information Breach List Climbs to 265
The number of entities reporting breaches of unsecured PHI affecting at least 500 individuals to the Office for Civil Rights, the enforcer of the HIPAA privacy and security rules, has reached 265. By the middle of March, 249 entities had reported breaches, meaning a spike of 16 in the last 45 days, behind the pace established since OCR began posting the breaches more than a year ago. Health insurance giant Health Net, Inc. earned the spot as the largest on the list after it reported its potential breach affecting the health records of 1.9 million past and current enrollees to OCR in March. [Read More]

Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
At the heart of successful physician referral programs are relationships that result in buy-in, engagement, and alignment. How do you build those? And, how do you use data to prove your program's success to the C-suite? Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A and case studies, for lessons and insights from marketing leaders with successful referral programs. [Read More]

Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]

Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for on May 11 a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]

Tech Headlines
Fewer mammograms being done, studies show
CNN, May 3, 2011

HRSA launches $12M rural health IT program
CMIO, May 2, 2011

ACO rules limit patient telehealth options
InformationWeek, May 2, 2011

5 Ways to Energize Your Patient Experience Strategy
HealthLeaders Media, April 27, 2011

Electronic patient consent system planned
InformationWeek, April 29, 2011

Chicago HIE to host 9.4M healthcare records
InformationWeek, April 28, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds
May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

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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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