HealthLeaders Media IT - April 22, 2008 | Profit in Confusion
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Profit in Confusion
Gary Baldwin, Technology Editor

After reading my HealthLeaders magazine article, "Claims Quagmire," David Rogers, MD, wrote me to ask, "Who do you think benefits from this inefficiency?" This reader is not the first physician with a contrarian view about the way the industry operates. While I don't know if the claims mess was planned to be the way it is, I do know that in healthcare one person's inefficiency is another's bread and butter. [Read More]
 
April 22, 2008  
 
Editor's Picks
Warning on storage of health records
Two researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient information. This article anticipates, correctly I think, some of the most important—and as yet unaired—issues around the personal health record. While the industry argues about the rightful content and definitions of electronic records, corporations like Google and Microsoft are quietly lining up their products. Is there devious intent? Hard to say. But I would like to hear more about the business model the two software giants envision. [Read More]

SSM Healthcare-St. Louis launches integrated electronic medical record system
Over the next three years, SSM Healthcare-St. Louis will spend $330 million to connect all of its hospitals, physician clinics and patients through one information technology platform in an effort to ease administrative duties and improve patient safety. With the new system, physicians can access patients' information from home through a secure Web-based portal, through their office computers or in the hospital. We're seeing more and more stories like this: the large scale hospital system attempting to standardize on a common IT platform. The challenges are many. [Read More]

Radiologist to pay $7 million fine in CT kickback lawsuit
The owner of a medical imaging center chain in Boca Raton, FL, has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a healthcare fraud lawsuit, which charged that the center billed for CT scans that were never performed and offered payments to doctors to refer patients to its facilities. You can file this one under "technology and ethics." Read to the end and you will come across this bombshell: "The American College of Radiology estimates that Medicare and insurers pay as much as $16 billion annually for unnecessary imaging tests ordered by doctors who profit from them." [Read More]
 
Tech Headlines
Web service addresses health, wellness at companies
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - April 15, 2008

Simulated patient put to work
Nurse.com - April 22, 2008

Proponents look to expand Massachusetts medical-records program
Boston Business Journal - April 22, 2008
 
Events & Product News
Cardinal CEO has plan to trim medical mistakes

Apax to Buy TriZetto
 
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HealthLeaders April 2008
Faith in the Hospital
In a shifting healthcare world, faith-based systems face a new set of challenges in their quest to stay true to their mission. [Read More]
 
IT Leaders Forum

Collaboration: The Power of Data Aggregation: Profound, transformative challenges are making healthcare more accessible, improving the quality and efficacy of patient treatment, and revolutionizing the way valuable information is collected, exchanged and applied. Combing through this data can help drive performance improvement, say contributors Marybeth Regan and Robin Randall-Lewis. [Read More]
 
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