HealthLeaders Media IT - October 21, 2008 | The Industry Abuzz Over ICD-10 and RAC at AHIMA
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AHIMA Attendees Abuzz
Over ICD-10 and RAC

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

There were two topics on everyone's lips this year at the American Health Information Management Association's 80th annual meeting: the upcoming conversion from the ICD-9 code set to ICD-10 and the permanent launch of Medicare's Recovery Audit Contractor Program. [Read More]
 
October 21, 2008  
 
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Healthcare and the information-technology revolution
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the future of healthcare globalization through information technology. Professor Amar Gupta of the University of Arizona believes that as technology advances, outsourcing and offshoring of medical services will increase providing more efficient, less-expensive healthcare; systems integrations will allow more medical records to be transferred quickly and safely; efforts to monitor the safety of medicines will gain global access to data; and professionals and patients will find authoritative and up-to-date information on every specialty online. [Read More]

HRSA hands out $31.4 million in health information technology grants
The Health Resources and Services Administration is giving nearly $19 million in grants to 25 health centers and networks to assist in implementation of e-health records and other aspects of health IT. Twelve grants totaling more than $14.3 million will support the implementation of EHRs. Grants worth nearly $3.8 million will help 10 other grantees implement other HIT innovations, including electronic prescribing, health information exchanges, data warehouses, and interoperability with outside partners such as state immunization registries and hospitals. [Read More]

Why doctors still aren't buying the electronic medical record revolution
A primary care physician gives his point of view about why so many doctors are still resisting the switch to electronic. The author's conclusion: the main reason is financial. Up-front costs—which include purchasing servers, computers, and software—can be as high as $36,000 per physician. [Read More]

IT barely gets mention in presidential debate
The presidential candidates made mention of information technology (sort of) during the debate last week. This blog takes a look at the technology policies of each candidate. And though there has been a significant amount of coverage regarding the stance of the candidates on, well, everything, this political tech blog takes a broader look at the stance of each on IT. [Read More]
 
Tech Headlines
UC Davis launches specialty-care network for cancer
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Study urges low-tech solutions for medical errors
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Rural Wisconsin Hospitals Provide Lesson in Innovation: A small group of hospitals in western Wisconsin is providing a lesson in innovation for rural hospitals everywhere. The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative Information Technology Network will get $1.6 million over the next three years as its share of the FCC's $400 million Rural Healthcare Pilot Program. The first-of-its-kind grant will be used to offset the cost of building a collaborative information system and electronic medical records initiative. [Read More]
 
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Deep Impact: Scott Clay, a senior principal with the Noblis Center for Health Innovation, talks about the effect of the deepening financial crisis on healthcare organizations. [Listen Now]
 
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