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Instant Information: The Real Appeal of Social Networking
Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

For people who have followed the evolution of social networking sites, Henry Ford Health System's use of Twitter to provide real-time surgical updates from the operating room has made Health 2.0 history. General curiosity aside, one reason the Henry Ford Twitter surgeries have garnered so much attention is the educational possibilities they bring to light for medical students, providers, and the public. [Read More]
February 17, 2009
Editor's Picks
The signing of the stimulus
It has been called the most momentous funding initiative to hit the healthcare industry since the passage of Medicare in 1965. President Barack Obama will sign the $787 billion stimulus package (with $19 billion set aside to bring America's healthcare records into the electronic age) at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science today, and the news outlets are stumbling over themselves trying to the get the newest angle on the package. Here's a good round-up from some of the biggest news outlets on MSNBC.com. [Read More]

Electronic medical records might benefit IT firms
There has been a lot of talk about how this huge infusion of federal cash will benefit healthcare providers and patients, but there is another side of the healthcare business that stands to gain: the vendor. This story from the Dallas Morning News examines benefits and the challenges vendors will face as they attempt to get the multitude of hospitals and doctors' offices and pharmacies and state agencies and private insurers to coordinate with each other and adopt systems that can share that data. [Read More]

Dear Mr. President
Curious about how your peers want to see the stimulus money spent? Here is a packet of letters from 21 health information technology leaders to the president that demonstrate what they think the road map for building an electronic healthcare system should look like. [Read More]

Medpedia launches to join the ranks of social encyclopedias
A new social encyclopedia is launching today with the goal of offering yet another platform for patients and providers to interact with each other. Unlike its "pedia" predecessors (Wikipedia, Wookieepedia, Lostpedia) Medpedia only allows contributions from trained professionals and all contributors will have individual author pages detailing their qualifications and backgrounds. Already the project has received contributions from some pretty heavy hitters in the medical community, including: Harvard Medical School, the National Health Service in England, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Online health data in remission
Washington Post - February 17, 2009

Health benefits from stimulus
San Francisco Chronicle - February 13, 2009

Cigna Web tool tells cost of care upfront
Wall Street Journal - February 11, 2009
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