HealthLeaders Media IT - March 10, 2009 | Stimulus Money + EHR + Medical Home = Reform
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Stimulus Money + EHR +
Medical Home = Reform

Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

There are five areas the United States has to concentrate on in order to improve healthcare: coverage for all, payment incentive reform and realignment, wellness initiatives, quality improvement, and health information technology. That is what American Hospital Association President Richard Umbdenstock told key stakeholders last week during President Obama's White House healthcare summit. [Read More]
March 10, 2009
Editor's Picks
Catching the healthcare IT wave
You don't hear a lot about new high-tech start-ups these days. But the infusion of cash the health information technology sector is set to receive from the federal government could very likely cause a revival of entrepreneurial attention not seen since the dot-com days. Case in point, the newly named HealthCare IT Inc., which recently began offering services to help with the adoption of electronic medical records and the development of systems for managing healthcare data. HealthCare IT, which has raised about $5 million from various investors, until recently was known as Gulfstream Bioinformatics Corp., but is now making a well-timed expansion in healthcare information technology. [Read More]

Physician uses mathematics and EMR to reduce OR costs
Here's a "pro" for your list of pros and cons of purchasing an EMR. A physician in Iowa has devised a way to use electronic medical data to help control costs associated with operating room and anesthesia scheduling. The changes help OR managers better estimate how long a particular case will last, making it easier and more cost-efficient to schedule subsequent cases in the same room, says Franklin Dexter, MD, a University of Iowa physician and expert in operations research. The new system combines information about a patient's vital signs in the OR with historical data about how long cases typically last and applies statistical mathematics to provide realistic estimates of the remaining time needed for an ongoing OR case. [Read More]

Academic claims to find sensitive medical info exposed on peer-to-peer networks
The safety of information on peer-to-peer networks has been debated for some time. Proponents say it offers an inexpensive, secure way to transmit data between medical providers. Critics maintain the networks are vulnerable to hackers and data leaks. Now the director of the Center for Digital Strategies at Dartmouth College says he found thousands of sensitive medical records leaked over peer-to-peer networks from computers at hospitals, clinics, and elsewhere. And all it took was entering a few simple search terms on some file sharing networks. [Read More]

Some MDs try to amputate online reviews
Offering a slight respite from all of the stimulus, EMR, and healthcare reform news, here's an article about physicians who aren't all that happy with online ratings. Apparently, some doctors are so concerned about being negatively reviewed on Web sites like Yelp, RateMDs, and Angie's List that they are asking patients to sign agreements that bar them from posting negative online reviews. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Report questions stimulus bill health IT money
AP/Yahoo News - March 10, 2009

MRIs may burn patients who wear drug patches
New York Times - March 6, 2009

Is there a doctor in the mouse?
Wall Street Journal - March 5, 2009

Less Than 1% of U.S. Hospitals at Stage 6 EMR Adoption
Kathryn Mackenzie, for HealthLeaders Media - March 4, 2009
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