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Measuring the Effectiveness of Imaging Tests Not Clear Cut
Carrie Vaughan, Technology Editor

Even though one-third of healthcare providers are continuing a freeze on purchasing imaging equipment, many are in the market to buy again with MRI equipment topping the list for planned imaging equipment purchases in the next two years, according to a new report from KLAS. But measuring the effectiveness of imaging tests and determining when tests are appropriate is not as clear cut as one may think. [Read More]
September 15, 2009
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Innovative technology
A pathogen-detecting scanner that uses a combination of mass spectrometry to determine genetic markers of organisms, a database of genetic signatures, and mathematics to identify pathogens and flag unknown organisms in fluids and tissue samples was the overall gold winner in The Wall Street Journal's 2009 Technology Innovation Awards. The winners are highlighted in this article, including the i-Limb, a lifelike hand prosthesis that has individually powered fingers, and free software for mobile devices called EpiSurveyor that collects health information in developing countries making it easier to track and identify disease outbreaks and monitor vaccine supplies. [Read More]

'Widget' screens ED patients for HIV exposure risks
More than 200 emergency departments in New York State will receive a new computer program designed to screen patients for HIV exposure risks, according to this New York Times article. The application, which was developed by physicians from St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, asks patients about possible HIV exposure from blood contact, drug use, or sexual contact, and then determines whether patients should receive post-exposure prophylactic treatment. PEP treatment can reduce the spread of HIV by 80% if it's administered immediately. Ideally, the first dose should be taken within two hours after exposure, but the treatment can still be effective if started within 72 hours. [Read More]

HITRUST to Develop Health IT Security Certification Program
The Health Information Trust Alliance announced this past week that it's developing a health IT security certification program that will help healthcare organizations determine whether IT products are HIPAA compliant and follow HITRUST's security criteria. The program will focus on products' capabilities, effectiveness, functionality, and support of security practices. Independent third parties will conduct the security certification evaluations, which are estimated to cost vendors $5,000 to $7,500, according to this report in iHealthBeat. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Digital tools let doctors see patients via Internet
Baltimore Sun - September 15, 2009

CT-based Middlesex Hospital offers online clock that tells ER waiting times
Hartford Courant - September 10, 2009

Tech companies push to digitize patients' records
New York Times - September 10, 2009

Four HIPAA Compliance Tips for Business Associates
Dom Nicastro, for HealthLeaders Media - September 9, 2009

Halamka: EHR interface costs likely to plummet
Government Health IT - September 15, 2009
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The Role Software Vendors Must Play to Ensure a Smooth Transition to ICD-10: The healthcare industry may have two years longer than originally expected to complete the transition to ICD-10, but the 2013 effective date established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services leaves no room for procrastination, says contributor Sean Benson. [Read More]
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