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Dear EMR: Greetings from Paris, Wish You Were Here
Gienna Shaw, Senior Editor

An overseas accident and a language barrier illustrate how much better emergency care could be if all doctors had access to patients' electronic medical records. [Read More]
April 26, 2011
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CHIME Weighs In on ONC Federal HIT Strategic Plan
The ONC should provide standardized approaches and allow sufficient time to encourage the adoption of electronic health records systems, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives says, regarding the proposed federal health information technology strategic plan. CHIME says it supports the plan's goals but wants to see refinements that will increase the likelihood for effective and widespread adoption of IT by healthcare providers. [Read More]

Is Healthcare IT Innovation-Proof?
It's perhaps unfair—but not inaccurate—to say that the healthcare IT industry has a vested stake in healthcare inefficiency, writes Jim Molpus in this month's issue of HealthLeaders magazine. "What seems to pass for innovation these days is merely improvement," he writes. "While there is benefit in making an existing product better, innovation requires a higher standard of renewing or altering the business model." Is it possible that healthcare has fought off so many bouts of "innovation flu" that it's now immune to truly disruptive technologies? [Read More]

Imaging Under Scrutiny
Widespread availability of advanced imaging technology and fear of lawsuits has contributed to a surge in scans, despite growing concerns about long-term risks of exposure to high doses of radiation and the growing financial cost of the tests to the U.S. healthcare system. [Read More]

Three Ways to Get Social (Media)
Are healthcare marketers using social media to its full potential? Perhaps not: According to the 2011 HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey, 53% of healthcare marketing leaders feel neutral about the tool's effectiveness in helping their marketing efforts. What's more, most respondents said they incorporate social media in 10% or less of their efforts. [Read More]

Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
Patient-centered healthcare IS accountable care—accountable for quality, for value, and for patient satisfaction. Join us on April 27 live from Griffin Hospital and Planetree, recognized pioneers in patient-centered care, with more actionable strategies from invited thought leaders at Sharp Memorial and the Maine Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot. [Read More]

Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations
Neurological service line success is all about managing the collision of technology, research, and care coordination. Get strategies for managing the collision on May 18, live from Barrow Neurological Institute with invited thought leaders from St. John Providence Health System and St. Luke Hospital. [Read More]

Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
Reform, reimbursement, and reintegration—a triple threat to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) or new opportunities for ROI? Join HealthLeaders Media for on May 11 a 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, to learn how to increase the financial return of ASC operations from leaders with proven ambulatory care ROI. [Read More]

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Tech Headlines
KY AG says University of Louisville doc groups must release records
The Courier-Journal, April 20, 2011

Caution urged as smartphone apps expand into medicine
The Inquirer, April 21, 2011

ONC to fine tune technical guides for standards in Stage 2
Government Health IT, April 21, 2011

EMRs create need for scribes
Philadelphia Inquirer / Philadelphia Daily News, April 22, 2011

ONC plans efforts to develop patient consent for exchange
Government Health IT, April 25, 2011

EMRs provide valuable genetic data quickly
InformationWeek, April 26, 2011

FDA warns doctor: Stop touting camera as disease screening tool
Chicago Tribune, April 26, 2011

Opinion: Better hand-washing through technology
The New York Times , April 26, 2011

Webcasts/Rounds
April 27: Rounds: Patient-Centered Accountable Care
May 11: Webcast: Achieving Ambulatory Surgery Center Success in the Reform Era
May 18: Webcast: Ratchet Up Physician Referrals: Proven Methods & Measures
May 18: Rounds: Neurological Service Line Growth: Telestroke & Brain Tumor Innovations

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Building Blocks of the Patient Experience
The healthcare system is on the cusp of accepting the positive influence of patient experience on quality, says Steve Ronstrom, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System Division and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI. In a recent interview, the lead advisor for the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, Patient Experience: Help Wanted, explains how basics such as infrastructure and technology combined with the people skills of empathy and caring can improve outcomes.
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