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MAY 2008 Articles:

Editorial

Hand-held Device Security Concerns Rise

Medical Identity Thefts Rise

Medical Record Snooping on the Rise

In-body Sensors on the Near Horizon?

Medicare Launches South Carolina PHR Pilot

Wal-Mart Implementing EHR for Employees, In-store Clinics

EDITORIAL


Full Circle

by Michael McBride

Not long ago, doctors made house calls. How nice it must have been to be treated by one’s doctor in one’s own bed, with family about and chicken soup on the boil. No lying in tiled hallways, clinging to cold metal tables waiting on overworked ED staff. ... more





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CMS to Share Part D Claims Data
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a final rule permitting it to collect and disclose Part D claims data to qualified researchers to determine the effectiveness of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. CMS says it has adequately addressed patient privacy concerns. ... more

HHS, CMS Begin Incentivized-EHR Demonstration Project
The government will pay incentives to some small, medium-sized practices through increased Medicare reimbursement to show that EHRs really do work. ... more

HHS Plan for Health IT Adoption
Under the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has developed a comprehensive health IT strategic plan of adoption and rollout by 2012 — two years sooner than President Bush’s Executive Order (EO) 13335, which calls for the majority of Americans to have electronic health record access by 2014. ... more

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