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Editorial

Congress Overrides Presidential Veto

Prescription Data Networks Merge

Intel’s Personal Healthcare System

CDC Health-e-Cards

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EDITORIAL


Lowered Expectations

by Michael McBride

It’s been a long time since I expected anything other than glossed over, sound bite journalism from the mainstream media, so Good Morning America’s sophomoric May 28 "report" titled "Does Telemedicine Work?" really shouldn’t distress me, but it does. ... more


Why Is the System Slow? An End-user Experience Webcast from Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
“The system is slow.” We’ve all heard that complaint. Poor HIS system performance, or the perception of it, is a huge concern. Listen to an informative webcast featuring Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, a major Midwest provider. The report shows the issues that can effect IT performance management, and how to alleviate them by gaining visibility into end-user experience using Compuware Vantage.
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Instantaneous Access

A multi-office practice deploys a hybrid EMR, offering secure dissemination of patient information among locations.

By Robert Hendler
A satellite office provides a multitude of benefits to a practice and its patients. However, the logistical challenge of managing paper charts between locations can open a Pandora’s Box that challenges both patient care and practice uniformity; such was the case with Cardiac Specialists, P.C.

With bricks and mortar firmly in place, our new satellite office gave patients the flexibility to choose their preferred location. At times, we were unable to coordinate paper-chart data between locations, which overshadowed many of the benefits provided by our new facility. With 20,000 active and inactive charts residing within our primary office and no technology in place to synchronize patient information (e.g., visitation notes, test and prescription data) between facilities, both the practice and patient suffered delays.

Additionally, because the charts resided within our primary office, physician access to patient information was impeded. In an effort to compensate, staff members would fax patient records between locations, or nurses would read patient information to a physician over the telephone. Occasionally, these communication methods could not keep up with requirements of a group whose specialty by its very nature demanded instantaneous access to patient information in its entirety. In addition, there were common paper-chart inefficiencies — misfiled, incomplete and duplicate charts — that reduced the efficiency of our practice. ...
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eNews

Medical Tourism on the Rise

Several Reports from Deloitte Centers for Health Solutions show a significant rise and future projected growth for medical tourism as well as the expansion of retail health clinics. ... more

Internet Broadcast of Medical Procedures
Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., has embarked on its third surgical procedure to be broadcast over the Internet for patient, medical student and intern educational purposes. ... more

“Smart Bathrooms” Monitor Health
Two Japanese companies are marketing smart bathrooms that monitor basic health functions. ... more

Possible EMR Adoption Bill Revisions
H.R. 6357, the bill intended to spur electronic medical record adoption, is being discussed for revision to include penalties for non adoption as well as the current incentive language so as to spur faster adoption. ... more

Number of High Risk Federal IT Projects Reduced
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reduced the number of federal information technology projects deemed high risk from 489 during the third quarter of this year to 477. ... more

Grant for Maine Telehealth
HomeHealth Visiting Nurses which serves Maine’s Cumberland and York counties was recently awarded $25,000 from the Davis Family Foundation to expand their telehealth outreach. ... more

DoD Assesses Possible EMR Platform Merger
As problems plague the DoD EMR system known as AHLTA, the governmental organization contracts a study to determine feasibility of merging with the far more successful Veterans Affairs Department’s EMR platform known as VistA. ... more



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