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November 1, 2011 / Issue 43

In This Issue

arrow‘Get efficient or get less’ – the latest yardstick for healthcare efficiency and patient safety

arrowApp turns iPad into phone

arrowResearchers create promising vaccine for staph infection

arrowCHIME honors Allscripts CEO with Lifetime Achievement Award

arrowConsidering when it might be best not to know about cancer

arrowHealthcare workforce report questions how to plan for future

arrowNew IBM software helps analyze the world's data for healthcare transformation

arrowUpdate: Could a medical device be used for cyber assassination?

arrowFew healthcare providers are prepared for ICD-10 despite ticking clock

arrowNew hospital-grade TVs aim to curb infections

arrowHealthcare tests social media waters


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Featured Article

‘Get efficient or get less’ – the latest yardstick for healthcare efficiency and patient safety

Big problems could be ahead for a culture that has difficulty seeing any parallels between how healthcare and “industry” operate.

By Anthony Sanzo, president and CEO, TeleTracking Technologies

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White Paper

Eight Reasons SMS Is Unacceptable for Critical Hospital Communications

Many hospitals are using SMS or email for critical messaging today. This means critical physician consult requests are mixed into the same inbox as a simple hello from a friend. In this paper, you'll learn the eight reasons why this is a risky proposition, especially when compared to smartphone application messaging options available today.

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Mobile Computing

App turns iPad into phone

Line2 HD adds a phone line to your iPad, acts as a hub for all your communications and organizes your interactions around people rather than the type of communication (SMS, email, calls, etc).


arrow Watch a short video about the Line2 HD app >>>

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Hospitals

Researchers create promising vaccine for staph infection

Boise State researchers have created a new vaccine that shows high promise in preventing staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause a range of illnesses such as skin infections and pneumonia.

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Industry Accolades

CHIME honors Allscripts CEO with Lifetime Achievement Award

The CHIME Foundation, which represents more than 1,400 of the healthcare industry's top chief information officers, has named Glen Tullman, CEO of Allscripts, the 2011 winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award. The organization recognized Tullman on Oct. 27 as one of the nation's leading advocates for the electronic, real-time sharing of healthcare information to improve patient care, lower costs and drive collaboration among physicians, hospitals and others in the healthcare community.

arrow Read about the award >>>

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Cancer Screening

Considering when it might be best not to know about cancer

After decades in which cancer screening was promoted as an unmitigated good, as the best – perhaps only – way for people to protect themselves from the ravages of a frightening disease, a pronounced shift is under way.

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Policymakers

Healthcare workforce report questions how to plan for future

A bipartisan policy center finds that inconsistent data and a lack of forward thinking pose obstacles to meeting the demand for professionals.

arrow Read the amednews.com article >>>

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Data Mining

New IBM software helps analyze the world's data for healthcare transformation

IBM has introduced new software to help healthcare providers and payers improve patient care and reduce costs. The new offering uses content analytics similar to what is found in IBM's Watson technology. Seton Healthcare Family is the first client to adopt and use the technology, called IBM Content and Predictive Analytics for Healthcare.

arrow Read about the IBM solution >>>

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Security

Update: Could a medical device be used for cyber assassination?

Medical device maker Medtronic responds to a McAfee report on the potential for malicious hackers to use insulin pumps as a weapon for cyber assassination. At least one Medtronic insulin pump has software vulnerabilities that could make it a target for malicious hacks, and other models may also be at risk, according to software security giant McAfee.

arrow Read the MassDevice article >>>

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Claims and Coding

Few healthcare providers are prepared for ICD-10 despite ticking clock

Less than 10 percent of healthcare providers are over halfway there in terms of being fully prepared for ICD-10, according to the new KLAS report, “ICD-10: Preparing for October 2013.” While providers know a lack of preparation could result in a halt to reimbursements and a revenue cycle disaster when ICD-10 comes, KLAS found that most organizations are still in the strategy/planning phase of their preparation.

arrow Read about the KLAS report >>>

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Displays

New hospital-grade TVs aim to curb infections

The 26- and 32-inch Infection Control Series (ICS) RoomMate digital televisions from HCI feature new technology, including a “Clean TV” function, that can reduce the risk of infection from the spread of bacteria.

 

arrow Read about the new TVs >>>

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Social Media

Healthcare tests social media waters

More healthcare organizations are taking notice of what others are doing with social media and seeing the need to collaborate on new ways to implement it throughout the healthcare system, according to the director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Lee Aase.

arrow Read the MinnPost.com article >>>

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