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November 8, 2011 / Issue 44

In This Issue

arrowFrom meaningful use to meaningful analysis

arrow$6.8 billion spent yearly on 12 unnecessary tests and treatments

arrowNew algorithm could substantially speed up MRI scans

arrowFoundation announces $100,000 developer challenge

arrowGrading docs with electronic medical records

arrowWhy small medical practices lag in EMR adoption

arrowStimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

arrowHalf of hospital rooms rife with drug-resistant bug, study finds

arrowIHI hosts 23rd Annual National Forum


Video

CPOE: A physician’s personal story

Successful CPOE adoption is critical for meaningful use. How do you get your physicians on board? View this video to hear from one physician who went from doubter to believer, working with Healthcare Management Systems. Contact HMS directly at 1-800-383-3317 for more information, or visit us at hmstn.com.

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Featured Article

From meaningful use to meaningful analysis

Near real-time analysis of information is critical to improving the quality and safety of care across the health delivery spectrum. Take a look at what Microsoft’s Amalga solution has done for long-term healthcare provider Golden Living, its caregivers and its patients.

By Brad Savage, CIO of long-term care provider Golden Living

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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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Primary Care

$6.8 billion spent yearly on 12 unnecessary tests and treatments

For many adults, a routine visit to a primary care physician might involve blood tests, a urinalysis, an electrocardiogram, maybe a bone density scan. Too often, however, these tests are inappropriate and they cost a bundle, according to a recent study.

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Radiology

New algorithm could substantially speed up MRI scans

Faster scans could reduce the time patients spend in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines from 45 to 15 minutes. [Image courtesy: MIT]


arrow Read about the development >>>

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Mobile Apps

Foundation announces $100,000 developer challenge

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has kicked off the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) $100,000 app challenge, a competition among technology developers to create easy-to-use online tools that help consumers find information on the quality of their local physicians and hospitals.

arrow Learn about the competition requirements and deadlines >>>

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EHRs

Grading docs with electronic medical records

Dr. Brett White practices medicine differently than he did three years ago. That's when the Gabriel Park Family Health Center in suburban Portland adopted electronic medical records.

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EHRs

Why small medical practices lag in EMR adoption

Physicians in those settings are interested in the technology, but many factors conspire to stop them from making a purchase.

arrow Read the amednews.com article >>>

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HIEs

Stimulus funds will build state health exchanges but might not sustain them

Federal stimulus funds are paying to build or expand systems enabling healthcare providers within each state to share patient information, but state officials are concerned about how to keep paying for the programs once the federal money runs out, an iWatch News survey reveals. $548 million in recovery grants will run out by 2015.

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Hospitals

Half of hospital rooms rife with drug-resistant bug, study finds

Nearly half of hospital rooms of patients infected with drug-resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii are contaminated with the bacteria, a small new survey shows. Surfaces such as bedrails, drawer handles and touchpads are particularly prone to harboring the germ.

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Events

IHI hosts 23rd Annual National Forum

Join more than 6,000 professionals dedicated to quality improvement in healthcare Dec. 4-7 in Orlando. The forum takes place against the backdrop of a critical national conversation on how to increase healthcare quality and effectiveness while decreasing healthcare costs.

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