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January 3, 2012 / Issue 1

In This Issue

arrowIn or out? HIE patient consent 101

arrowFor hospitals, there’s no app for that

arrow2011 annual Best in KLAS Awards announced

arrowThe provider will see you now

arrowRadSite reviews over 60,000 imaging systems

arrowCHIME, eHI release ‘The HIE Guide for CIOs’

arrow2012 Medicare debate is all about the baby boomers

arrowAccelerating innovation at CMS

arrowMedicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

arrowHot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article

In or out? HIE patient consent 101

How to populate a successful HIE with the right data, while simultaneously maintaining patient privacy and ensuring patient comfort.

By Glenn Keet, president, Axolotl, and SVP, Business Development, OptumInsight

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Tablet Computers

For hospitals, there’s no app for that

Hospitals are usually eager to embrace the latest medical technology, but the road to deploying tablet computers has been bumpy. iPads have been available since April 2010, but less than one percent of hospitals have fully functional tablet systems, according to Jonathan Mack, director of clinical research and development at the West Wireless Health Institute, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on lowering the cost of healthcare through new technology.

arrow Read the KHN article >>>

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Software and Professional Services

2011 annual Best in KLAS Awards announced

Epic and maxIT Healthcare top the software and service ratings from 18,000 interviews compiled for the 2011 Best in KLAS report.

arrow Read about the results >>>

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Blogs

The provider will see you now

The term “provider” has never stopped irritating Danielle Ofri, M.D., and the term "hospitalist" irks the associate professor of medicine at New York University School of Medicine too.

arrow Read the NYT article >>>

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Radiology

RadSite reviews over 60,000 imaging systems

RadSite, a national imaging certification leader, has reviewed over 60,000 different imaging systems located at about 23,000 imaging facilities across the United States.

arrow Read about the assessment program >>>

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HIEs

CHIME, eHI release ‘The HIE Guide for CIOs’

The new Web-based guide offers practical assistance for information technology executives pertaining to health information exchange.

arrow Read or download the HIE guide >>>

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Medicare & Medicaid

2012 Medicare debate is all about the baby boomers

Baby boomers take note: Medicare as your parents have known it is headed for big changes no matter who wins the White House in 2012. You may not like it, but you might have to accept it.

arrow Read the SF Chronicle article >>>

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Blogs

Accelerating innovation at CMS

CMS has created a broad array of pathways for all sizes and types of healthcare providers, accelerated with the Affordable Care Act’s creation of the CMS Innovation Center, which opened its doors late last year.

arrow Read the Health Affairs blog >>>

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Medicare & Medicaid

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare is preparing to penalize hospitals with frequent potentially avoidable readmissions, which by one estimate costs the government $12 billion a year.

arrow Read the Washington Post article >>>

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Hot Clips: ACOs

Click on the highlighted links below to discover the top HMT archival properties concerning ACOs, a topic that is now at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. A peek inside the network
    New Jersey’s HealthecITi-NJ HIE lays the groundwork for a statewide data network. Let’s take a look at how it works.
  2. The new reality for healthcare providers: Access to data is crucial; measurement is mandatory
    ACOs, CINs and the transition to a patient-centered medical home model for both prevention and treatment are making data access crucial for physicians.
  3. Chicken or the egg – the HIE or the ACO?
    With financial, clinical and regulatory pressures increasing steadily, and the new and confounding acronyms appearing daily, many hospitals and health systems today are wondering where they should first put their focus – building a robust health information exchange (HIE) or preparing for an accountable care organization (ACO) or other payment reform model?
  4. Supporting ACOs
    A flexible strategy for expanding health information exchange.
  5. Why agile network management will be a game changer
    Imagine the ability to roll out a new provider network in a matter of days not months.

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