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January 31, 2012 / Issue 5

In This Issue

arrowE-procurement 101 for health plans

arrowTexts, lies and videotape: People lie more when texting

arrowCoating that stops bleeding almost instantly could prevent battlefield deaths

arrowEntrepreneurs try to fill gap in online medical help

arrowSchooler named CHIME-HIMSS 2011 CIO of the year

arrowSmart case uses biometrics for mobile-device app access

arrowNursing home investigation finds errors by druggists

arrowHIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition

arrowHot Clips: ACOs


Featured Article

E-procurement 101 for health plans

Reduce costs and meet medical loss ratio requirements using a centrally controlled, Web-based process that integrates procurement, accounts payable and accounting.

By Dennis Toohey, director of healthcare solutions, Puridiom

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Communication

Texts, lies and videotape: People lie more when texting

Sending a text message leads people to lie more often than in other forms of communication, according to new research by David Xu, assistant professor in the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.

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Innovations

Coating that stops bleeding almost instantly could prevent battlefield deaths

MIT engineers have developed a nanoscale biological coating that can halt bleeding nearly instantaneously, an advance that could dramatically improve survival rates for soldiers injured in battle.

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Information Access

Entrepreneurs try to fill gap in online medical help

Go online and it’s easy to compare just about anything according to cost, value or performance. But health plans? Doctors? Prescriptions drugs? Not so much. Recognizing a need for innovation, the government has made some of its raw data available on healthdata.gov, a central database where developers can get information for websites and apps.

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Achievements

Schooler named CHIME-HIMSS 2011 CIO of the year

Rick Schooler, FCHIME, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Schooler is chief information officer and vice president at Orlando Health, an integrated delivery system with a variety of healthcare providers in central Florida.

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Security

Smart case uses biometrics for mobile-device app access

Precise Biometrics has developed a mobile-device case with a built-in smart-card reader and fingerprint sensor. These features can be integrated with any app on the market – existing or new – to provide the highest level of security for network access, messaging, data protection and strong authentication to the most popular smartphones and tablets.

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Pharmacy

Nursing home investigation finds errors by druggists

Pharmacists responsible for reviewing the medication of patients in California nursing homes routinely allowed inappropriate and potentially lethal prescriptions of antipsychotic medications, and failed to correct other potentially dangerous drug irregularities, according to recent state investigations.

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Events

HIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition

HIMSS12, Feb. 20-24, Las Vegas, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Experience thousands of products and services on the HIMSS12 exhibit floor. Don’t miss the new Knowledge Centers – six powerhouses of education, product solutions, resources and industry experts. New schedule for 2012 is Monday through Friday.

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Hot Clips

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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Supporting ACOs
    A flexible strategy for expanding health information exchange.

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