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February 7, 2012 / Issue 6

In This Issue

arrowTaking an open (source) approach to HIT challenges

arrowReport: Electronic health records still need work

arrowHealth law challenge gets a dry run at Georgetown law

arrowCamera-carrying capsule is new colonoscopy tool

arrowEnglish physicians recognize benefits of healthcare IT, but more work needed

arrowNew York City defends health ads that frighten the viewer

arrowHIMSS12 Annual Conference & Exhibition

Hot Clips: ICD-10


Featured Article

Taking an open (source) approach to HIT challenges

There are three key areas of open-source innovation that can significantly benefit IT departments with strapped budgets and impending compliance mandates.

By Frank Curran, global business development manager, SUSE

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EHRs

Report: Electronic health records still need work

Hospitals and doctors' offices increasingly are going digital, but there's been little progress getting the computer systems to talk to one another, exchanging data the way financial companies do.

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Big Picture

Health law challenge gets a dry run at Georgetown law

If a healthy, wealthy young man lives in a hut out in the American wilderness, should he have to buy health insurance? That was one of many questions brought up last week, when the Georgetown University law school held a mock version of the upcoming oral arguments for the Supreme Court’s consideration of the 2010 health law.

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Innovations

Camera-carrying capsule is new colonoscopy tool

GE has invested in an Israeli company called Check-Cap that has designed an ingestible capsule that snaps pictures as it travels through the bowels.


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Healthcare IT Worldwide

English physicians recognize benefits of healthcare IT, but more work needed

The English health system is in flux, and its success in using healthcare IT to link hospitals and physicians will partly depend upon how the system responds to significant structural upheaval and stringent efficiency measures.

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Media

New York City defends health ads that frighten the viewer

The city’s health department uses no sugar-coating in its latest ads, which feature images of overweight people whose mobility is impaired to warn of the dangers of ever-growing portions of unhealthy food and soft drinks.

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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: ICD-10

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning the ICD-9 to ICD-10 conversion, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10
    HMT’s expert panel addresses how to reduce claims and coding errors.
  2. What ICD-10 means for doctors
    The 2013 coding update may lead to revenue loss if physicians are not prepared.
  3. The 7 biggest ICD-10 challenges for payers
    2013 is right around the corner. Are you ready for the biggest coding challenge of your life?
  4. ICD-10: A master data challenge
    ICD-10 is mandated at a difficult time of many changes.
  5. Mike's all-time WSJ favorite: Walked into a lamppost? Hurt while crocheting? Help is on the way
    Nine codes for macaw mishaps.

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