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March 13, 2012 / Issue 14

In This Issue

Collaborating to achieve a lean management culture

Feds release health overhaul blueprint for states

The hardest job to fill (and keep) in Washington: CMS chief

How fast is health IT spreading and what are the benefits?

Poll: Americans don't think Obama law will make healthcare better – or worse

Health IT chief disputes study on EHR testing, costs

Android gets tough for healthcare

Forget the robots: Venture capitalists change their healthcare investments

Hot Clips: Security


Featured Article

Collaborating to achieve a lean management culture

Rural hospitals band together to improve care.

By Jeff Spade, senior vice president, NCHA, and executive director, NC Center for Rural Health

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White Paper

Ten Predictions for 2012 on Smartphones in Hospitals

With emerging capabilities far beyond phone calls, email, and even access to medical apps, smartphones have kicked off a communications revolution. Given this changing environment, we assembled a roundtable of industry and technology experts to compile this list of what 2012 will mean for smartphone use in hospitals.

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HIEs

Feds release health overhaul blueprint for states

Tackling a huge logistical challenge, the Obama administration Monday released an ambitious blueprint for states to match up uninsured Americans with coverage that's right for them under the health care overhaul law.

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CMS

The hardest job to fill (and keep) in Washington: CMS chief

The revolving door at the top of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services raises questions about the key agency implementing the health law.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Health IT

How fast is health IT spreading and what are the benefits?

Adoption of health information technology (IT) throughout the healthcare system is “on the march,” according to Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT.

Read the Health Affairs blog. >

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Opinion

Poll: Americans don't think Obama law will make healthcare better – or worse

A new Associated Press-GfK poll of 1,000 adults found that 51 percent of respondents think the quality of their healthcare will be “about the same” with or without the law.

Read the The Hill article. >

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EHRs

Health IT chief disputes study on EHR testing, costs

A study published in the journal Health Affairs last week found that doctors who use electronic health records may order more diagnostic testing, and therefore drive up the cost of healthcare, despite claims to the contrary by the federal government and health IT industry.

Read the KHN blog. >

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Mobile Devices

Android gets tough for healthcare

Panasonic’s Toughpad family of Android-powered tablets includes 10-inch (A1) and 7-inch (B1) devices designed with security and military-grade durability in mind. The multi-touch Toughpad A1 incorporates HIPAA-ready security embedded at the hardware level and offers technologies such as hardware and software encryption, enhanced VPN, dual-factor authentication and trusted boot. Mobile device management (MDM) allows IT managers to distribute applications in a one-to-many environment and secure devices from unauthorized use. Toughpad A1 offers a stylus and active digitizer, signature capture, handwriting recognition and much more.

Learn more about Panasonic Android Toughpads. >

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Mobile Devices

Forget the robots: Venture capitalists change their healthcare investments

It wasn’t that long ago that money flowed steadily to entrepreneurs who dreamt up whiz-bang medical devices.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Security

Sponsored by Linoma Software

GoAnywhere helps meet HIPAA compliance regulations by simplifying, automating and encrypting confidential data transfers with support for multiple platforms and popular protocols like FTP/S, SFTP, HTTP/S, and AS2.

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

  1. Protect patient data from an inside job
    A layered approach, including safeguards against your own privileged users, may be your best bet for data security.
  2. How safe is the cloud?
    All of the pieces are in place to enable secure and compliant cloud-based storage environments.
  3. Transferring data securely from medical devices to EMRs
    Cardiac clinic moves closer to going paperless.
  4. Don’t roll the dice on data loss
    Implement smart recovery to reduce disaster recovery costs in healthcare.
  5. Medical facilities protect against unauthorized access
    Not just doors, but cabinets, carts, computers, ambulances and parking lots can be secured using the latest centralized access control systems that run off your existing IT network.

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