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March 20, 2012 / Issue 15

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2012: The year to 'Build for Change'

What happens to your data when you lose your smartphone?

Why are health costs so high? The robot knows

How far can the Supreme Court go?

White House names new U.S. chief technology officer

Home healthcare companies' profits up in 2010

Some states limit how uninsured pay for high-risk insurance

Hot Clips: Security


Featured Article: Customer Relationship Management

2012: The year to 'Build for Change'

Unprecedented disruptions are driving the industry toward more agile technologies and business practices in order to maintain a competitive advantage.

By Elizabeth Hart and Bill Marshall, Pegasystems

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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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Security

What happens to your data when you lose your smartphone?

Symantec just concluded an experiment where the company “lost” 50 smartphones in five different cities and then remotely monitored where the phones went and what was accessed on them after they were lost.

Read about the Symantec Smartphone Honey Stick Project. >

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The Costs Of Innovation

Why are health costs so high? The robot knows

Americans have always loved the next big thing: the newest iPhone, the freshest hi-def television, and the latest and greatest … medical technology.

Read the KHN blog. >

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The Healthcare Law

How far can the Supreme Court go?

Legal scholars on the right and left agree the healthcare law case, which comes before the court in a week, is momentous. Justices will decide on what limit the Constitution places on Congress' power.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Achievements

White House names new U.S. chief technology officer

The White House on Friday named Todd Park as U.S. chief technology officer, a post that came with high expectations when it was created in 2009, but has produced questionable outcomes, analysts say.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Moneymakers

Home healthcare companies' profits up in 2010

Home healthcare companies made an average 19.4 percent profit in 2010, a report released Thursday shows, prompting the independent board that oversees Medicare to again ask Congress to lower reimbursement rates for these companies.

Read the USA Today article. >

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Third-Party Payments

Some states limit how uninsured pay for high-risk insurance

The "uninsurables" – people with serious medical conditions who can't buy health coverage on the private market – are supposed to have a safety net to rely on in the new preexisting condition insurance plans (PCIPs).

Read the KHN article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Security

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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. How safe is the cloud?
    All of the pieces are in place to enable secure and compliant cloud-based storage environments.
  2. Transferring data securely from medical devices to EMRs
    Cardiac clinic moves closer to going paperless.
  3. Don’t roll the dice on data loss
    Implement smart recovery to reduce disaster recovery costs in healthcare.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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