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April 24, 2012 / Issue 20

In This Issue

Interdisciplinary collaboration strategies to optimize clinical decision support

FDA tangles with wireless medical-app makers

Consumers using social media for medical information, report says

Firewall can stop medical device 'hacking'

Health records lost, stolen or revealed online

Consumer-directed U.S. health insurance surges

HHS seeks comments on plan to eliminate healthcare-associated infections

Top five most ridiculous IT admin stressors

Auditors call for end to Medicare bonus program

Physicians like digital tech, but adoption is slow

Hot Clips: EHRs


Featured Article: CDS

Interdisciplinary collaboration strategies to optimize clinical decision support

Evidence-based CDS has the potential to lower costs and improve outcomes by standardizing care.

By Pat Button, EdD, RN, chief nursing officer, Zynx Health.

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Mobile Technologies

FDA tangles with wireless medical-app makers

An onslaught of mobile health technology has forced an arranged marriage between smartphone app makers and the Food and Drug Administration because someone had to regulate them.

Read the Politico article. >

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Social Media

Consumers using social media for medical information, report says

One-third of consumers are using Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to seek medical information, discuss symptoms and express their opinions about doctors, drugs and health insurers, according to a new report.

Read the LA Times article. >

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Security

Firewall can stop medical device 'hacking'

Scientists from Purdue and Princeton universities have created a prototype firewall that they say can keep hackers from interfering with wireless medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin-delivery systems.

Read the UPI article. >

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Security

Health records lost, stolen or revealed online

Almost a decade after a new law went into effect to strengthen health privacy protections, the number of breaches of patient records and databases across the U.S. suggests that personal health information is not as private or secure as many consumers might want or expect.

Read the Chicago Tribune article. >

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Insurance Plans

Consumer-directed U.S. health insurance surges

There may not be a consensus in the nation's capital on how to control the cost of healthcare, but businesses and their employees are not sitting around waiting for clarity. They are voting with their wallets for one approach that's already available: account-based health insurance plans.

Read the Reuters article. >

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HAIs

HHS seeks comments on plan to eliminate healthcare-associated infections

Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted online an updated National Action Plan to eliminate healthcare-associated infections.

Read the about the HHS initiative. >

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IT Daily Life

Top five most ridiculous IT admin stressors

GFI Software recently announced the results of its IT Admin Stress Survey, which polled more than 200 IT admins in the U.S. to gauge their stress levels at work and determine how job-related stress affects their health.

Read the survey open-end results. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Auditors call for end to Medicare bonus program

Government auditors are calling for the cancellation of an $8 billion Medicare program earmarked for quality bonuses to Medicare Advantage insurance plans.

Read the AP article. >

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Big Picture

Physicians like digital tech, but adoption is slow

Many doctors say they want technology tools for medical education and training. But actions speak louder than words.

Read the Information Week article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: EHRs

Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning electronic health records (EHRs), a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. EHRs go rural
    West Texas RHIO comes together to help hospitals conquer the digital divide – and then some.
  2. An EHR that delivers results
    Arizona doctors credit EHR with helping them grow their practice into the largest of its specialty in the state.
  3. Transferring data securely from medical devices to EMRs
    Cardiac clinic moves closer to going paperless.
  4. A look at unintended consequences of EHRs
    The industry needs to focus on building EHRs that decrease medical errors and enhance patient care.
  5. Getting EHR vendors speaking the same language
    What it will take to encourage EHR vendors to develop truly interoperable EHRs.
  6. 10 key takeaways on the Stage 2 meaningful-use proposal
    On Feb. 23, 2012, CMS released the notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program. Here’s what you should know.

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