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April 3, 2012 / Issue 17

In This Issue

Let the evolution begin

Insurers fear ruling that ends only the coverage mandate

Helping doctors keep the human touch amid distractions

Six vendors account for half of EHR market revenue, report finds

Cloud-based EHRs raise unique HIPAA challenges

More U.S. employers tie health insurance to medical tests

Effort to pay hospitals based on quality didn’t cut death rates, study finds

Most IT security professionals wouldn’t bet their own money on the security of their corporate network

The death of a pet can hurt as much as the loss of a relative

Hot Clips: EHRs


Featured Article: Meaningful Use

Let the evolution begin

The meaningful-use Stage 2 criteria signals achievable maturing of care coordination.

By Justin Barnes, co-chair of the Accountable Care Community of Practice (ACCoP), chairman emeritus of the Electronic Health Records Association (EHR Association) and a vice president at Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc.

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White Paper

Five Strategies for Success

Powerful industry forces are pressuring community hospital leaders in today’s marketplace. While they may appear to work against successful clinical system adoption, they are surmountable.  View our summary of five vital strategies from our experience.

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Healthcare Law

Insurers fear ruling that ends only the coverage mandate

It would be the health insurance industry’s worst nightmare: if the Supreme Court strikes down the mandate that individuals obtain coverage but leaves the rest of President Obama’s signature law intact.

Read the Boston Globe article. >

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Mobile Tech

Helping doctors keep the human touch amid distractions

How do doctors tap the promise of computers, smartphones and iPads in the exam room without losing the human connection with their patients? Are the gadgets a boon, or a distraction?

Read the Washington Post article. >

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EHRs

Six vendors account for half of EHR market revenue, report finds

Although only six companies earn over half of the revenue in the EMR market, there are opportunities for smaller EMR products to grow in the $17.9 billion space.

Read the CMIO article. >

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EHRs

Cloud-based EHRs raise unique HIPAA challenges

Cloud-based electronic health record systems have become increasingly popular. But they raise security issues that providers need to address, according to attorney Howard Burde, speaking at the 20th National HIPAA Summit in Washington, D.C. last week.

Read the FierceEMR article. >

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Incentives

More U.S. employers tie health insurance to medical tests

Once a year, employees of the Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne, Ind., have a checkup that will help determine how much they pay for health coverage. Those who don't smoke, aren't obese and whose blood pressure and cholesterol fall below specific levels get to shave as much as $2,000 off their annual health insurance deductibles.

Read the USA Today story. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

Effort to pay hospitals based on quality didn’t cut death rates, study finds

Medicare’s largest effort to pay hospitals based on how they perform — an inspiration for key parts of the healthcare law — did not lead to fewer deaths, a new study has found.

Read the KHN article. >

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Security

Most IT security professionals wouldn’t bet their own money on the security of their corporate network

PhoneFactor surveyed more than 300 IT professionals in February about the security of their corporate networks, and the responses indicate an overwhelming lack of confidence.

Read about the survey results. >

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Big Picture

The death of a pet can hurt as much as the loss of a relative

Writer Joe Yonan reflects on the death of his dog Red and seeks to understand why he felt the loss as deeply as he felt the loss of some family members.

Read the Washington Post 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. A look at unintended consequences of EHRs
    The industry needs to focus on building EHRs that decrease medical errors and enhance patient care.
  2. Getting EHR vendors speaking the same language
    What it will take to encourage EHR vendors to develop truly interoperable EHRs.
  3. 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.
  4. EHRs go rural
    West Texas RHIO comes together to help hospitals conquer the digital divide – and then some.
  5. An EHR that delivers results
    Arizona doctors credit EHR with helping them grow their practice into the largest of its specialty in the state.
  6. Transferring data securely from medical devices to EMRs
    Cardiac clinic moves closer to going paperless.

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