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May 22, 2012 / Issue 24

In This Issue

Stop walking away with my bottom line!

Attention healthcare shoppers: New price lists for procedures

More than a third of prescriptions now are electronic

Penn decision support tool cuts CT use in the ED

New guidelines for health insurance exchanges released

ONC adds two agency offices

EHRs don't improve diabetes care

Healthcare costs rise faster than U.S. inflation rate

Which states were toughest on doctors in 2011?

Hot Clips: Cloud Computing


WebCast

Redefining Value and Success in Healthcare: Charting the Path to the Future Webcast

Across the healthcare industry, we are seeing forward-thinking organizations develop new competencies in anticipation of the opportunity that comes with industry-wide transformation. They are positioning themselves for success. And they are defining the future of healthcare. Will your organization be ready?

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Featured Article: Workstations

Stop walking away with my bottom line!

A study reveals that the use of wall-mounted workstations in or near patient rooms could reduce the distance employees walk by 50-80 percent.

By Jenny Toole, Proximity Systems

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White Paper

9 Tips to Connect your Hospital's Islands of Information

With the amount of information healthcare technology generates, communications have become intricate webs of guesswork, unknown mobile devices, confusing schedules, and just too many systems going beep. In this paper, you’ll find nine tips to cope with this chaos.

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Health Costs

Attention healthcare shoppers: New price lists for procedures

Fourteen states have or are setting up searchable databases designed to help people shop and compare healthcare options based on price and quality.

Read the KHN article. >

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ePrescribing

More than a third of prescriptions now are electronic

Dropping a paper prescription at the drugstore is becoming old-school: More than a third of the nationís prescriptions now are electronic, according to the latest count.

Read the WP article. >

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Decision Support

Penn decision support tool cuts CT use in the ED

A new decision support tool piloted at the University of Pennsylvania has cut the number of abdominal CT scans ordered by ED physicians by 10%.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Health Law

New guidelines for health insurance exchanges released

HHS issued two guidance documents May 16 to help states build affordable insurance exchanges.

Read the notice from HHS. >

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ONC

ONC adds two agency offices

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Dr. Farzad Mostashari announced the creation of two new offices May 16: an Office of the Chief Medical Officer and an Office of Consumer eHealth.

Read the ONC blog. >

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EHRs

EHRs don't improve diabetes care

Consistent use of an EHR over three years does not ensure successful use for improving the quality of diabetes care, according to new findings published by the Annals of Family Medicine.

Read the AFM article. >

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Big Picture

Healthcare costs rise faster than U.S. inflation rate

Doctors, hospitals and drugmakers raised prices faster than inflation in 2010, driving U.S. health costs higher as fewer Americans sought care after the recession.

Read the Bloomberg article. >

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Doctors

Which states were toughest on doctors in 2011?

Public Citizen last week released its annual ranking of U.S. state medical boards, which measures how regularly each board orders serious disciplinary action against physicians.

Read the Advisory Board article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Cloud Computing

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

  1. Getting started with cloud computing
    Offloading ancillary applications helps data center expand without adding cost or staff.
  2. Expert: Cloud computing a game changer for businesses
    Cloud computing is a game changer for businesses, which now face the choice of adapting to the demand for ubiquitous access to data or losing customers to tech-savvy competitors.
  3. Overcoming today's PACS/RIS challenges
    Select experts give their opinions.
  4. Is cloud storage right for your organization?
    Many healthcare organizations are looking to third-party vendors for help.
  5. Making the cloud work for healthcare
    Cloud computing offers incredible opportunities to improve healthcare, reduce costs and accelerate ability to adopt new IT services.
  6. How safe is the cloud?
    All of the pieces are in place to enable secure and compliant cloud-based storage environments.

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