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June 5, 2012 / Issue 26

In This Issue

Next-gen healthcare drives more customer-centric approaches for providers

IT could end up being health reform’s highest hurdle

As patients' records go digital, theft and hacking problems grow

Allscripts settles dispute with investor that sued

Maine announces nation's first statewide medical image archive

Accenture wins $359M health exchange contract

Devices that let you walk, pedal and stand while you work

Best outcome for health stocks? Uphold law

Pain pills add cost and delays to job injuries

Laxative-free colonoscopy on the way?

Most popular last issue: Dictation degrades EHR accuracy

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use


EHR

Dentrix Enterprise Meaningful Use Access

Dentrix Enterprise is more than just another electronic dental record, we are your strategic partner. That’s why we’ve created Dentrix Enterprise Meaningful Use Access. This new product is capable to immediately qualify eligible providers for Stage 1 Year 1 funding from the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Learn more at www.dentrixenterprise.com/muaccess >


Featured Article: Customer Relationship Management

Next-gen healthcare drives more customer-centric approaches for providers

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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Webinar

Not All ICD-10 Codes are Created Equal

Join Edifecs for a complimentary webinar where you will hear how to solve ICD-10 challenges by identifying high-risk codes that impact revenue and remediating based on frequency, value and complexity. You’ll also learn ways to leverage historical data to balance contract renegotiations, optimize clinical documentation improvement efforts and prioritize training initiatives.

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HIEs

IT could end up being health reform’s highest hurdle

If state healthcare exchanges survive the Supreme Court challenge to healthcare reform, the election and state tea party activists, health policy experts are worried they could still be brought down by a much more mundane problem: information technology.

Read the Politico article. >

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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?

Register to listen to the session now! >


Security

As patients' records go digital, theft and hacking problems grow

As more doctors and hospitals go digital with medical records, the size and frequency of data breaches are alarming privacy advocates and public health officials.

Read the Kaiser Health News article. >

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EHRs

Allscripts settles dispute with investor that sued

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. agreed to nominate three board members supported by a shareholder that had sued the company and sought the ouster of CEO Glen Tullman.

Read the Crain's Chicago Business article. >

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Radiology

Maine announces nation's first statewide medical image archive

The archive, which can hold 1.8 million images a year, will allow physicians throughout the state to share patients' medical images.

Read the Computerworld article. >

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HIEs

Accenture wins $359M health exchange contract

The California Health Benefit Exchange intends to award a $359 million contract to Accenture to build an information technology system for the insurance exchange, state officials announced last Thursday.

Read the Sacramento Business Journal article. >

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Work Habits

Devices that let you walk, pedal and stand while you work

If sitting is the new smoking, as one researcher recently put it, what can we do about it?

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Health Law

Best outcome for health stocks? Uphold law

Hospitals, insurers hope Supreme Court leaves ‘Obamacare’ alone.

Read the Wall Street Journal MarketWatch article. >

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Treatments

Pain pills add cost and delays to job injuries

Workplace insurers spend an estimated $1.4 billion annually on narcotic painkillers, or opioids. But they are also finding that the medications, if used too early in treatment, too frequently or for too long, can drive up associated disability payouts and medical expenses by delaying an employee’s return to work.

Read the NYT article. >

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Innovations

Laxative-free colonoscopy on the way?

Harvard researchers are moving closer to perfecting a totally virtual colonoscopy.

Read the Harvard Health Blog article. >

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EHRs

Most popular last issue: Dictation degrades EHR accuracy

Patient care is “significantly worse” when doctors dictate their notes into electronic health records compared with two other common forms of documenting care, according to a study published online last week by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Read the Nextgov article. >

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Hot Clips

Hot Clips: Meaningful Use

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

  1. How Stage 2 affects record release
    Changes will drive organizations to implement a patient portal or personal health record application.
  2. MDI should be on the short list for implementation
    Medical device integration is a strategic asset for meaningful use and more.
  3. The advantages of simulation training
    How to improve EMR adoption.
  4. PHI data sharing and secure collaboration made easy
    Today’s technology facilitates secure compliance and fast user adoption.
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