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Healthcare Information Systems Solutions since 1980 July 26, 2011 / Issue 29
Featured Article

Why agile network management
will be a game changer

Imagine the ability to roll out a new provider network in a matter of days not months.

By Mike Flanagan, SVP of Products, Portico Systems

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Test Your Knowledge of
Smartphones in Healthcare –
Win an iPad

As we all know, smartphones are a hot topic in healthcare these days. Physicians, nurses, and administrators are passionate about these devices and now request all communications, including code calls, to be sent to their smartphones. Test your knowledge of smartphone capabilities in healthcare for a chance at an iPad.

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ANI Recap

How providers can increase
the value proposition

"Our take-home pay is being reduced more than it should be because we're not getting enough value for our healthcare dollars," Peter Orszag, Ph.D., former director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, told a crowd of attendees at HFMA's ANI Healthcare Finance Conference a few weeks ago. To learn what providers should be doing to increase the value proposition in healthcare, read more and view video excerpts from Orszag's presentation.

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CPOE: A physician’s personal story

Successful CPOE adoption is critical for meaningful use. How do you get your physicians on board? View this video to hear from one physician who went from doubter to believer, working with Healthcare Management Systems. Contact HMS directly at 1-800-383-3317 for more information, or visit us at

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ICA White Paper

The Importance of
Patient Engagement in a Successful HIE

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ANI Recap

Coach K reminds us to
go back to the beginning

Healthcare finance professionals should remember why they chose their profession, Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski told a crowd of attendees of HFMA's ANI Healthcare Finance Conference. "You do what you do because you want to help people," he said, and you should hold that sense of purpose close as people work toward improving our nation's healthcare system.

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ACO Conference

If you are a senior level executive hoping to implement an ACO at your facility, you need to be at this event! Attendance is limited. Register today for this unique networking and informational opportunity to develop tools and maximize the potential of your ACO. Call today!


Mobile devices make it easier to store,
share and steal medical records

Mobile devices pose unique risks for patient medical records, but not because of hackers or viruses. It's because they're easier to steal or lose.

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Informatica White Paper

EHR Data Migration for Successful Application Implementations


Cool Tools

Enterprise-grade Android tablet in the
works from Panasonic Toughbook

Scheduled for a fourth-quarter 2011 release, the new Toughbook tablet will address a market gap by delivering a ruggedized product with security designed into the hardware, super functionality and real-world reliability in mind.

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White Paper

EHR developers agree on standards
and provide interoperability direction

"Supporting a Robust Health Information Exchange Strategy with a Pragmatic Transport Framework" is a major new whitepaper available from the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 46 EHR supplier companies. The focused recommendations are based on proven standards and successful health information exchange (HIE) implementations around the world.

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(no registration required) >>>

Revenue Cycle Management

Iowa Medicaid saves $23 million in
first year of integrity initiative

A new Iowa Medicaid program integrity initiative saved taxpayers more than $23 million in cost avoidance or recoveries in its first year of operation, according to Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer. She said the savings are the result of numerous strategies such as making sure that paid services are medically necessary, preventing “upcoding” of claims by providers and making sure Medicaid is reimbursed if the health service is eventually covered by another insurer. The savings come from a program integrity contract that was awarded to OptumInsight (formerly Ingenix) of Eden Prairie, Minn.

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Hospital care is far riskier than flying:

Going into the hospital is much riskier than flying, the World Health Organization announced last week. "Your chances of dying due to an error in healthcare would be 1 in 300," said Liam Donaldson, the WHO's newly appointed envoy for patient safety. Compare this with the risk of dying in an air crash: about 1 in 10 million passengers.

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