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May 23, 2012
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 Cybercriminals’ New Target: Enterprise Communications
As more data is transferred through corporate networks, cybercriminals are intensifying their attacks. New security threats are being developed as quickly as IT departments are adopting new technology, and corporate communications are coming under fire as never before. Is your communications system cybercriminals’ new target? Learn more.
 

  EHRs and MU 
 
  • Increased efficiency helps hospitals attain HIT goals
    Increasing total hospital efficiency prior to implementing EMRs is key to achieving the health reform goals of improved care at reduced costs, writes Amanda Mewborn, a registered nurse and health care industrial engineer. This can be achieved by optimizing the underlying clinical processes, particularly those tied to patient flow and logistics, she notes. ADVANCE for Health Information Executives (5/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 Overcoming Alert Fatigue – White Paper
Clinicians consistently cite unnecessary alerts as a barrier to CPOE use – impacting patient safety, Meaningful Use requirements, and an organization’s HIS effectiveness. This white paper provides insights into medication alert issues and explains how to improve drug alert relevance, while greatly reducing quantity.
 

  Advancing Care With IT 
 
  • ICD-10 boosts accuracy in cause-of-death coding, study says
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy found a 42% higher rate of fatal falls among Americans age 65 and older from 1999 to 2007 after ICD-10 coding was implemented. The report, which appeared in the Public Health Reports journal this month, suggests ICD-10 could aid in the accurate coding of the underlying cause of death. HealthLeaders Media (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Americans turn to online info for health inquiries, survey finds
    A survey of 1,000 consumers age 18 and older, conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health, revealed that Americans trust online health data, with nearly a third "always" or "frequently" using the Internet as a medical information source. The survey also found that 63% of respondents seeking Web-based health information believe they have never misdiagnosed themselves with their use of such data. Healthcare Informatics online (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Video tech firm, health system form telehealth network in Pa.
    Polycom is working with Saint Vincent Health System in the development and implementation of a telemedicine network that aims to link patients and health care professionals in virtual settings across 26 Pennsylvania locations. The telehealth initiative has lessened hospital readmissions and produced a 100% return on investment before two months' time, Saint Vincent officials said. Healthcare IT News (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Trends 
  • Social media adoption helps docs promote online reputation
    The need to boost interaction with patients amid a health system that is not working likely will drive doctors and other providers to adopt social media, says Dr. Mike Sevilla, a family physician and blogger at Family Medicine Rocks. Sevilla advises doctors to leverage social media to build a community, do social media marketing, manage their online reputation and do other functions. Healthcare IT News (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telemis adds cloud storage feature to PACS product
    Telemis has included an option for cloud data storage to its PACS product. The new feature will allow clients to store and access data from modalities such as PET/CT. The addition will also help customers comply with policies covering handling of patient data. CMIO.net (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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  HIE 
 
  • ICA, AlliedHIE collaborate on behavioral health HIE system
    ICA and AlliedHIE have teamed up to form a behavioral health HIE that seeks to address the communications and infrastructure issues faced by health care organizations. The partnership will come up with an exchange system that has a secure HIE foundation and clinical messaging pilot initiative for NHS Human Services in Lafayette Hill, Pa., officials said. Healthcare IT News (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

  Career Track 
  • Shareholder calls for Allscripts CEO to go
    Healthcor Management has sued Allscripts to try to remove Glen Tullman as Allscripts' CEO. Healthcor, one of the biggest shareholders of the health IT firm, mentioned in its complaint the executive's failures of execution. The firm also said the board members and chairman who left recently were the people capable of protecting the important product lines introduced to Allscripts by Eclipsys. Healthcare IT News (5/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  WEDI News 
  • WEDI online 5010 Issue Reporting System
    WEDI has launched its online 5010 Issue Reporting System in collaboration with the CMS to support the health care industry's upgrade to ASC X12 5010. The reporting system allows all affected parties, including providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors, to easily submit their issues associated with implementing ASC X12 5010 and search through a database of current documented problems. This Web-based system offers an easy-to-use interface with multiple sorting categories and sub-categories, including the option to view previously submitted issues and responses to those posted issues. Visit the online WEDI 5010 Issue Reporting System. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Update your knowledge base with WEDI University
    WEDI announces the launch of WEDI University, health IT's new library of pre-recorded industry webcasts. Available to members and nonmembers, WEDI University is home to the organization's most popular and timely online presentations. All purchased programs include video, audio and Q&A, allowing virtual attendees to experience the session exactly as it occurred. New webcasts are added to WEDI University on a regular basis -- several at a reduced price. Visit WEDI University and access recorded presentations that cover the industry's hottest topics. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull."
--H.L. Mencken,
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