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June 12, 2012
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Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report:
Health Care in the Electronic Age
Health care provider organizations are changing their operations to take advantage of advances in health information technology. From electronic health records to e-prescribing to advances in telemedicine, this special report looks at how technology is creating new opportunities to provide better, more efficient and more cost-effective health care to patients.
  EHR Implementation 
  • Study predicts 80% EMR adoption by 2016
    Short-term benefits from meaningful use incentives should not outweigh long-term needs as physician practices evaluate EMR/EHR vendors, according to an IDC Health Insights report. The document, which ranks the best vendors for small practices and discusses features to look for when choosing a system, predicted EMR adoption would surpass 80% by 2016. Healthcare IT News (5/30) Email this Story
  • Okla. hospital taps open source software to digitize records
    Stiwell Memorial Hospital, a 50-bed community hospital in Oklahoma, will use an open source software derived from the Veterans Affairs Department's VistA EHR program to digitize its health records. The technology is expected to provide the hospital with an affordable means of enhancing patient care, while receiving reimbursements for implementing an EHR. Government Health IT online (5/24) Email this Story
  • Wyo. registers more than 31,000 patients in its free EHR
    The Wyoming Department of Health is providing a free EHR to all Medicaid providers in the state. The initiative, accomplished through a collaboration with online EHR provider Medical Informatics Engineering, was rolled out early last year to Medicaid providers across Wyoming. More than 16 practices, 36 providers and 31,000 patients have been registered in MIE's WebChart EHR system, with data being shared via the Health Department's HIE. Healthcare Informatics online (6/1) Email this Story
  • Maine, Dell pilot cloud-based clinical image archive
    Maine's health information exchange, HealthInfoNet, is piloting a cloud-based medical image archive with Dell to evaluate its system design and incorporate the service with the HIE and existing PACS systems. "This new service will save time for our providers and their patients. With instant access to a patient's images, medical staff can treat them much faster and the patient won't have to take the time to pick up and deliver CDs," MaineHealth CIO Dr. Barry Blumenfeld said. Healthcare IT News (5/31) Email this Story
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  Practice Management & Care Coordination 
  • Tenn. hospital to employ accountable care model
    Signature Health Care is working on an operating deal for Patient's Care Medical Center in Erin, Tenn., as the hospital intends to employ an accountable care model to help Medicare and Medicaid save money. Federal authorities will implement quality measures to assess whether the new care model could achieve savings for the state's Medicaid initiative TennCare. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/29) Email this Story
  • Ohio HIE rolls out hospital admission, ED alert system
    HealthBridge, a health information exchange in Cincinnati, has employed its ED Admit Alert System at 33 primary care practices in its service area. The software notifies doctors if their patients are admitted to a hospital or go to an emergency department. Fifty-two more practices are expected to adopt the system in the coming weeks. Health Data Management (5/29) Email this Story
  • Tablets offer clear reading of MRI and CT scans, study finds
    Radiologists can use iPads just as effectively as workstations to read MRI and CT scans during emergencies, Sinagapore researchers reported in the Journal of Digital Imaging. The team predicted tablets could enable radiologists to examine MRI and CT images at remote locations, adding that they hold advantages over bulkier laptops and small-screen smartphones. MedCityNews.com (6/4) Email this Story
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  Communicating with Patients 
  • Wal-Mart pushes teleconsultations in the cloud
    Wal-Mart's health clinics are now employing the cloud-based technology called Smart Care Doc from BCS Global Networks and Telemed Ventures. The technology uses a secured virtual face-to-face video interface to allow remote consultations between physicians and patients. Healthcare IT News (6/1) Email this Story
  • Ore. hospital uses voice app in emergency department
    A community hospital in Oregon is piloting the Sparrow EDIS voice software application developed by Montrue Technologies to test whether it can improve patients' experience in the emergency department. The app, which won the Mobile Clinician Voice Challenge held by Nuance, helps doctors and nurses order prescriptions, look at drug interactions and handle patient discharge information. MedCityNews.com (5/24) Email this Story
  

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