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November 1, 2012
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  • IT essential for better care, doctor and ex-Kaiser chief says
    A recently released report from the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation finds that one of the biggest causes of preventable medical errors is a lack of care coordination, and one of the report's authors says that can't be addressed without health IT systems. "IT is a substantial enabler," said Dr. David M. Lawrence, a former leader of Kaiser Permanente and one of the report's authors. "You almost cannot do complex medical care without that kind of connectivity." InformationWeek/InformationWeek Healthcare (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on the need for cost-effective health IT
      
    Regardless of the outcome of next week’s elections -- whether Obamacare continues as planned, is set aside by a new administration or parts are altered -- health reform will proceed. The U.S. is spending way too much on health care when compared with other industrialized nations. Payments will increasingly be cut or capped by both government and private sector payers. As organizations struggle to adjust expenses in line with revenue, IT will be asked to contribute.

    Dr. Lawrence joins the choir in identifying IT as essential in tackling the complexity of modern medicine and health care delivery. We have benefited immensely from the innovative medicines, technology and procedures that medical research has given us. We can take less pride in the complex, disjointed system delivering those miracles. While information technology is indispensable in bridging our many siloes, we need to streamline the system and minimize the handoffs if we expect to contain or reduce cost. Throwing more technology at an inefficient delivery model will not be ideal.

    We will be increasingly challenged for more cost-effective IT services. We will best contribute to health care and to our organizations as we help them determine where technology can be applied for the best use, how we can use the tools to optimize delivery processes and as we hold ourselves and our organizations accountable to achieve those results. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • HIE in N.Y. proves crucial for care continuity after Hurricane Sandy
    The Statewide Health Information Network of New York has enabled area hospitals to access medical records, ensuring the continuity of care as patients move between hospitals because of Hurricane Sandy. The HIE "really can and should be seen as a public utility, for the public good," said David Whitlinger of the New York eHealth Collaborative, which manages SHIN-NY. Government Health IT online (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Project aims to gauge effect of IT on clinical workflows
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to investigate how health IT can be deployed in clinics to facilitate care coordination without negatively affecting care coordination workflows. The research project will involve six clinics affiliated with Vanderbilt University Medical Center that are in various stages of EHR rollouts and practice redesign efforts. Health Data Management (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drug anti-counterfeiting tech market could top $1.2B in 2015
    A Visiongain report forecasts that the global market for drug anti-counterfeiting systems, particularly radio-frequency identification, 2D barcoding and optical variable technology, will reach about $1.2 billion in the next three years. Industrywide anti-counterfeiting standards and growing public awareness will help fuel market growth, the report notes. Healthcare IT News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Survey: Few groups adopt mobile device security measures
    A survey by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and AT&T found 90% of responding organizations reported allowing their employees to access work e-mail through mobile devices, while 41% said they let employees use such devices to access important files. However, researchers found only 32% of respondents take actions to protect smartphones and 39% to protect tablets, and only 42% of those who do not take such measures have plans to bolster security. Healthcare IT News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinicians use smartphones to access, but not enter data in EHRs
    Data from research firm KLAS showed 70% of clinicians use their smartphones or tablets to look up electronic health records but don't enter any information because it is too difficult to do so using a small screen. The report authors said many clinicians are concerned that mobile applications do not display all of the important patient information they need. Medscape (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS gets recognition for effort to reduce cybersecurity threats
    The CMS has won the SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security Institute's 2012 U.S. National Cybersecurity Innovation Award for creating a systematic approach to examine the operations of 38 IT contractors and almost 200 data centers for cybersecurity risks. The agency cut mean host risk scores by more than 68% at two high-risk centers between July 2010 and January 2011, according to a SANS Institute news release. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC calls on software developers to enhance EHR readability
    The ONC is challenging graphic designers to find ways to improve the readability of EHRs, including using the Blue Button tool to make patient data accessible. "By making a patient record more usable, designers can help to prevent medical errors, empower patients to make smart health decisions and even save lives," ONC official Ryan Panchadsaram said in a blog post. Health Data Management (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Audit finds gaps in VA's research data security strategy
    An investigation by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs found that the agency's medical centers did not adequately monitor the data that they share with their research partners. "In numerous instances, we identified unsecured electronic and hardcopy research data at VA medical centers and in co-located research facilities," the report said. The VA should adopt a centralized governance model and formalize agreements with affiliate universities and research groups to secure sensitive data, according to the OIG. Health Data Management (10/29), HealthCareInfoSecurity.com (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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