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In this issue...
  • Patient safety takes one-two punch
  • Patient portals and tracking devices driving engagement
  • Measuring the value of surgery in the pay-for-performance era
  • Data is no less secure even as HIPAA enforcement is here
  • Ebola fears spurred 'unprecedented' hospital prep
  • Massachusetts offers a warning about universal coverage and hospitalizations
  • Upcoming Webinars




  • Patient safety takes one-two punch
    Healthcare IT News
    A report from the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a sentinel alert from the Joint Commission issued in succession hit patient safety hard. The OIG issued its Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations. The Joint Commission delivered Sentinel Event Alert No. 54, which focuses on the safe use of health information technology.
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    Patient portals and tracking devices driving engagement
    EHRIntelligence
    As EHR systems, patient portals, telemedicine, electronic prescribing, and other technologies continue affecting the healthcare industry, more stakeholders are considering how these tools are impacting patient engagement. For instance, a Harris Poll survey released by ambulatory healthcare IT vendor eClinicalWorks polled 2,000 adults across the country and found that 84 percent of respondents have access to a patient portal through their physician’s practice.
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    Measuring the value of surgery in the pay-for-performance era
    HealthLeaders Media
    Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System design a new approach to identifying risk-adjusted value in surgical services, while a Florida hospital group improves the quality of cardiac surgery and lowers costs by painstakingly replacing usual practices with best practices.
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    Data is no less secure even as HIPAA enforcement is here
    By Lindy Benton
    The headlines are endless and ever-growing: Healthcare data is at risk. Exposure is happening because a scourge of people worldwide is illegally trying to benefit from the information; because of improper protection of sensitive information; or because of some other sort of breach. However, despite continued efforts to address security loopholes across the sector, simply "taking action" to mitigate damage is not an effective strategy, and it won't work long term.
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    Ebola fears spurred 'unprecedented' hospital prep
    FierceHealthcare
    Even as the threat of Ebola recedes, the healthcare sector's experiences last fall as it faced a possible American outbreak created a need for unprecedented planning within the industry, according to two studies published in the Journal of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
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    Massachusetts offers a warning about universal coverage and hospitalizations
    Healthcare Payer News
    New evidence from Massachusetts suggests that expanded health insurance may not bring the needed benefits of reduced hospitalization, and could spur a rethinking of cost-sharing for valuable primary care. Even though the rate of uninsurance was cut in half to 6 percent, Massachusetts's 2006 health reform has not really helped improve preventable hospital admissions for chronic conditions that can be well treated with primary care, nor ethnic and racial disparities in those hospitalizations, according to a new study in the BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.
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