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From The PACS Designer: “Re: iRing. As we wait for the Apple iTV later this year, it has been rumored that this new device will have an iRing as a control device. So while you munch your snacks and watch your favorite programs on an iTV, you’ll be able to flip channels, adjust the sound, or also switch to an Internet browser with this new innovation.“

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From Low Rider: “Re: barcoding. Saw this – looks pretty cool.“ A Hospira solution scans IV bags to verify them, scans the smart pump to check its settings, and then sends the settings and start time to the EHR.

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Internal slides from Optum sent by an anonymous reader suggest that the company will sell its 60-consultant OptumInsight implementation and support business to Accenture effective May 9.

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Half of respondents think that the CommonWell members that offer hospital systems haven’t integrated their own products very well. New poll to your right: which of the listed hospital system vendors offer “open” systems, based on how you interpret that word’s meaning? You can choose one, several, or “none of the above” and you can leave a comment as well.

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Ken Mackley (St. Joseph’s Area Health Services) joins Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (MN) as director of IT.

ED system downtime forced Memorial Hospital of South Bend (IN) to go on diversion for several hours on Thursday.

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University of New Mexico Hospital (NM) will lay off 57 transcriptionists in outsourcing their work to Nuance.

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In Australia, the government’s $1 billion eHealth system holds only 414 patient records nine months after its launch, with fewer than 1 percent of doctors being able to view records on it because they refuse to sign up for a new healthcare ID. The government is sending out teams to recruit patients to sign up, which requires patients to provide their insurance cards and driver’s license. Critics say the government is trying to boost the registration numbers to hide the project’s failure.

In England, an NHS trust admits that it not only accidentally overpaid 791 workers, but also hired debt collectors to try to get the money back from its own employees.


A class action lawsuit is filed against Florida-based Adventist Health System/Sunbelt alleging that the hospital operator’s failure to protect patient information allowed its ED employees to sell patient information to lawyers and chiropractors.

4-13-2013 2-12-05 PM

Google acquires Behavio, whose software harvests anonymous information from smart phone sensors such as location, speed, and the presence of nearby devices. Medical and disaster recovery applications are among its potential uses.

Weird News Andy suggests this weighty problem is waisting patients’ time. A survey finds that both patients and physicians trust the other less if they are overweight, with patients less likely to take advice from a fat doctor.

It’s more on the HIS-tory of Meditech this week from Vince.


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  1. About outages: system unavailability is ignored as an adverse event of HIT systems. It seems that every hospitals states that patient care was not affected when all records vanish at once. Yet, the press release occurs so soon after the crash begins that the question must be raised: how do they know this?

    There needs to be a national registry for recording electronic record unavailability of any duration at all health care facilities. There needs to be audits of the impact that such outages have on care and outcomes, injuries, and deaths. TYhe CDC should do this, since we may be witnessing an emerging disease.

    Our team knows that there are inordinant delays in care when that happens.This affects patients and their illnesses. For example, ancillary services can not find the patients they are to care for because the lists and locations disappear, like for respiratory therapy. If a patient on a vent is not suctioned, he/she may get pneumonia.







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