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Trends in Hospital Inpatient Drug Costs: Issues and Challenges

Hospitals spent 40 percent more on inpatient drug costs in 2015 than they did in 2013, a change attributed to rising drug prices, rather than an increase in patient volume.

Software ‘freeze’ after network failure at St George’s

In England, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust freezes all ongoing software installs after aging computers and unreliable core software systems, like Microsoft XP, lead to a system-wide network outage.

One of the physicists behind the Higgs boson has made an algorithm to replace the pill

A physicist turned entrepreneur launches a birth control app that tracks the daily temperature of users with the impressive result of helping women avoid pregnancy 99.5 percent of the time, making it as effective as the pill or condoms.

Revised HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool Now Available

ONC updates its HIPAA Security Risk Assessment Tool, offering a 156-item questionnaire that evaluates HIPAA compliance by walking users through a series of questions about typical organizational activities.

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  1. Re: “In England, St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust freezes all ongoing software installs after aging computers and unreliable core software systems, like Microsoft XP, lead to a system-wide network outage.”

    Sounds funny, as phrased. If the systems are aging and unreliable, they might want to accelerate (or unfreeze, or begin) upgrades of those legacy systems.

    Of course if the problem is a rather undisciplined and chaotic IT environment, then yeah, you might want a temporary freeze to organize things.

    If the problem is under-investment in the legacy systems, then once again, a freeze seems counter-productive.

    • Judy, I don’t think shamefull is accurate. But, for certain we know more about what’s going on with care with HIT than without. It was very hard or impossible to analyze the ink on your hands!







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