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December 19, 2011

Features

A Bridge to Better Reimbursement
Proper use of modifiers can connect healthcare organizations to more accurate reimbursement.

The CCD and Meaningful Use: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship
Many industry experts believe the continuity-of-care document is well suited to help organizations achieve meaningful use goals.

Survivor: HIM Edition
Unless your head is buried in an ICD-10 textbook, you’ve no doubt heard that many HIM service and technology vendors are battling to keep relevant in today’s changing marketplace.

mHealth in Action
Using smartphones to help new mothers and diabetes patients is demonstrating positive outcomes while also revealing roadblocks to even better results.

Now Playing in 3-D
Like filmmakers, radiologists are learning how to best use 3-D visualization technology.

Coding and Transcription
Coding from diagnostic reports

Departments

Editor’s Note

Coding Corner
The Medicaid recovery audit contractor program promises to tower over coding operations in the near future.

News Briefs
A new study details how hospitals in the Memphis, Tenn., area that shared EHR data among emergency departments achieved annual cost savings of nearly $2 million and had fewer hospital admissions.

Products and Services
Care Communications has announced a package of new services to help healthcare providers accelerate their coding transition to ICD-10.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


December 5, 2011

Features

Tick, Tick, Tick
Restlessness reigns as anxious coders wonder how they will adjust to life in an ICD-10 world.

Can Telehealth Reduce Costs?
As this care delivery model gains traction, healthcare organizations are looking to get a better grip on economic factors such as start-up costs and sustainability.

Building Buzz for HIT
Through a new consumer-focused program, the ONC is trying to engage patients in the value of electronic health information.

Genetic Screening — Colorectal Cancer Test Shows Promise
After analyzing years of research, a public health project has recommended newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients receive across-the-board genetic screening for Lynch syndrome.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for carcinoid tumors

Departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
Less than 10% of healthcare providers are more than halfway through achieving full compliance for upgrading to ICD-10 codes, according to research firm KLAS.

Money Matters
Industry experts give their thoughts on how the final rules concerning accountable care organizations will affect the industry.

Datebook

Products and Services
A dashboard solution helps hospital staff track key patient metrics right from their desktops in near real time.

www.watch
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a challenge to develop an app that would provide consumers with access to healthcare quality data.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


November 21, 2011

Features

An Uncertain Future
Medical transcriptionists are questioning what role they will play in a healthcare system focused on creating electronic documents and cutting costs.

The Hazards of Note Bloat
Learn how a children’s hospital instituted a program that prevents EHR documentation from becoming cumbersome and unreliable.

Tackling Revenue Disrupters
Besides ICD-10, revenue cycle management and HIM staff have several other initiatives to contend with if they are to maintain cash flow.

Ambiguous Itching
Systemic illness, a decline in normal immune function, medication intolerance, and dry skin can all contribute to annoying itch. The challenge lies in establishing an accurate diagnosis.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for dermatitis

Departments

Editor’s Note

CFO Zone
During difficult financial times, it’s more imperative than ever for healthcare organizations to create sound strategies for collecting patient payments.

News Briefs
Research firm Frost & Sullivan expects the EHR market to reach its peak sometime in 2012.

Datebook

Technology Trends
Researchers traveled to Latin America to determine if the use of cell phones could improve care among the poor.

Products and Services
An education service is now accepting applications for online and on-premise training for the certified coding specialist exam.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


November 7, 2011

features

How Tweet It Is
Twitter and similar tools are becoming a growing presence in hospitals looking for imaginative ways to communicate with patients and staff.

Writing Effective Physician Queries
Industry experts offer advice and recommend techniques for constructing a series of questions that will garner answers.

Discovery Processes in the Electronic Age
Hospitals are advised not to wait for a subpoena to arrive before implementing a plan to deal with legal medical record requests.

Saving Lives and Money
The Michigan ICU Keystone project has successfully made the case that preventing serious bloodstream infections is sustainable.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for sepsis and SIRS

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is spearheading an initiative aimed at providing medical reference and decision-support technology to underserved populations.

Coding Corner
Determining how the cause of a particular diagnosis might affect the final code sequencing and DRG assignment can be a head-scratcher.

Datebook

www.watch
A new website arms consumers with millions of real patient experiences to help them make more informed healthcare decisions.

Products and Services
A pair of partnerships have the same goal in mind: develop technology that will allow providers to more easily and effectively document care.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


October 24, 2011

features

A Service-Oriented Approach
Service-oriented architectures are being lauded for their ability to share data in a way that elevates patient care and quality metrics.

HIM Heroes
For The Record salutes 10 unsung professionals who have performed exceptionally.

New Data Management Horizons for Registrars
Better-educated certified tumor registrars increase the odds that quality patient information will be collected, an important factor considering cancer treatments are based on that very same data.

Physicians’ Role in Oral Health
Poor oral health can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and pain that can affect elder patients’ wellness and quality of life.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for diabetes mellitus

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
The VA has announced plans to expand its Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record pilot program.

Technology Trends
Healthcare organizations can avoid numerous HITECH headaches if they follow proper protocol when disposing of retired PCs.

Evolving Education
To meet the demand for HIT staff, some healthcare organizations are looking to hire qualified candidates from within.

www.watch
Health and Human Services has launched a new website aimed at educating providers and patients on the benefits of HIT.

By the Numbers
Study results indicate EHR use can have an effect on infant mortality. Get the lowdown on this and other healthcare facts and figures.


October 10, 2011

features

Coding’s New World
Industry experts offer their perspectives on what the coding profession will look like in 2020.

To EACH His Own
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology’s EACH program helps providers that would rather not adopt a vendor-certified EHR meet meaningful use requirements.

Keeping Tabs on Data
A more structured approach to enterprise content management provides an opportunity for HIM departments to play a leading role.

Questions Raised About Bladder Cancer Care
UCLA researchers uncovered disturbing findings when they investigated whether bladder cancer patients were receiving guideline-recommended treatment.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for bladder cancer

departments

Guest Voice

EHR Insider
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is urging EHR vendors to create a product more conducive to the specialty’s workflow.

News Briefs
Patients in an integrated healthcare system that uses EHRs get their prescriptions filled at a higher rate than those in nonintegrated systems, according to a new study.

www.watch
The Mayo Clinic has found that social media can be leveraged as a tool to quickly recruit large numbers of study participants when researching rare diseases.

Products and Services
A software package enables healthcare organizations to test their ICD-10 prowess while using current ICD-9 codes.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


September 26, 2011

features

ROI Management
In today’s audit-intensive and electronic environment, experts say hospitals need to follow specific steps to meet new regulatory requirements.

The iPad Invasion
Apple’s ballyhooed and much-loved device is making significant inroads into the medical realm.

Pulling Double Duty
Living in a hybrid medical records environment requires a balancing act in which HIM professionals juggle electronic and paper formats with scanning solutions.

Laser Removal
Interventional radiologists use an excimer laser to remove embedded inferior vena cava filters.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for acute and chronic DVT and PE

departments

Editor’s Note

Coding Corner
Does your inpatient coding team review the doctor’s admission order as a matter of course on each case?

News Briefs
A peer-reviewed study found significant cost reductions and a decrease in redundant diagnostic testing when HIEs were used at the point of care in emergency departments.

Datebook

Technology Trends
Creating an appropriate evaluation methodology is critical to ensuring a sustainable HIE.

www.watch
The VA has issued employee guidelines for the proper use of social media, including how best to protect the privacy of patient data.

Products and Services
ICD-10 Coders Academy and Elsevier Health have created an online ICD-10 training program targeting coders preparing for certification examinations.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


September 12, 2011

features

Conquering Wireless Barriers
Defeat persistent problems such as concrete walls and temperamental signals to create a modern, connected hospital environment.

Can IBM’s Watson Beat the Odds?
The supercomputer that took Jeopardy! by storm is setting its sights on winning over the healthcare industry.

Mobile Mayhem
The increased use of mobile devices in hospital settings has complicated matters for privacy officers.

Women at 40
Once they reach this milestone, women need to reassess their game plan for staying healthy.

Coding and Transcription
Update on uterine fibroids with embolization

departments

Editor’s Note

Coding Corner
Two respected HIM industry veterans take exception to the idea that coders are not suited to be clinical documentation improvement specialists.

Transcription Trends
When voice recognition systems lose their—ahem—voice, most hospitals go back to the future and employ microcassettes and transcribers.

News Briefs
Qualifying for federal stimulus funds remains a strong incentive for healthcare providers considering a transition to an EHR.

Datebook

www.watch
The American Academy of Family Physicians has launched an online patient survey portal that its members can use to gather, organize, and report patient satisfaction information.

Products and Services
DrChrono has announced that it’s partnered with M*Modal to integrate medical speech-to-text functionality into its iPad EHR app.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


August 15, 2011

features

In the Crosshairs
Depending on the region, recovery audit contractors have taken a shine to certain issues where hospitals are falling short of compliance.

The Aurion Project Looks Ahead
An expansion of the federal “Connect” program, this initiative strives to promote health information exchange through the use of open source technology.

Information Not-So-Super Highway
A Mississippi imaging group found a way to get maximum use from less-than-maximum bandwidth.

Strain Stopper
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated the guidelines for preventing the spread of noroviruses.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for norovirus

departments

Editor’s Note

Technology Trends
Using EHR data, some physicians are creating personalized treatment plans that allow patients to better understand their roles in the care process.

News Briefs
A national survey documents the growing pains and successes of 255 health information exchange initiatives.

www.watch
A compendium of healthcare organizations have joined to launch an online network that collects and distributes information on adverse drug events in the United States.

Products and Services
For providers concerned about the impending 5010 deadline, a consulting firm has introduced a program that assures hospitals and health systems are on track to avoid revenue cycle disruptions.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


August 1, 2011

features

Successful Attestation: It’s All in the Details
Smart healthcare organizations are learning from the experiences of others to get a better handle on how to best satisfy meaningful use requirements.

A Value-Based Proposition
Experts agree that the introduction of value-based purchasing programs will force clinical documentation improvement programs to change their approach.

No Boundaries
The VA’s telehealth program uses its vast resources to go beyond the reach of most and extend care to veterans worldwide.

Enhancing Blood Supply — Revascularization Procedure Options
Physicians can choose from several promising revascularization procedures to enhance blood supply following a patient’s heart attack.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for acute myocardial infarction

departments

Editor’s Note

CEO Zone
Nancy Brighindi, PhD, CAE, was kind enough to answer a few questions regarding her new role as CEO of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and the Clinical Documentation Industry Association.

News Briefs
Approximately 80% of respondents in a new IBM research survey reveal a willingness to pay a “reasonable price” for mHealth devices.

Transcription Trends
Quality assurance, which plays a vital role in patient safety, is a combination of good dictation habits and keen medical knowledge.

Datebook

www.watch
Some healthcare organizations are catching on to the idea of designing their websites to be smartphone ready.

Products and Services
HIT training materials used by the Community College Consortia Program are now available to the general public.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


July 18, 2011

features

Caught in a Coding Conundrum
A tricky proposition for coders, unbundling can lead organizations down a path toward noncompliance.

Documenting Death
A special branch of the World Health Organization is taking steps to ensure mortality coders are gathering high-quality data.

Medical Device Integration — More Than Meets the Eye
HIM professionals need to be at the forefront of discussions regarding how healthcare organizations will handle the generation of this data.

Marfan Syndrome — An Elusive and Complicated Genetic Disorder
Besides early diagnosis, researchers are touting the effectiveness of a blood pressure medication.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for aortic conditions

departments

Editor’s Note

Evolving Education
How do healthcare organizations go about selecting the best candidates to fill HIT staff openings?

News Briefs
Weill Cornell Medical College researchers report that transitioning to an e-prescribing system carries both risks and rewards.

Datebook

www.watch
To facilitate clinical trial enrollment, PatientsLikeMe has added a feature to help connect patients with the most appropriate options in their area.

Products and Services
A new ICD-10 translation tool can help HIM departments make the conversion from ICD-9.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


June 20, 2011

features

Recognizing Excellence
Through innovation and hard work, the HFMA’s MAP Award winners are reaching the heights of revenue cycle success.

EHR Adoption: The Evolution of Physician Acceptance
Retrace the long and winding path that has led healthcare providers to the verge of widespread EHR use.

Foreign Conquest
Industry veterans offer pointers for transcription and coding companies contemplating the formation of overseas operations.

Dialysis: A Forever Decision
Older kidney disease patients must be armed with knowledge that enables them to select appropriate treatments, including dialysis.

Coding and Transcription
Treatment options for chronic kidney disease

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
According to a report from the Center for Studying Health System Change, many physicians find that e-prescribing systems often have incomplete data and limited usefulness.

CFO Zone
Several government initiatives have put a pinch on coder productivity, resulting in delayed claims submissions and more days in accounts receivable.

Datebook

www.watch
A project coordinated by Children’s Hospital Boston found that social networking tools, in conjunction with PHRs, could be valuable for monitoring chronic diseases.

Products and Services
A 3-D navigation tool allows users to view a model of a female or male body in specific detail.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


June 6, 2011

features

Layin’ Down the Law
Two recent cases serve as examples of the Office of Civil Rights’ intensified efforts to punish HIPAA violators.

Upon Closer Inspection…
Chart auditing programs help providers and health systems determine where their documentation may be falling short.

The Word’s Out
Research indicates healthcare organizations receive a demonstrable return on investment when they implement speech recognition technology.

Liver Tumor Interventions
The ISET Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology was the setting for a discussion of the merits of catheter-based treatments for hepatocellular carcinoma.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for liver cancer

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
The MetroChicago Health Information Exchange takes the Windy City to new heights as it plans to serve an unprecedented 9.4 million patients.

Coding Corner
Evaluation and preparation are key primers to getting an ICD-10 project headed in the right direction.

Datebook

www.watch
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have made public an online tool that lets consumers gain access to patient safety data.

Products and Services
Six organizations have released an updated guide featuring tips on how clinicians can get the most out of e-prescribing technology.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


May 23, 2011

features

ICD-10: Two Questions to Ponder
The massive project’s chances of succeeding plummet if a healthcare provider’s software vendor isn’t on board and budget estimates prove difficult.

Making a Connection
As patient portals grow in popularity, more healthcare organizations are realizing the value of secure information exchange between physicians and consumers.

The Advent of ACOs
Accountable care organizations have the potential to revolutionize the healthcare system—or send it into more disarray.

Sudden Killer
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy hits suddenly and often without warning. Are there steps that can be taken to help prevent this genetic disorder from striking?

Coding and Transcription
Coding for cardiomyopathy

Coding & Revenue Cycle Buyers’ Guide

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
A Sage Healthcare survey found that patients and providers alike believe EHRs can help improve care.

Transcription Trends
EHRs offer great promise, but all could be lost if patient narrative is not preserved. That’s where transcriptionists come in.

Products and Services
ClearPractice and Prognosis have developed a software-as-a-service EMR solution to connect hospitals and their affiliated physicians.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


May 9, 2011

features

Raising Cancer Care
By boosting the quality of data contained within its cancer registry, a healthcare organization can realize benefits throughout the care continuum.

How to Measure CDI Effectiveness
Industry experts offer tips on how to tell whether a clinical documentation improvement initiative is generating benefits throughout a hospital.

Revenue Generators
Although it may not seem like it, HIM departments serve as hubs of economic activity, controlling many hospital finances through daily decision making.

Surgery Strengthens Brittle Bones
The latest incarnation of telescoping rods has produced impressive results in patients suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for bone diseases

departments

Letter to the Editor

News Briefs
According to a survey, medical groups face serious challenges on the road to meeting the upcoming HIPAA 5010 guidelines.

EHR Insider
There are six organizations that have been granted the right to certify EHRs, leading vendors to ask themselves, “Which one is right for me?”

Datebook

www.watch
EMRapproved.com has launched a series of new online research tools and directories.
Products and Services An alliance between AAPC and Navicure will provide education opportunities for providers seeking HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 advice.

Products and Services
An alliance between AAPC and Navicure will provide education opportunities for providers seeking HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10 advice.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


April 25, 2011

features

Finding Holes in IT Security
Healthcare organizations can adopt several tools to help them find vulnerable areas that may be ripe for breaches.

Sorting Out Meaningful Use
The quality reporting requirements included in the meaningful use guidelines have left some healthcare organizations seeking more clarification.

Natural Language Processing
Hospitals can use natural language processing to analyze patient narrative to improve quality and efficiency and enhance clinical outcomes.

Fetal Surgery: A Promising Treatment for Spina Bifida
Results from a federal study offer hope to parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for spina bifida

departments

Editor’s Note

Legal Brief

News Briefs
Improving collaborative communications is a chief concern for health technology professionals, according to a survey conducted by business communications firm Avaya.

Coding Corner
Learn how a 100-bed hospital bypassed vendor help to forge its own documentation improvement program.

Datebook

Products and Services
Career Step and YES HIM Consulting have pooled their resources to develop an ICD-10 education solution.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


April 11, 2011

features

Decision Support: A Foundation for Success
Clinical decision-support systems can lead to streamlined care, but it takes significant effort to ensure appropriate workflows and user interfaces.

Copy Fees: The Battle Continues
The advent of EHRs is adding another layer of complexity to the fray as hospitals, ROI outsourcing providers, and lawyers attempt to determine what’s a fair price.

Still a Nestling
Mobile devices hold great promise as a tool that can help achieve affordable, reliable care for the masses.

What Next?
A recent trial provides clear evidence that CT screening reduces lung cancer mortality. Will those findings translate into new screening recommendations?

Coding and Transcription
Coding for lung cancer

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
The average cost of a data breach for a U.S. company increased to $7.2 million in 2010, according to an annual study by the Ponemon Institute.

CFO Zone
Lean management advocates argue it’s more important to improve quality than it is to slash budgets.

Datebook

www.watch
A nationwide study found that hospitals are failing to take full advantage of social networking tools such as Facebook.

Products and Services
The National Institutes of Health has announced the first NIH mHealth Summer Institute, a weeklong workshop designed to connect participants with leading experts in the field.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


March 28, 2011

features

The MT Credentialing Debate
Should medical transcriptionists be required to become credentialed? MTs wonder whether it’s worth it, while industry executives believe it could add panache to the profession.

Extraction Experts
There’s value in the mining of secondary EHR data, but privacy advocates caution that it’s vulnerable to abuse.

Document Management and Meaningful Use Requirements
Some industry veterans believe it would have been wise to reward providers for moving old paper records into a digital format.

A Revolutionary Procedure in Aneurysm Treatment
By combining the skills of a brain surgeon with those of an ear, nose, and throat specialist, a surgical team gains notice for its unique approach.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for brain aneurysm

departments

Letter to the Editor

Evolving Education
HIM programs across the country are playing a leading role in preparing students for an electronic environment and the upcoming ICD-10 onslaught.

News Briefs
Watson the supercomputer of Jeopardy! fame is going to try its hand in the healthcare realm thanks to a partnership between IBM and Nuance.

Technology Trends
Patient Privacy Rights founder Deborah C. Peel, MD, writes about the importance of Health Information Privacy & Security Week.

Datebook

www.watch
A study from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences says physicians using Twitter need more oversight.

Products and Services
The American Academy of Family Physicians and Surescripts will provide doctors with a messaging service that promotes electronic communication.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


March 14, 2011

Features

No Code Left Behind
Computer-assisted coding takes advantage of natural language processing to boost productivity.

The Perils of Copy-Paste
Physicians who rely on shortcuts to populate patient EHRs leave themselves vulnerable to serious consequences.

Condensed Care
Telemedicine allows healthcare organizations to reach remote patients who might not otherwise be able to receive such specialized care.

Dealing With Dysphagia
For older adults, difficulty swallowing may seem like another consequence of advancing age, but in fact it can be a sign of more serious health concerns.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for dysphagia

Departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
According to a HIMSS survey, providers have much ground to cover if they are to meet the timeline set for 5010 compliance.

Transcription Trends
Myriad choices make it difficult for HIM directors and central purchasing to feel comfortable when selecting a dictation platform.

www.watch
The number of people using the Web to gather health information has grown to the point that it now ranks as the third most prevalent activity among Internet users.

Datebook

Products and Services
A new mobile RTLS app allows users to access patient, staff, and equipment locations from their mobile devices.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


February 28, 2011

Features

Cloudy Forecast for Healthcare
Adoption has been slow to this point, but signs indicate more healthcare organizations are looking into cloud computing strategies.

Transcription Overflow: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Bitter Spill to Swallow
Smart healthcare organizations can take steps to ensure they have plans prepared in the event they see a rise in the number of dictated reports.

Say Hello to Medicaid RACs
Just what coding departments needed: another auditor ready to pounce on any suspect claim.

Healing Postsurgery Wounds
Early returns from researchers show promise for a new treatment that will decrease pain for patients recovering from surgery.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for postoperative wound infection

Departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
One half of U.S. hospitals are at risk of failing to meet federal requirements for achieving meaningful use, according to a report.

Technology Trends
The ability to digitally transfer images is a component of interoperability that sometimes goes overlooked, but experts say it’s well worth the effort.

www.watch
A media services company has launched a content program for hospitals and other healthcare institutions looking to use social media to connect with patients.

Products and Services
The state of Mississippi has turned to a registry solution to help it measure provider progress toward meaningful use.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


February 14, 2011

features

Ten Elements of a Successful HIE
Industry insiders offer their expert opinions on the ingredients that make a winning initiative.

Making a Virtual Connection
Smart healthcare organizations are joining the social media revolution to take advantage of its myriad ways to communicate with consumers.

RFID Signals Innovation
Learn how radio-frequency identification technology accentuates a health system’s EHR and helps improve diabetes management.

Two of a Kind
Celiac and thyroid diseases often go hand in hand, making it important to recognize the possibility of a dual diagnosis if treating one doesn’t make the problems dissipate.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for thyroid diseases

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
Separate surveys measure the impact of HIT on small physician practices and the intent of office-based doctors to meet meaningful use requirements.

Evolving Education
Allied healthcare students need to develop five specific skills if they are to be successful in an electronic environment.

Datebook

www.watch
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School found that adding an interactive online community to an Internet-based walking program significantly decreased the number of participants who dropped out of the program.

Products and Services
Nuance’s new point-of-care app empowers clinicians to dictate when and where they want.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.


January 31, 2011

Features

Navigate the EHR Maze
Vendor selection and gaining staff buy-in figure prominently in healthcare organizations’ EHR adoption strategies.

Keys to Effective Breach Management
There are countless moving parts to the disclosure management process, making it imperative that healthcare organizations be well prepared.

Hybrid Medical Records Are Here to Stay
Healthcare organizations can get as electronic as they want, but it seems inevitable that they’ll be managing paper documents in one form or another for some time to come.

Treating Prostate Cancer
Much of the research presented at this fall’s American Society for Radiation Oncology meeting focused on ways to better image and treat prostate cancer.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for prostate cancer

Transcription Buyers’ Guide

Departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
According to a University of California, Davis study, EHR use has varying effects on productivity depending on medical specialty.

Transcription Trends
A transcription services manager presents five tips on how to better measure medical transcriptionist productivity.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures


January 17, 2011

Features

History Project
In an effort to identify patients at risk of developing certain cancers, a VA health system is using its EHR to collect family history data.

Game Changer: How ICD-10 Will Reshape Documentation Processes
When the new system takes over in 2013, it will be a whole new ball game for coders, CDI specialists, and physicians.

Healthcare in a Petri Dish
Research conducted by the Healthcare Innovation and Technology Lab reveals how the industry is swimming with ideas on how to improve care.

Imaging Dangerous Plaque
Using near-infrared spectroscopy delivered through a catheter may help doctors better identify arterial plaque that is likely to cause heart attack or stroke.

Coding and Transcription
Coding for heart disease

Transcription Buyers’ Guide

departments

Editor’s Note

News Briefs
A HIMSS Analytics white paper measures the progress being made in integrating medical devices with EMRs.

CFO Zone
A business consultant offers advice on how hospitals can weather these tough economic times.

Datebook

www.watch
The Midwest Community College Health Information Technology Consortium recently launched a website to recruit students and provide employers with information on HIT training.

Products and Services
A wireless-enabled device allows patients to transmit medical data from home to their EMR in real time.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on healthcare’s facts and figures.