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Despite recent layoffs, hospitals may be poised for hiring
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The second quarter of 2010 was not kind to hospitals. Despite the reductions, David Cherner, managing partner of Health Workforce Solutions, LLC, says he remains "bullish" on hospital hiring, and believes hospitals in several markets across the country are poised to add staff—possibly by the end of this year or the first quarter of 2011. More

FCC, FDA partner to promote Telehealth, clarify regulation
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The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Drug Administration announced a partnership dedicated to promoting wireless-enabled telehealth devices, which the agencies said could improve health quality and reduce medical costs, The Hill's "Hillicon Valley" reports. Wireless medical devices include remote monitoring systems and sensors that send text messages to a physician about changes in a patient's health status. More

Federal medical snooping and how to stop it
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The 2009 economic stimulus package has largely been a bust. However, one sector of the economy that should be seeing robust growth is the medical software industry because the stimulus law requires all Americans' medical records to be stored electronically and made available in that form to all health care providers and, in some instances, to the federal government — all by 2014. More

New coding system for medical diagnoses set for 2013
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Oct. 1, 2013, is the firm date for implementation of the new ICD-10 coding system for medical diagnoses, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The ICD-10 is the 10th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, the manual most commonly used for coding medical diagnoses. More

Electronic health records: Good or bad?
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The days of massive medical records, rooms with rolling shelves stuffed with paper is quickly disappearing. The Obama Administration rolled out a five year plan for moving doctors and hospitals to electronic medical records. Will this make our lives better or create a security risk? Dr. Ken Schafermeyer, professor at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy answers some of those questions.

Researchers developing computer software for unique use by doctors
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A research team at the University of California-Los Angeles is developing new, customized software and hardware designed to provide physicians with a more cost-effective, faster and more specialized computing system, National Science Foundation/U.S. News & World Report reports. The domain-specific computing research is financed by a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation. More

Hospitals find it tougher to be 'Most Wired'
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Changes in criteria for the American Hospital Association's "Most Wired" hospital list made it more difficult for many institutions to make the cut this year, reflecting a growing emphasis on hospitals not just having technology, but maximizing its use in their operations and patient care. The AHA's two-year push to revamp the survey and its methodologies and analytics was started before the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final "meaningful use" standards, announced at about the same time as the list's release in July. More

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Fast treatment rare in emergency departments, survey says
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A patient waiting in a typical emergency department would have time to watch more than four one-hour long episodes of the iconic television show "ER," according to a survey by a national hospital consulting firm. The average time a patient spent in the emergency department ticked up by four minutes from 2008 to 2009, which brought the total time to four hours and seven minutes, an increase of 31 minutes since 2002, according to the 2010 Emergency Department Pulse Report by Press Ganey, a hospital consulting firm. More

Switching to electronic medical records
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The shift toward electronic medical records is taking root, a change that should benefit doctors and patients alike. Electronic medical records bring together a patient's health history from different sources. The goal is to increase efficiency, give doctors more information to work with and spot potential risks, like prescription drugs that could cause an adverse reaction if allowed to interact. More
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