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  • Digital health push woos technology firms, pains doctors
    MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Doctors across the nation will spend on average roughly $40,000 on software to build digital databases of patient records. Even after all that expense, few physicians will be able to send patient records to other doctors, according to government advisers. Meantime, dozens of health care technology companies are making their pitch to provide patient-history systems where none currently exist. Billions of dollars in software revenues are at stake, which is backed by $30 billion in federal money. But before any of this will benefit patients, the program must get past some big hurdles springing up in what some compare to a Wild West frontier market. More

    ICD-10 survey shows urgent need for education
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    A recent ICD-10 study by J.A. Thomas and Associates found investing in education and training would be most beneficial to 72 percent of respondents, with more than half pointing out that they need help facilitating medical staff acceptance and endorsement of ICD-10 conversion. According to Mel Tully, senior vice president of clinical services and education, "Training efforts, to date, have fallen squarely on coders. Now, we need to see hospitals push this training to physicians and clinical documentation specialists." More

    Ponemon report makes case for single sign-on
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    An average clinician spends 122 hours per year (three business weeks) trying to access information from various EMRs, according to a report from the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Imprivata. "This is caused by the overabundance of passwords and logins being managed to access the applications needed for patient care," the report stated. More

    Breaches lead to push to protect medical data
    The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Federal health officials call it the Wall of Shame. It's a government Web page that lists nearly 300 hospitals, doctors and insurance companies that have reported significant breaches of medical privacy in the last couple of years. Such lapses, frightening to consumers, could impede the Obama administration's effort to shift the nation to electronic health care records. More

    New health IT 'czar' touts progress on electronic medical records
    Kaiser Health News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    A key aspect of the Obama administration's plans for health reform relies on the nations' doctors and hospitals adopting electronic health systems. Helping ensure that adoption is the job of Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Mostashari spoke with Kaiser Health News about his new job and his priorities. More

    AMA taps Dr. James Madara for CEO post
    Modern Physician    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The American Medical Association has appointed former University of Chicago Medical Center CEO James Madara, M.D., as its new executive vice president and CEO effective July 1. He replaces Michael Maves, M.D., whose contract expires June 30. The AMA is coming off a year in which, economically, it has rebounded to almost match its prerecession financial strength, but its membership continues to decline. More

    Health care continues hiring boom as national economy stalls
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    The U.S. health care sector continued to expand even as the rest of the economy struggled, with employment increasing in May by approximately 17,400 positions. Over the prior 12 months, the health care industry has added an average of 24,000 jobs per month. More

    Job Title Company Location
    Coder - In Patient Corona Regional Medical Center US - CA
    Coder/Abstractor III Fort Hamilton Hospital US - OH - Hamilton
    Medical Transcription MedQuist US - Nationwide
    Medical Language Specialists/ Speech Recognition Editors Amphion Medical Solutions US - Nationwide
    Medical Records Technician Lexington Health Care US - IL - Chicago Ridge

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