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Success Under Duress: How Five Hospitals Thrive Despite Challenging Payer Mix

Safety-net hospitals often struggle financially while providing a significant level of care to low-income, uninsured, and vulnerable communities. In a new report from the California HealthCare Foundation, “Success Under Duress: How Five Hospitals Thrive Despite Challenging Payer Mix”, five California safety-net hospitals are identified as achieving financial success despite this challenging situation. In the report, the leaders of these hospitals reveal the business and operational practices which they credit for their success.

More information regarding this article can be found at the CHCF Publications page, including links to the issue brief and the full report.

Apple’s iPad on Medical Rounds

Are you interested in how physicians might use Apple’s iPad device on rounds in the hospital? See an interesting article recounting one physician’s experience here: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2010/08/apples-ipad-medical-rounds-hands-physician-review.html. The article discusses privacy and security issues as well as the usability of the iPad during rounds.

EHR Meaningful Use and Standards Published

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the final version of the rules for EHR “meaningful use,” as well as EHR standards and certification criteria for electronic health records.

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a summary of the meaningful use rules.

Medical App Review Blog

Are you interested in learning about mobile “apps” for medicine? The blog iMedicalApps is worth adding to your RSS feed list. The blog features iPad/iPhone and Android medical app reviews by health care professionals. Recent articles have talked about the use of the iPad in the operating room and other hospital settings. Check it out at http://www.imedicalapps.com/.

Electronic Health Record Resources

During the March 24 MLA webcast entitled “Now’s the Time: Understanding the Electronic Health Record Maze and the Health Sciences Librarians’ Role,” speaker Jan Willis recommended several websites to access information about electronic health records:

MEDLINE/PubMed Search & Electronic Health Record Information Resources
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/ehr.html

Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/healthit.html

HHS Health Information Technology
http://www.healthit.hhs.gov/

In addition, you can access the Twitter page for the webcast at http://twitter.com/search?q=%23mlaehr. There you’ll find interesting comments from webcast viewers as well as many more links to valuable information about EHRs and PHRs.

EHR “Meaningful Use” Rule Resources

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) includes the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the “HITECH Act,” which established programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have updated a web page containing links to resources about the electronic health record “meaningful use” rule: see http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp. Links include a proposed definition, proposed requirements, and an FAQ.

Social Networking in Hospitals

Keep up with hospitals that are participating in social networking with the “HospitalGroup” Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/hospitalgroup.

Learn About the Rise of the E-Patient

Did you know that close to 20% of adults searching online for health information visit Internet and social networking sites to talk with medical experts and other patients? These e-patients are looking for tools to connect and share their medical data online. Listen to the National Public Radio interview with Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet and American Life Project regarding this growing trend.

Also, learn how librarians can find new ways to engage e-patients and their families with the Pew Internet online presentation The Rise of the E-Patient: Trends in the use of digital technology for health purposes.

2009 Report on Health Information Technology Adoption

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has published a new report on the rate of electronic health record adoption in hospitals. The report is entitled, “Health Information Technology in the United States: On the Cusp of Change, 2009.” The report discusses: “needed integration steps between performance measurement initiatives and HIT. Other topics covered include: adoption of electronic health records in U.S. hospitals, and specifically among hospitals that care for the poor; state roles in the advancement of HIT; and recent federal initiatives related to HIT.”

The report is available for download from http://www.rwjf.org/qualityequality/product.jsp?id=50308.

Hospitals and Social Media — a Quick Note

Connie Schardt, President of the Medical Library Association, recently posted the following notice to several listservs. Her main point is importnat enough to reprint here.

“An interesting blog post: — How Hospitals are Quietly Leading the Way with Social Media at http://blog.ogilvypr.com/2009/09/how-hospitals-are-quietly-leading-the-way-with-social-media/. Perhaps attitudes are starting to change about the use of social media within hospitals.”