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Free Webinar :: Web Portals – 1 stop hub?

June 9, 2010

“Web portals: How a one-stop information hub can improve patient care & staff satisfaction”
June 22nd, 2pm

To gain this competitive edge, healthcare organizations must have a top-notch team of smart, dedicated professionals. Too bad so many organizations slow their teams down with inefficient processes that hinder their access to critical information. In fact, it’s one of the top complaints among staff!

Tune into this one-hour event and you’ll learn how to:

  • Share information with employees in real time, in a searchable, web-based content management format.
  • Tie together multiple clinical, billing and patient management systems for patients, clinicians and administrators, with a single login ID for each user.
  • Arm physicians with a one-stop repository where they can access course material, test results, x-rays, clinical studies, research, formulary information, and more.
  • Enable staff to quickly access department-specific content that allows them to make informed decisions on the spot.
  • And more…

Speakers ::

  • Barry Grover, director of information technology services at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, New Albany, Ind.
  • J.D. Kleinke, a medical economist and author who specializes in healthcare IT trends, implementations and date-driven health care systems
  • Joseph Preston, Worldwide Healthcare Business Development Executive, IBM Software Group
  • Moderated by Neil Versel, senior editor of FierceHealthIT, FierceEMR and FierceMobileHealthcare

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Irish hospitals under fire after wrongly diagnosing miscarriages

June 9, 2010

Doctors in Ireland are encouraging additional and more thorough readings of fetal scans for pregnant women, as well as for equipment to be updated regularly, in the wake of news that three different women were wrongly informed that they had miscarried.

In the most high profile of the three cases, Melissa Redmond was eight weeks pregnant when she was told late last year by doctors at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, that her baby had died. Just prior to undergoing a procedure to have the fetus removed, Redmond sought a second opinion, where it was determined that her child was, indeed, alive.

The boy, Michael Jr., is now 13-weeks old according to BBC News.

“The health scanner [at Our Lady of Lourdes] was not fit for purpose,” Redmond’s husband, Michael, said. “[I]t was six years old and needed to be changed….[It] was finally changed six months after our diagnosis.”

A second mother, Gillian Dargle, was told by doctors at Louth County Hospital in Dundalk, that there was no fetal heartbeat 13 weeks into her pregnancy. A second scan confirmed the finding, but a third scan, performed on the morning she was to have the fetus removed, contradicted the other two.

Dr. Peter McParland of Dublin’s National Maternity Hospital said that doctors need to realize that ultrasounds are “not infallible” and that extra caution should be taken prior to a fetus-removal procedure.

Those sentiments were echoed by Dr. Barry White, national director of Quality and Clinical Care for the Health Service Executive, Ireland’s version of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“I would accept that in most situations a mandatory scan would seem to be the appropriate way to go, regardless of what the best practice is internationally,” White said, according to the Irish Times. “To me, it seems like the safest option.”

The Demographics of Americans and Health Insurance

May 31, 2010

According to new research by Nielsen Claritas, 78% of Americans own health insurance, and they represent a wide-ranging group of people.

As defined by Nielsen PRIZM, the segmentation system that classifies Americans into 66 lifestyle types, the insureds tend to be upscale and educated suburbanites. A disproportionate number include elderly, middle-class couples in small-town and rural communities. And high rates of health insurance owners are found among well-off Boomer couples and families in exurban towns.

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