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iPhone App Makes for Smoother Rounds
TV station interviews the inventor of iPhone’s
to Exchange Health Records
New Jersey's first health information exchange
is expected to debut soon in Camden, according to
Pharmacy May Protect War Veterans From Medication Errors
Thousands of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan
sustained life-threatening injuries but were fortunate
enough to return home alive. But some may have suffered
accidental harm or even died from the incorrect use
of potent prescription medications for their pain and
A robotic device that dispenses the proper dose of
oral prescription medications to soldiers suffering
from traumatic brain injuries, posttraumatic stress
disorder, and other conditions requiring risky medications
is under study by researchers at the University of Illinois
at Chicago’s (UIC) Center for Pharmacoeconomic
Research and Milwaukee’s Columbia College of Nursing.
“The military has an increasing number of patients
with combat-related injuries that may not allow them
to strictly adhere to their medication regimens,”
says Daniel Touchette, a UIC assistant professor of
pharmacy practice, who serves as coprincipal investigator
on the project. Some, he says, “are in transitional
care outpatient settings that do not have nurses or
pharmacists to manage their medications daily.”
No doubt, e-mail has changed the way we communicate. But it can
be so much more—even moreso for providers that
exchange as many e-mails as there are plans to reform
In this month’s E-News Exclusive, learn how proper
archiving can help healthcare organizations get the
most out of their inboxes.
— Lee DeOrio, editor
How to Leverage Effective E-mail
By Ken Horner
E-mail is the major application for healthcare organizations
to communicate with members and partners, and internally
as well. However, healthcare organizations, given compliance
and regulatory requirements, face challenges with regard
to securing, retaining, and accessing required e-mail
over long periods of time. The solution for many organizations
has been to deploy e-mail archiving solutions to capture
and retain e-mail and electronic discovery solutions
to identify and access required e-mail. Here are several
areas to consider when designing an e-mail archiving
strategy to avoid potential gaps.
in For The Record...
Free Up Your Cash
While the economy trips and stumbles on its
way to a full-blown recovery, healthcare organizations
are examining point-of-service payments as a means to
boost revenue flow. Read
Top 10 E/M Coding
Making sense of the 1995 and 1997 guidelines is virtually
impossible, according to a practicing physician and
certified professional coder.
ULearn From a
With more than a decade of experience working
with CPOE, the leaders at Alamance Regional Medical
Center give their thoughts on how to ace the implementation
Maximize HIT Investment
During the early stages of EMR planning, healthcare
providers are employing lean management practices to
identify and eliminate waste. Read
|Ask the Expert
Have a coding or transcription question?
Get an expert answer by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
I am currently reviewing turnaround times (TATs) for
transcribed reports that we have set for our department.
The facility for which I work is a 430-bed acute care
facility that transcribes both inpatient and outpatient
services. I would like to know what the national standards
are for TATs for the following report types: history
and physical, consults, operative reports, and discharge
Quoted below are the TATs as reflected in the TAT4CDT
white paper that was developed by a joint task force
of the AHIMA and the Medical Transcription Industry
Association (MTIA). The entire white paper can be found
on the MTIA Web site at http://mtia.com/downloads/TAT4CDT.pdf
IV. Current TAT4CDT Findings
Based on the analysis of data provided from leading
medical transcription service organizations (MTSOs),
the task force used a weighted average methodology to
calculate the findings of current TATs for common document
types. MTSO-provided data represents TATs of over 1,200
healthcare facilities nationally.
Current TAT4CDT findings are as follows:
• History and physical examination:
• Operative report: eight hours;
• Discharge summary: 24 hours;
• Inpatient progress note: eight
• Consultation: 12 hours; and
• Radiology report: four hours.
— Linda Yaniszewski is CEO/president
of ExecuScribe, Inc.
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