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Implementation Date For ICD-10 Is Proposed

CEO SUMMARY: Even though the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will not be required until 2011, laboratories and pathology groups should have a transition plan in place. ICD-10’s 155,000 seven-digit codes will replace the 17,000 five-digit codes of ICD-9. Because of major…

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Health Record Databanks Are Different Than RHIOs

CEO SUMMARY: Forget CHINs from the 1990s and RHIOs from this decade. The future of regional health data repositories may turn out to be a patient-controlled model, often called a “Health Record Bank” (HRB). Here is the lab industry’s first look at this nascent movement. HRBs are und…

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Pathologist Is on Board Of Central Florida RHIO

CEO SUMMARY: Participation in the development and implementation of Central Florida’s nascent regional health information organization (RHIO) is helping Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), of Austin, Texas, achieve four strategic goals. Philip Chen, M.D., Ph.D., CPL’s Vice Presiden…

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NYC Collects Lab Results To Monitor Diabetics

CEO SUMMARY: With an estimated 780,000 diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetics in their city, officials at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene decided to take proactive action. Labs will now electronically report HbA1c test results electronically to city health officials…

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Department of Defense and VA Prepare to Pool Health Data

IT’S ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP on the road to a true “universal patient medical record.” Two government agencies are preparing to consolidate access to separate pools of healthcare data. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Aff…

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HHS Plans to Encourage National EMR System

CEO SUMMARY: Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced two major steps toward the universal electronic health record. One project involves the licensing of CAP’s SNOMED CT system to make it available to all healthcare providers in the United States. T…

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Nine Key Trends Are Shaping Nation’s Healthcare Informatics

CEO SUMMARY: During the 1990s, hospital spending on information technology was devoted primarily to acquiring upgraded versions of software systems for clinical services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology. That’s no longer true. As the following nine key trends in healthcare in…

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Lab Competitors Pool Lab Data For Clinicians In British Columbia

CEO SUMMARY: In British Columbia, two commercial laboratory competitors have found common ground. BC Biomedical Laboratories and MDS Metro Laboratories are using LOINC to link their laboratory test databases. Physicians use a single system to access their patient’s test results, regardl…

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2001’s Ten Big Stories Presage Future Direction

CEO SUMMARY: During 2001, few labs found themselves under intense pressure to change or react to dramatic events in the healthcare marketplace. Like 2000, this past year was marked by evolutionary progress, not revolutionary change. However, continuing signs indicate that consumers will p…

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Consumers Taking Active Role In Their Laboratory Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Two recent Internet surveys revealed that consumers rank access to their personal lab test results as the number one most wanted feature in healthcare services. This is an early warning for laboratories and pathology group practices. Today’s consumers have changing expectat…

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