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Facebook 'likes' could translate to real life likes for hospitals

If you "like" a hospital on Facebook, does that mean you're a satisfied patient? A study from the  American Journal of Medical Quality  set out to assess whether Facebook "likes" were associated with hospital quality and patient satisfaction.

Infection-control staff say EHRs not designed to help

Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that hospitals are making headway in reducing healthcare-associated infections, a new study finds that for those on the front lines, their organizations' technology doesn't support them in their jobs. In fact, according to researchers, hospital-based infection preventionists often unaware of whether their organization was involved in an HIE.

10 technologies health execs should watch in 2013

The safety of electronic health records, imaging technology and alarms all are seen as significant issues that should be top of mind for healthcare executives in 2013, according to a new report unveiled this week by the ECRI Institute.

Consent for online research calls for transparency, innovation

Traditional models of informed consent haven't kept up with a world of Facebook, patient forums and blogs, write bioethicists in an essay published this week in  Science Translational Medicine .

EHR Association supports BPC health IT safety proposal

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association issued a statement this week in support of the recently released Bipartisan Policy Center report on patient safety, noting that patient safety is a "shared responsibility of all stakeholders."

VA CTO Peter Levin resigns

On the heels of CIO Roger Baker's resignation last week, Chief Technology Officer Peter Levin told  FedScoop  this week that he, too, will resign, effective March 1.

Hospital CIOs: Groundwork must be laid for future health IT endeavors

While most healthcare CIOs recently interviewed about their challenges and concerns by consulting firm Deloitte said that they were comfortable with their organization's preparedness regarding ICD-10 and Meaningful Use efforts, they also said that foundational ground work regarding security and optimization of systems is needed to move forward on future endeavors.

Panel: HIE success contingent on recognition of data value

Coming to grips with electronic health record incompatibility and determining which patient data represents the most value to providers are among several best practices a recently convened panel of health IT experts said could improve health information exchange efforts.

Astronomy software speeds up cancer research

Image-analysis software designed to help astronomers pick out indistinct objects in the night sky has proven adept at flagging biomarkers of aggressive breast cancer, according to scientists at the University of Cambridge.

Online ratings do play role in doctor selection

When it comes to selecting a pediatrician, most parents favor word-of-mouth recommendations to help guide their choice, according to new research.  However, online patient reviews or ratings play a smaller yet significant role in parents' selection process as well--and will likely increase in the future.