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Intel to pilot gesture-based EHR at Intermountain



Intel Corp. and Utah hospital system Intermountain Healthcare are planning to test a system allowing clinicians to interact with electronic health records using gestures, Alice Borrelli, Intel's director of global health and workplace policy, revealed at a health IT event Wednesday.

Patients: Partners, clients or consumers?



Patients are more frequently being called consumers, partners and clients as healthcare providers focus attention on experience and satisfaction. But in a Dec. 13 blog post some clinicians suggested a downside of using these descriptions, saying the terms don't capture the complexity of the...

Medicaid expansion decisions have disproportionate impact on blacks



African-Americans are disproportionately affected by states opting not to expand Medicaid, according to an analysis released by the Urban Institute.

Price of an echocardiogram machine isn't a mystery



Readers of this morning’s New York Times story on the wildly varying charges levied for routine echocardiograms may have been left with the erroneous impression that it is nearly impossible to learn the price of cardiac ultrasound machines. Not so.

Obama uses popular TV, radio to pitch HealthCare.gov to Generation X



President Barack Obama pitched HealthCare.gov in interviews with three seemingly unusual outlets on Friday—a hip hop radio station in Raleigh, N.C., a sports radio show and a morning talk show led by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. But it's not the first time the president has used...

Congress opts to pass the salt to America's school children



Last-minute congressional budget bills are normally Christmas tree measures full of goodies for all sorts of special interests. The budget measure Congress approved this weekend was no exception. In it, the food industry and local school districts got a special gift that likely will impact the...

VA study shows problems with health record usage, points to some positives



The use of personal health records by veterans remains low, paralleling the experience of the private healthcare sector. Only 30% of veterans had registered for the VA's patient portal and only 17% had authenticated their identity, giving them access to their health data and other functions as of...

Antibiotic-resistant bug battle wins bipartisan support in Congress



A bill surfaced in the final days of the current Congress with bipartisan support to ease regulatory requirements to get drugs that treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria approved, and it is expected to also be considered by the new Congress in January.

The trail of shorter workweeks traces back to Dr. Jeff Levy in 1987



The legacy of Dr. Jeff Levy and novelist Sidney Zion is evident in two studies on resident work hours in the Dec. 10 issue of JAMA. The studies compare 30-day mortality and readmission rates before and after new restrictions on resident work hours were imposed by the Accreditation Council for...

Expected pickup in healthcare spending may be here



The moderate pace of growth in U.S. healthcare spending that has confounded expectations as millions gained insurance this year may finally be giving way to more robust spending.

Duty-hour limits for residents may not improve safety or test scores



New limits on medical resident workhours implemented in 2011 appear to have had no effect on patient deaths or serious complications, according to two new studies published in JAMA.

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Who cares what Gruber says about Obamacare?



Before Obamacare foes made a big deal about consultant Jonathan Gruber's videotaped statement that Democrats capitalized on “the stupidity of the American voter” to win passage of the healthcare reform law, they made a big deal about his videotaped comment about who would and would not...

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