Survey: HIPAA Compliance Drops, Patient Concerns Grow
IT compliance officers are trying to comply with health care privacy regulations, but they're not getting the resources needed, AHIMA says.
Microsoft Prescribes Digital Pharma Framework
At the Pharmaceutical Technology Congress this week in Philadelphia, Microsoft
announced a full-scale strategy for addressing the IT needs of the pharmaceutical
industry. Microsoft originally launched its health care and life sciences
group ten years ago.
"Microsoft has stepped up and said we think we can have impact in
the pharmaceutical industry," said Microsoft Enterprise Sales and
Industry Strategist Paul Mattes. "Microsoft is not dipping into it
in a transient way."
Health Tech Advance Can Lead to Errors
Computerized systems that reduce certain medication errors increase the
risk of others, concludes a study published Wednesday in the Journal of
the American Medical Association.
CPOE (computerized physician order entry) is widely hailed as an important
solution for reducing medical errors. However, the study, led by Ross
Koppel at the University of Pennsylvania, listed over twenty ways that
CPOE made medical errors more likely to happen. In particular, medicines
could be ordered for the wrong patient, sent to the wrong place, or delayed
for more than 24 hours.