The September 2006 issue of Health Management Technology has a nice article titled Preparing for Interoperability: EHRs and the Law, which explans the changes to Stark and Anti-kickback laws. I believe it will all come down to how well the donating organization can document that the free or below market rate of the hardware or software will increase patient safety and quality by promoting the electronic exchange of health information in the community -- interoperability!
A couple of weeks ago I received a gold Fleur de lis(French for Iris)pendant from my sister in Metairie. She had bought one for herself and liked it so much she got one for me. Lately I've been looking for some decorative iron work for my outside patio with a Fleur de lis, so this was a welcomed surprise!
The Fleur de lis is the symbol of New Orleans and the Saints football team! As you may already know, on Monday evening the Saints will be playing football in the Superdome for the first time since the Friday before hurricane Katrina! So join me and the rest of the world in celebrating this step in the rebirth of Southern Louisiana and the New Orleans Area by watching Monday Night Football. I'm sure this game against the Falcons is not to be missed!
Yesterday, our CNO, Cyndie Cole, gave me a copy of an article titled Mission: Possible in Advance for Nurses, so of course I have to post it on my blog! Not because it is about my hospital, but because it is also about why I accepted my new position.
As I continue to meet new coworkers (we have about 1200) I'm constantly told, "I have been here for xx years" and:
A statistical brief on antibiotics and children reports that about 14 percent of U.S. children visit a health professional at least once a year for serious sore throat, and over two-thirds of these are prescribed antibiotics. Roughly one of every five children prescribed an antibiotic did not receive a throat swab to confirm a bacterial infection.
So you ask, why is this important. Well, now that I am back in the hospital on a daily basis, I'm hearing about the many cases of people who have built up resistance to antibiotics. At some point, they may run out of choices. So, parents - talk with your physician and be careful about the use of antibiotics!
One of my RHIO friends Bruce Merlin Fried has a wonderful commentary in iHealthBeat. He asks which way we should go and I say "onward ho"!We need to continue to collaboratein our local, state and national communities and resist the urge to compete to the detriment of one another. We are stronger in numbers and that which does not kill you, only makes you stronger!
The current issue of Hospital & Health Networks had an article on Rural IT. Since I'm planning to head down to Little Rock for the Rural Telecon I thought I would share the resources for funding rural IT projects listed in the article(s).
State Offices of Rural Health: Search for the one in your state
It has been over a week since I had a chance to post, because as moms sometimes must, I'm dealing with the fact that my childcare provider is no longer available and I'm scrambling to paste something together for the interim until I can identify a more permanent plan. This isn't the first time I've had to scramble, but it has been a while.
As I see it... this is just a pothole on the freeway of a working mom's life!