But will anyone in a democratic society admit to this agenda? Who's going to tell a fat lady they must die because their cancer is their own fault. Who's going to tell that to a smoker, or a sedentary couch potato?
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Do you call your patients, have a computer do it, or trust to luck?
Healthcare institutions stand to lose millions annually if they continue to operate at the current levels of quality control. The announcement means that hospitals must adopt some level of information technology to help track, document and report on the condition of patients throughout their stay.
News reports on Silhouette Mobile, a new wound imaging system from ARANZ Medical of New Zealand, are all about how the technology is the same as that used to bring characters like Gollum to life in "Lord of the Rings."
So, doctor. You have a limited capital budget. Are you spending it on equipment which makes you money or on equipment which saves other people money?
This contradictory drive to both communicate and protect, to enable and control, is at the heart of every hospital IT manager's job today.
While doctors are struggling for medical power with hospitals and insurance carriers on the one side, they're also struggling for power with patients on the other.
Should we mend HIPAA, end HIPAA, or leave things are they are?
Using computer technology to make radiation a valid treatment option for more patients may be one of the best cancer news stories of 2007.
Intuitive Surgical of Sunnyvale, Calif. has proven the market. Competition for that market will now start to grow.