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Nine Tech Trends

The time has come again to pause and consider the direction--or directions--in which the healthcare IT industry is drifting. Two years ago, trends were still being influenced heavily by monumental global events as well as by the impact of HIPAA deadlines and skidding revenues. Last year, we saw an industry demanding IT integration during a time of economic rebuilding. This year, a new sense of vigor suffuses the industry, supplied in large measure by strong pushes from the Bush administration. Much of the conversation now pivots on the place of importance that the electronic health record (EHR) eventually will assume. .

In the following pages, you'll find the nine trends we believe are most significant for you, our readers. Among the key developments discussed are the state of the EHR, the bar coding and newly emerging radio frequency identification technologies, disease management, emergency preparedness, telehealth and the government's push to establish regional health information organizations.

Read the full forecast at Healthcare Informatics

Why we must invest in Electronic Medical Records by W. Frist

At a Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center just a few miles from my office in the United States Capitol, visitors can see the future of American medicine. Sitting at an ordinary desktop computer, Dr. Ned Evans hits a few keys on the keyboard and clicks his mouse a few times. Sample patient data spill out: X-ray images, lab notes and blood-pressure numbers. "Everything I might want, everything I need, I can see right here," he says. "It's a seamless part of life. It lets me do just about everything better."

read more at the San Francisco Chronicle

Opening Health Care's Info Arteries

The key to better care is one standard for medical info, from doctors' offices to corporate giants. That demands a new level of cooperation Few will argue with the premise that innovation helps drive growth in the economy. And most people would agree that innovation isn't something one can pull off a shelf. To stimulate it, we must foster a climate in which new ideas can thrive. Defining that ideal climate and then figuring out how to create it, however, is no easy task -- especially since the very nature of innovation is changing as we advance in this new century.

Given the complexity of our most pressing societal problems and the diversity of skills and resources required to solve them, innovation will increasingly require collaboration on a broader scale then ever before and draw upon the brightest and most creative minds across industry, government, and academia.

LESSONS FROM LINUX. Because innovation transcends the invention of new technologies -- it's the application of these technologies to some useful purpose -- it will require collaboration among creators of technology, those with the skills to apply it, and the beneficiaries of the innovation.

- read entire article at Business Week Online

Medical Records Institute Announces
Health IT IQ Test

MRI is pleased to announce the Health IT IQ (HITIQ) Test, designed to test vendors’ knowledge about the complex world of EHRs and Health Information technology solutions. The test is available free of charge and is located at the MRI website, medrecinst.com/quiz/HITIQ/hitiq.asp

“This is a fun way for HIT vendors to check their knowledge and challenge their peers,” states C. Peter Waegemann, CEO of MRI. “We are working on a similar test for healthcare practitioners that will be released in Fall 2005.”

- read entire story at Biohealthmatics.com

Design Corner

XHTML : Web Coding for Refined Design

June KaminskiHTML Highlights Series:
Part 4 HTML Versions

by June Kaminski


XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 stand for EXtensible HyperText Markup Language and represent a giant leap forward from HTML 4.0. They combine the best of HTML 4.0 with XML to give the designer a more sophisticated coding schema for refined and more decisive web design.

The W3C, parents of all the HTML languages, described XHTML 1.0 as "the first major change to HTML since HTML 4.0 was released in 1997. It brings the rigor of XML to Web pages and is the keystone in W3C's work to create standards that provide richer Web pages on an ever increasing range of browser platforms including cell phones, televisions, cars, wallet sized wireless communicators, kiosks, and desktops."

XHTML Variations

Three distinct types of XHTML are available to meet the needs of all web designers. These include Strict, Transitional and Frameset XHTML.

XHTML 1.0 Strict - the purest form for experienced web designers. This versions allows you to create squeaky clean code, without having to insert layout code (font, color, layout) throughout your document. Instead, you incorporate Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) code at the beginning.

XHTML 1.0 Transitional - a middle of the road code format to help designers who need time to learn this new means of coding, or wish to accommodate viewers who still use older web browsers. Style sheets are used but good old HTML code is also incorporated. For instance the body tag still includes the bgcolor, text, links, vlinks attributes.

XHTML 1.0 Frameset - this variation is self explanatory - you use it when you want to incorporate XHTML into a frame based document.

Still another more advanced version, XHTML 1.1 allows modular code to be added for international and other special coding needs. RUBY modules are incorporated in order to facilitate this extra coding. The single most significant change in XHTML 1.1 is the uncoupling of data from presentation. Formatting is no longer embedded with data and can only be achieved by referencing Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This leaves data available for easy parsing and reuse by a wide range of new non-desktop products and accessibility applications.

   - read entire article

This is the fourth article in a series of five on the critical topic of HTML for designers. The series will look at the importance of mastering HTML, & review HTML v 3.2 & 4.0 plus XHTML and DHTML. Pt. 5 coming in the next issue.

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