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January 1, 2006
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ISMP Cheers Awards

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), Huntingdon Valley, Pa., has bestowed its annual Cheers Awards on the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, Denver; CLARION: Students Building a Better Healthcare System Together, Minneapolis; Patient Safety Rounds Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Fostoria Community Hospital, Fostoria, Ohio; John Gosbee, M.D., M.S., director of patient safety systems at the National Center for Patient Safety, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Baltimore; Joanne Kowiatek, R.Ph., manager of medication safety at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh; David Marx, J.D., president of Outcome Engineering LLC, Plano, Texas; St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis; Target Corp., Minneapolis; and Lorri Zipperer, cybrarian at Zipperer Project Management, Evanston, Ill. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Herbert S. Carlin, vice president of Pharmaceutical Management Insight, Inc. for his work in influencing the safe naming and labeling of drugs. The Medication Safety Alert! Subscriber Award was given to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland.

The awards were given Dec. 6 during the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas.

Doctors define the ideal eDetail

Physicians say the best eDetail would be short (less than five minutes), available 24/7, contain fresh information, offer interactive or self-guided education and include an incentive, according to a study by Manhattan Research, New York.

In 2005, 246,000 doctors have participated in eDetailing, up from 141,000 doctors in 2002, according to "Electronic Detailing: Trends in Adoption and Use of Web-based Applications."

Doctors were polled about their attitudes, preferences and use of eDetailing for more than 45 large drug companies. For highlights of the study, "Electronic Detailing at a Glance," visit

National Consumer Health Privacy Survey results show consumer concern

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Oakland, Calif., has released a follow-up study to its 1999 survey of how consumers view, manage and safeguard their personal health information. The follow-up study aimed to evaluate how Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy notices, healthcare IT and recent patient data privacy breaches have affected consumers’ attitudes and behaviors.

Key findings include:

  • Consumers remain concerned about the privacy of their healthcare data.
  • Recent privacy breaches have made consumers even more concerned.
  • Employee concern about the misuse of medical claim information has risen dramatically.
  • Consumers are unaware of HIPAA protections or their privacy rights.
  • Privacy-protective behaviors persist.
  • Consumers are willing to share their personal medical information in return for specific benefits.

The results come from a survey of 1,000 consumers nationwide and another 1,000 in California by CHCF in collaboration with Forrester Research, Cambridge, Mass. For more results and recommendations for stakeholders, visit

HL7 selects new board members

Health Level Seven Inc. (HL7), Ann Arbor, Mich., has named new board members to its board of directors. The new additions include Bill Braithwaite, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, eHealth Initiative, Washington, D.C., as treasurer; Hans Buitendijk, product manager, Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services, Malvern, Pa., as director-at-large; Linda Fischetti, R.N., M.S., management analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C., as director-at-large; Dan Russler, M.D., vice president of clinical technology, McKesson Provider Technologies, San Francisco, as director-at-large; Klaus Veil, chair of HL7 Australia, as director-at-large; and Kai Heitmann, M.D., chair of HL7 Germany, as international representative.

Books: Recent release

Medical Practice Transformation with Information Technology,
by Charles M. Kilo, M.D., Ph.D. and Mark Leavitt, M.D., Ph.D., Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), 2005;; $60 ($75 for nonmembers)

Hospital Case Studies in EMR/CPOE Success,
National Health Information Resource Library, 2005;; $99