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Quality Matters

January 1, 2007
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Having stakeholders united as never before bodes well for 2007 healthcare IT projects

Provider executives are reporting high levels of participation in quality improvement programs such as Total Quality Management and Six Sigma, but just what are these leaders really discovering on their quest to improve care delivery? Find out what is going on behind the scenes in “Methods to the Madness,” page 30.

Consumer-driven healthcare is helping employers do more than just toy with the idea of how to pass increasing healthcare costs onto their employees. But what does that mean for providers? Will they need to rethink their approach in dealing with consumer demands, and how will that translate into making the grade and getting paid? Read all about it in “Buying Power,” page 35.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual show (HIMSS07) is coming to a town devastated by Hurricane Katrina. As such, it seems only fitting that there will be a host of presentations on healthcare IT lessons learned from the Gulf Coast tragedy. Find out more about the new pre-conference symposium, the return of the interoperability showcase, and New Orleans-specific challenges faced by HIMSS staffers in “HIMSS Around the Corner,” page 14.

With more than 60,000 attendees and hundreds of scientific sessions, this year's annual Radiological Society of North American (RSNA) was no small event. Held in Chicago, the RSNA show was the place to be to discover the latest and greatest in financing and integrating workstations for radiology information systems and picture archiving and communication systems. Check out a snapshot of what went on inside the healthcare show in “RSNA Rising,” page 16.