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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
April 17, 2009, 8:57 am
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Installment #15:

RUSS CUCINA, 37, lives a double life. For two months of the year, he practices internal medicine, treating patients at the UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. The rest of the year, he helps the hospital develop its electronic medical records and other data systems.

A year ago, she switched her 3,000 patients from paper charts to electronic health records, a core feature of most plans for healing the nation’s ailing health system. Now, working with computers and printouts, her staff of part-time nurses and shared front-office workers has more time to help her meet the needs of patients. “I’ll never go back to the old system,” said Dr. Brull, 37, who runs a solo practice in Plainville, Kan.

According to the survey, 64 percent of the CIOs say it’s impossible to balance the demand for health information technology with the need to cut costs, and half of the CIOs who preside over hospitals with at least 500 beds say federal funding is “crucial” to the implementation of EHRs.

The survey found that while only 9% of consumers surveyed have an electronic personal health record, 42% of respondents are interested in creating an online PHR that connects to their physicians.

Express Scripts Inc., one of the country’s largest pharmacy-benefits managers, said it saw prices rise more than 10% to 15% between the 2008 first quarter and this year’s first quarter.

New figures indicate drug reps don’t get in the door to see a doctor on 13% of their visits.

The American Medical Association launched a Twitter profile on April 1 as a way to keep physicians informed on important issues.

Only 40 venture capital firms in the U.S. raised money in the first quarter, the lowest level in six years. That was nearly half the number of firms raising money in the first quarter of 2008 and nearly 15 percent fewer than firms raising money in the final quarter of last year. Fundraising for venture capital firms nationwide came in at $4.3 billion.

EB Brands is voluntarily recalling fitness balls after receiving 47 reports of balls “unexpectedly bursting, including reports of a fracture, and multiple bruises.” (Yikes. I used to sit on one of these in my cubicle. An unexpected bursting would have been quite embarrassing.)

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