Exec: Health IT pay gap remains, but some studies show progress | Ed Marx comments on the wage gap in health IT | COO: Rising security threats should prompt creation of business continuity plans
May 19, 2016
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Exec: Health IT pay gap remains, but some studies show progress
Income disparities continue between men and women in health care IT, with a HIMSS study showing that females in health IT earned nearly 25% less on average than males and needed an average of 15 years to close the gap in executive pay, Jennifer Joe said during Health Data Management's Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT conference. However, a Rock Health study, which showed an improvement in funding for female innovators, suggests narrowing disparities, said Joe, who is editor-in-chief of MedTech Boston and founder of Medstro.com.
Health Data Management (5/17) 
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Ed Marx comments on the wage gap in health IT
Ed Marx
(Ed Marx, NYC HHC IT leadership team)
I know this is a delicate topic, but we need to continue to talk about it and lead change. The fact that pay disparities continue to exist between male and female workers of equal backgrounds boggles the mind. A recent study released by HIMSS proves statistically that women are paid materially less than male counterparts in the same positions. There may be some rationale why this is so, but it does not justify the gap.

The good news is the gap is closing, but not quickly enough. The great news is this is something we IT leaders can affect directly! Sometimes the issues we deal with are difficult to influence because they are a creation of government politics or policies out of our control or perhaps an unattainable budget number. But not this! We must lead the charge to close this gap by starting with our own organizations. Take action. Work with human resources and have them complete an analysis. When you see gaps, actively close them. It is the right thing to do. Equally qualified and high-performing people, regardless of gender, should receive similar pay.
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Strategy & Leadership
COO: Rising security threats should prompt creation of business continuity plans
Health care IT executives should create and manage three integrated business continuity phases, which include disaster recovery planning, business continuity planning and emergency operations planning, amid increasing cybersecurity threats, writes Frank Picarello, chief operating officer of TeamLogic IT. Having a solid business continuity plan allows health organizations to quickly resume normal operations and experience minimal impact in cost and quality of care in the event of data theft, Picarello writes.
Health Data Management (5/18) 
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Technology Spotlight
Rollout of new VA EHR platform approaches
Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs expect to implement the Enterprise Health Management Platform, a Web-based modular EHR platform, at all VA facilities by the end of this summer to improve interoperability within the VA and between the agency and the Defense Department. The VA hopes the new platform will fully replace the agency's view-only Computerized Patient Record System by the end of 2018, said David Waltman, chief information strategy officer at the VA's Veterans Health Administration.
Federal Computer Week (5/17) 
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Management & Operation
N.Y. medical center reaches Stage 7 in HIMSS EMRAM
The 383-bed Orange Regional Medical Center has reached Stage 7 in HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model. The Middletown, N.Y.-based academic medical center has implemented a predictive clinical decision support algorithm directly into its EHR system to assist physicians in insulin dosing.
Healthcare IT News (5/17) 
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Regulatory & Legislative
ONC issues legislative proposals to support use of data analytics in health care
Several pieces of legislation to promote data standards and big data analytics for health information exchange and interoperability were unveiled by National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and ONC Chief Operating Officer Lisa Lewis. The legislative proposals focus on the elimination of health information blocking, interoperability of health care data between different technologies, increased health care technology transparency, and sharing of best practices to help improve patient experience, hospital safety and hospital quality.
Health IT Analytics (5/17) 
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ONC API task force recommendations gain committees' OK
Recommendations from the ONC's application programming interface task force were approved by two advisory committees in a 13-10 vote Tuesday. The recommendations include creating an API strategy, evaluating the feasibility of a "single, simple, comprehensive oversight framework mechanism that would address the needs of the patient-directed API ecosystem" and working with agencies in implementing "privacy literacy" with patients, as well as encouraging the adoption of a voluntary code of conduct and supporting a model privacy notice among app developers.
FierceEMR (5/17) 
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CMS to provide $5B for updating Medicaid management information systems
The CMS will invest $5 billion for the development of new systems that would replace the current Medicaid management information systems used in most US states. Vendors Optum Government Solutions, TriZetto and Medecision will upgrade the functions of the existing MMIS systems.
Health Data Management (5/17) 
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Market Focus
Report examines telehealth use across provider categories
Seventy-two percent of hospitals use telehealth, compared with 52% of physician groups and clinics and 36% of other providers, finds a survey from Avizia. Researchers also found that 38% of health care executives want telehealth options that could be integrated into their existing EHR systems. Barriers to telehealth adoption include clinician resistance, infrastructure investment, reimbursement concerns, credentialing and workflow design.
BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/17) 
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CHIME News
Health Information Executive's Guide to Cybersecurity
Safeguarding and securing cyberspace is critical as we increase our reliance on technology. Effective cybersecurity is crucial as threats and cyberattacks continue to rise and more advanced technology is deployed. The forum is designed for CIOs and information security executives who are working to ensure their organizations' valued data assets and technology are protected before a cyberattack occurs. The forum explores cybersecurity challenges, cybersecurity strategies, the latest trends, health care-focused solutions and lessons from the field. There are six more forums slated for 2016 across the country. Learn more.
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CMIO Boot Camp: Get your hands dirty
The CMIO role in today's health care organization has never been more challenging. To better equip physician leaders filling this important position, CHIME and AMDIS will co-host the 3rd Annual CMIO Boot Camp June 19-21 in Ojai, Calif. Designed for physicians currently in CMIO or associate CMIO positions who are seeking to take their roles to the next level, this in-depth curriculum is modeled on CHIME's successful Healthcare CIO Boot Camp program. This program's leadership content is specifically tailored for CMIOs to gain the real-world skills necessary for today's successful physician leaders. Learn more.
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