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August 21, 2014
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Critical access hospital offers lessons on achieving stage 2 MU
Cottage Hospital, a critical access hospital on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, is among a handful of facilities that achieved stage 2 meaningful use during the first quarter of this year. The keys to its success were having support from the hospital's top management as well as partnering with a committed EHR vendor, this article says. The hospital also made sure to follow strict timelines and worked to get buy-in from clinicians. Healthcare IT News (8/19)
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Ed Marx comments on what it takes to achieve stage 2 MU
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
Ed Marx, SVP and CIO, Texas Health Resources
We can learn much about achieving meaningful use stage 2 from Cottage Hospital, a critical care access hospital that straddles New Hampshire and Vermont. It is clear that their success was predicated upon engagement from hospital leadership.

Achieving MU was not seen as an IT responsibility, but rather as a focused effort embraced by the clinical and administrative staff. Like all of us, they struggled with their vendor preparedness and with fine-tuning work flow and other processes, but they did not use those barriers as excuses. They set the vision for MU2 attainment and pursued it until they were successful.

Too often, we waste energy complaining about the requirements, our vendors or staff who are reluctant to engage and modify work flow. If we can repurpose that energy as Cottage Hospital did, we would find our time and resources more efficiently and effectively spent, ultimately achieving MU2 ourselves. I applaud Cottage Hospital's leadership for their focus and tenacity while setting an example for all of us to follow.
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Strategy & Leadership
Cybersecurity risk management guide available for hospitals
A new guide released by the American Hospital Association examines the responsibilities of hospital and health system boards in cybersecurity response and risk management. Included in the guide are questions that AHA recommends boards should put to hospital leaders to improve their cybersecurity protocols. (8/19)
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Technology Spotlight
Docs see value and challenges from HIE adoption, report says
Data from the ONC's National Health Information Exchange and Interoperability Landscape report found 25% of physicians said that health information exchanges raise their practice's liabilities, while 64% said HIEs need multiple systems or portals. However, 80% said HIE adoption bolsters practice efficiency, and 89% cited improvements in care quality. (8/19)
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Technology boosts communication among clinicians
A centralized clinical communication tool was designed by Listrunner to enhance communication among providers in hospitals by enabling physicians to easily access encrypted clinical information in real time and securely share it with other doctors and nurses. The company plans to use the $500,000 seed funding it raised to continue developing and testing the platform. VentureBeat (8/18)
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Management & Operation
Expert cites potential, obstacles associated with ACOs
The accountable care organization model holds great promise to transform the U.S. health care system, but obstacles to realizing the full potential of the model include changing an entrenched payment system grounded in treating sickness rather than promoting wellness; determining appropriate staffing levels; investing in interoperable technology; and establishing a framework for physician input and leadership, writes Robert Pearl, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. Forbes (8/14)
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Health groups have access to EHR quality assurance kit
AHIMA and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity have developed a toolkit designed to provide health care organizations with resources to implement EHR documentation quality assurance programs. The toolkit features measurement, reporting and documentation standards. Clinical Innovation + Technology online (8/18)
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Regulatory & Legislative
AHRQ study ties fewer adverse events to MU drug measures
A study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality revealed hospitals that adopted meaningful use medication management strategies, including computerized provider order entry technology, achieved a 52% reduction in adverse drug events, compared with a 14% increase at facilities where medical teams were resistant. Implementing the technology also helped cut patient safety errors by more than a third, researchers found. EHR Intelligence (8/18)
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Agencies unveil Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge
The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge was unveiled by HHS and the CDC on Wednesday to identify providers that are leveraging health IT to boost the heart health and blood pressure control. Submissions should include the prevalence of hypertension in the practice or health system and discuss technology used to improve blood pressure control rates. Each of the 20 winners will receive a cash award amounting to $2,000. Health Data Management (8/20)
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Key topics for the CHIME LEAD Forum on HIT cybersecurity
Safeguarding and securing health care information is no easy task. The upcoming CHIME LEAD Forum, planned in collaboration with the Institute for Health Technology Transformation, will cover the following topics: why cybersecurity is crucial in protecting an organization’s assets; leading trends, issues and challenges; key components to a cybersecurity strategy; and case examples. The Forum will be held Sept. 15 in the McGraw-Hill Conference Center, New York, and is designed for CIOs and information security executives. Get more information.
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Get important guidance as a CIO leader at the CHIME14 Fall Forum
Keynote sessions provide knowledge and inspiration for leading an organization. The CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum will provide both, with the following scheduled keynote speakers:
  • Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation;
  • Glenn Steele Jr., M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Geisinger Health System; and
  • Diana Nyad, record-setting long-distance swimmer.
Get more information.
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