EHR rollout at Neb. hospital detailed in CHIME case study | CHIME honors Tenet Healthcare exec for policy leadership | Federal CIO to help USAID in fight against Ebola outbreak
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September 23, 2014
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EHR rollout at Neb. hospital detailed in CHIME case study
Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Nebraska, successfully rolled out its EHR technology in July 2011. Cheryl Cassiday, the hospital's nursing director, attributes this to months of preparation and having the future users of the system design it. "We did a lot to prepare and teach staff, physicians and other providers," she said. The hospital's challenges and successes in switching to EHRs were detailed in a CHIME case study. Health Data Management (9/19)
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Strategy & Leadership
CHIME honors Tenet Healthcare exec for policy leadership
CHIME has given this year's Federal Public Policy Award for CIO Leadership to Liz Johnson, chief clinical informaticist and vice president of applied clinical informatics at Texas-based Tenet Healthcare. The annual award acknowledges a CHIME member who demonstrates policy leadership in areas such as testifying before congressional or federal panels and educating policymakers about the importance of health IT. (9/19)
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Federal CIO to help USAID in fight against Ebola outbreak
U.S. Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel will be working with the U.S. Agency for International Development to address the Ebola crisis. He will help the agency leverage technologies such as mobile platforms to gather and analyze real-time data that could be used to stop the outbreak. The Hill (9/19)
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Technology Spotlight
Survey: Health IT salaries remain higher than average
The findings of a survey by showed the health IT field still offers above-average salaries depending on professionals' location, gender and experience. The survey revealed that health IT consulting firms offer the highest salaries, with an average of $109,715.42. The survey also showed there is a gender pay gap, with women receiving average pay of $82,036.39, compared with men who have an average salary of $99,566.68. Healthcare IT News (9/19)
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Management & Operation
ONC: HIT extension centers helping more than 150K providers with MU adoption
The ONC announced that regional extension centers surpassed their goal of helping more than 100,000 underserved and primary care providers meet the requirements for stage 1 meaningful use. According to the agency, the 62 centers established under the HITECH Act are assisting more than 150,000 providers, 91% of whom have adopted EHRs. Health Data Management (9/18)
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Ark. hospital asked to return $900K in MU payments
Monticello, Ark.-based Drew Memorial Hospital is being urged by the CMS to return $900,000 in meaningful use incentive payments. A government audit found that the provider failed to perform a risk assessment for fiscal year 2011-2012, which is a requirement for stage 1 MU. The hospital admitted that it didn't perform a risk assessment for that fiscal year, but it plans to appeal the auditor findings. EHR Intelligence (9/19)
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Regulatory & Legislative
House bill calls for flexibility in stage 2 MU attestation
A bill to give providers more flexibility in meeting stage 2 meaningful use requirements was introduced by Reps. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Jim Matheson, D-Utah. In addition to shortening the attestation period from 365 days to 90 days, the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act allows participants to choose any quarter next year as their reporting period. (9/17)
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ONC announces further leadership shuffle
Alicia Morton, who most recently served as the ONC Office of Science & Technology's senior adviser, has been tapped to succeed Carol Bean as director of the agency's HIT certification initiative. Meanwhile, Dr. Doug Fridsma is stepping down as the ONC's chief science officer to join the American Medical Informatics Association as president and CEO. Health Data Management (9/19), Health Data Management (9/22)
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Market Focus
Round-the-clock telehealth program introduced at UCLA
A round-the-clock telemedicine initiative was recently launched by the UCLA Health System for non-emergency medical concerns. The service is a covered benefit for members of Anthem Blue Cross and allows them to use personal devices such as tablets and cellphones to have virtual consultations with doctors through the LiveHealth Online platform. (9/19)
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Thinking about becoming a Certified Healthcare CIO?
The next in-person CHCIO exam will be held in conjunction with the CHIME14 Fall CIO Forum on Monday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. Candidates must register to take the exam. Get more information.
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New security organization launches; recommend your CSO today!
CHIME's new association for CSOs -- the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security (AEHIS) -- is now ready to accept member applications. AEHIS will provide many of the same benefits to its members as CIOs enjoy in CHIME. AEHIS membership is intended for chief security officers (or the highest-ranking security executives) of health care provider and payer organizations. Those who apply and are accepted before Dec. 31 will be recognized as an AEHIS founding member and will receive a one-year complimentary membership. Applicants may join using this link:
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