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February 21, 2013
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  • Business and ethical standards help GPOs promote innovation
    The promotion of technology and innovation is one of the top priorities of group purchasing organizations, according to a report released by the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative. The report also indicated that GPOs boost their transparency in the bidding and awards process, as well as their innovation, by keeping up high business and ethical standards. Healthcare IT News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on ethical standards in HIT
    While the author identifies the promotion of innovation and technology as a key priority of group purchasing organizations (GPOs), the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII) experience parallels more broadly the issues we struggle with in the IT product space. While HGPII is a voluntary organization, its formation was as voluntary as my decision to file a tax return by April 15. HGPII was created in 2005 in response to congressional scrutiny over GPO contracting processes that appeared to favor established products over innovation.

    EHR vendors are often cited for preferential arrangements with companion IT and medical device product sellers, limiting innovative opportunities for competing products. Some vendors have been similarly reproached for their hesitation in connecting with competing EHRs and otherwise supporting HIE standards, and stage 2 meaningful use requirements address this reluctance directly. The reluctance of our vendors to embrace standards and more fully open their systems is positioned, fortunately, as a competitive rather than an ethical challenge. This is unlike the stance taken recently by HHS Secretary Sebelius that improved clinical documentation resulting in higher DRG assignments could constitute fraud.

    We frequently find ourselves in gray areas as we do the best for our patients and our organizations. The many dimensions of health reform, with value-based purchasing, meaningful use and clinical documentation driving billing codes, have significantly increased the financial risks of our good work. As we continue to demonstrate high ethical standards in all our good work, perhaps Secretary Sebelius will avoid further inflammatory remarks. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • Top 10 tech trends for health care leaders to watch this year
    An ECRI Institute report finds accountable care organizations and balancing the costs and savings for advanced technologies are some of the issues facing industry executives today. The report also identified the top 10 technology issues that C-suite executives should watch out for this year, including EHRs, mobile health and alarm integration tools. Healthcare IT News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report recognizes top U.S. hospitals, cities for patient care
    Healthgrades has released this year's list of the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. as well as the leading cities for patient care according to in-hospital mortality rates. As many as 165,000 lives could have been saved if all facilities examined in the report demonstrated performance similar to that of the top hospitals, report officials said. Healthcare IT News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Real-time location systems gather steam in health care
    Real-time location systems are gaining traction in health care, with a global market value of $325 million, according to a presentation at a Stanford Business forum. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a $543 million contract to deploy RTLS and RFID in 152 medical centers to track medical and surgical equipment and supplies. Despite the technology's appeal, however, one expert suggests that health groups identify a clear return on investment before deploying RTLS or mobile health tools. Government Health IT online (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Larger health care institutions see Big Data as a plus, survey finds
    The use of Big Data analytics in health care has the potential to change personalized care, medical research and population health management, Ken Terry writes. An InformationWeek survey found that larger providers see advantages in Big Data, while smaller organizations are weighing the benefits. Large organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of California are partnering with Big Data vendors to personalize care and improve efficiency. InformationWeek (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some providers might switch EHR vendors by year's end
    A Black Book Rankings survey of about 17,000 physician practices that actively use EHRs finds up to 17% are considering switching vendors by year's end as more EHR systems fail to meet providers' expectations. The incentives for meaningful use also "created an artificial market for dozens of immature EHR products," Black Book official Doug Brown said. Government Health IT online (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • VA, DoD to explain decision to end integrated EHR project at hearing
    A hearing will be conducted by the House Veterans' Affairs Committee on Feb. 27 regarding the decision of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Defense Department to end their plans to create an integrated EHR. The agencies' previous efforts to use separate systems to create a universal EHR didn't work, said Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and it seems "they are repeating past mistakes." NextGov/What's Brewin' blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • CHIME online-only membership for small hospitals
    There is nothing small about the IT needs of a small hospital. To better support CIOs and other senior health care IT leaders at small and rural hospitals, CHIME is now offering online-only membership to the highest-ranking IT executive employed at hospitals with 125 or fewer beds (or facilities with less than $75 million in annual revenue) at the reduced rate of $99 per year. Join CHIME online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learn about the Certified Healthcare CIO Program at HIMSS13, Booth 1
    Current CHIME Certified Healthcare CIOs who helped develop the CHCIO examination will be at the CHIME booth during HIMSS13 to talk to interested people about applying to the program and preparing for the exam. CHCIOs will be available on Tuesday, March 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, March 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The CHIME booth is located in the collaborator booth section in Lobby G, outside the exhibit hall floor entrance. Learn more about the CHCIO Program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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