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November 6, 2012
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  Top Story 
  • ONC creates online database to recruit workgroup members
    The ONC has created the HIT Federal Advisory Committee Workgroup Application Database, which the agency will use to recruit "highly qualified" members for the Federal Advisory Committees' work groups. Individuals with expertise or interest in various health IT areas can use the online database to post their information for future work group membership consideration, according to a Federal Register notice. Healthcare IT News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Hospital Help Desk you can depend on.
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • CHIME seeks new president, CEO
    CHIME is searching for an executive who has served as a CIO to be its new CEO and president and lead future organizational growth. "With the tremendous attention now on HIT, it is certain to be timely and beneficial for CHIME to add an experienced CIO to serve in the role of CHIME's ambassador to the health care industry," said current President and CEO Rich Correll, who will become CHIME's chief operating officer. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Key ICD-10 questions to discuss with EHR vendors
    Organizations looking to adopt EHRs should ask their vendors questions such as whether the system will be able to support the ICD-10 code sets and whether ICD-10 training and customer assistance will be covered in the contract. Meanwhile, those that already have an EHR should ask their vendors questions such as whether the system will be ready for ICD-10 next year to facilitate testing. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Are Your Clinicians Texting PHI Securely? They Could Be.
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Report lists 10 biggest perils tied to health tech in 2013
    The ECRI Institute has issued a report detailing its list of the 10 key health technology hazards for 2013, including mismatches of patient records in health IT systems as well as failed interoperability between HIT tools and medical devices. Given these potential risks, the report urges health groups to put a greater focus on HIT when planning safety efforts for next year. Health Data Management (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HIT use in drug adherence efforts could bend health care cost curve
    The adoption of health IT to boost medication adherence could help reduce global medical care spending by around $500 billion, according to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The rising use of health information makes this the right time for recommendations that call for using IT to help educate patients at the point of prescription, reduce errors and prevent antibiotic resistance, said Murray Aitken, the IMS Institute's executive director. Healthcare IT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Healthcare revolves around data and reporting, so building a connected community is a no-brainer.
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  Management & Operation 
  • Health system efficiency may improve with data exchange rules
    A set of ACA-mandated operating rules created by the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange helped health care providers attain a 10% to 12% reduction in eligibility-related claim denials and a 24% growth in electronic eligibility verifications. HHS has also adopted the CAQH CORE electronic funds transfer and electronic remittance advice operating rules in an interim final rule to ease the provider payment delivery process. Executive Insight (10/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Partnership aims to turn supercomputer into useful clinical tool
    The Cleveland Clinic has partnered with IBM to make the company's Watson supercomputer a helpful tool for solving clinical problems by loading medical information from the clinic into the supercomputer and then leveraging the massive volumes that it can store. Watson -- which gained fame on the TV show "Jeopardy!" -- will also be useful for students at the clinic's Lerner College of Medicine by searching the latest studies and recommending different hypotheses for possible diagnoses and treatments. Modern Healthcare (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
A Guide to Healthcare IT Disaster Recovery
Prepare for and mitigate unforeseen events in your datacenter. Read how it's done at Adventist Health Systems. Inside: Steps to Deliver Highly Available Patient Care, Uncover Disaster Recovery Myths and Realities, Top 10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices, A Quick-Start Guide to Disaster Recovery, Disaster Recovery 101 - The Basics. Download now.
  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • Premier calls device ID rule the "missing link" to patient safety
    The FDA's proposal to create a unique device identifier system to electronically track medical technologies has earned support from the Premier Healthcare Alliance, which said it will enhance adverse event reporting and make product recalls faster and more accurate. The move also could save the industry about $16 billion a year due to increased efficiencies, the group said in a comment letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Healthcare Informatics online (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS' e-submission system is used to transmit 5.5% of records
    The CMS has released a report stating the agency's Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation System has been used in the transmission of 5.5% of health records requested by federal contractors probing improper Medicare payments last year. The system boosts efficiency and lessens costs because electronic searching is easier than looking at paper records, supporters say. The number of records transmitted will increase in the coming fiscal year, CMS predicts. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Meet the new face of myCHIME - Monday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. EST
    CHIME has issued a website upgrade, redesigned and fully integrated with a brand-new membership database that will enable us to better serve you. Join CHIME members Gary Barnes and Donna Roach to learn about the new features and how best to use the system. CHIME Members and Affiliates only - register now (login required). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME 20th anniversary special offer: 20% new member discount
    To celebrate 20 years of serving health care CIOs, CHIME is offering all new members who join between July 15 and Dec. 1 a 20% discount off their first-year membership dues. CHIME membership is open to CIOs and senior IT leaders at health care-related organizations, regardless of the number of beds or size of IT staff. Join CHIME. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sponsored Poll 
  • As part of your EMR adoption initiatives, are you planning for ongoing clinical IT systems support for physicians?
    Check out the results of this poll in next month's CHIME SmartBrief Best of 2012 report.
Yes, well positioned with existing IT help desk and staff
Yes, currently exploring clinical help desk options
Maybe, but a clinical help desk is probably too costly
No, a clinical help desk is not a priority at this time

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