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February 14, 2013
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  • HIMSS asks feds to stay the course on ICD-10 implementation
    HIMSS has called on the federal government to keep the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for ICD-10 implementation. The transition to ICD-10 has been carefully examined, and the industry should forge ahead "to realize the significant advantages of health care transformation," the group wrote in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Healthcare IT News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on keeping the ICD-10 start date
    Considerable heavy lifting is on the path between now and Oct. 1, 2014: the ICD-10 implementation date. I have 52 applications to convert. Some are obviously more mission-critical than others, and some vendors are more prepared than others, as documented by a recent KLAS report.

    Our transition, like many others, has morphed into a major clinical documentation improvement effort as well. This entails extensive physician education along with adoption of our EHR vendor’s latest documentation software and emerging tools for computer-assisted coding. The risks are obvious, yet the HIMSS recommendation is right on target. ICD-10 will facilitate more accurate, consistent billing and subsequent analysis. Proceeding on schedule will avoid the rework that would result from another implementation delay.

    Our real challenge is the confluence of the numerous components of health reform: ICD-10, ACOs, HIE, insurance exchanges and meaningful use. It has been great to hear some voices of reason recently. The HIT Standards Committee, recognizing the immaturity of existing standards, has suggested that stage 3 requirements focus on specific reasonable use cases. At the Jan. 29 joint Policy-Standards Committee hearing, the policy vice chair acknowledged that patient identification must be seen as a priority. Just this week, John Glaser, in a Hospitals & Health Networks online article, pressed the case for a delay in stage 2 itself. With the currently low stage 1 attestation by eligible hospitals and providers, low HIE penetration and immature standards in general, Dr. Glaser makes a good case.

    ICD-10 is one of those essential standards. Delay would only result in greater complexity later on, after we have introduced even more clinical applications that would have to be converted. Delay would further hinder innovation impacted by the many competing initiatives. HIMSS has it right. Let’s stay the course. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • EHR systems need to be usable, federal officials say
    EHRs need to be usable, benefit doctors and work within the health care facility's systems so as not to waste the investment made on these technologies, officials with the ONC and National Institute of Standards and Technology said at a recent conference. Meaningful use certification and keeping the provider end-user in mind when designing EHRs are some ways to achieve EHR usability, they said. Healthcare IT News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Spotlight  
  • Social networking tools could aid in HIV prevention, study finds
    Social networking tools including Facebook show promise in helping prevent HIV infection among people who belong to at-risk groups, according to a study in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. "This study helps direct us toward that goal by suggesting that participants will use social media to learn about HIV prevention and that those who talk about HIV prevention over social networking groups are not just talking about it — they are acting on their words by getting an HIV test," said researcher Sean Young. Healthcare Informatics online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • HIEs pay little attention to workforce needs, study finds
    A study by AHIMA and HIMSS finds health information exchanges place a great emphasis on governance but little focus on staffing demands. Of the 35 HIE groups surveyed, 86% had 25 people or less on staff, while only 9% had a staff of at least 51 people. "Deployment and effective use of information technology is complex, challenging work requiring skilled staff," HIMSS official Carla Smith said. Healthcare Informatics online (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey ties staff usage of cloud services to groups' tech adoption
    A survey sponsored by IT services provider CDW and conducted by O'Keeffe & Co. found that employees' personal use of cloud computing tools and services boosted the decisions of organizations to implement the technology. The results of the survey also showed that 26% of responding health IT staff use the cloud for computing power, while 29% leverage it for collaboration and conferencing. Health Data Management (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • AHRQ offers up to $250K in grants for stage 3 MU studies
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will award grants of as much as $250,000 in support of research designed to assess the implementation of proposed stage 3 meaningful use objectives among health care providers and facilities. The deadline for submission of applications is March 28. Health Data Management (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS program aims to expand e-health access for patients
    A new HHS initiative aims to expand patients' access to EHRs, mobile health applications and devices, and secure electronic messaging between patients and providers, according to an article published in the journal Health Affairs. "Engaged patients ... are more likely than others to participate in preventive and healthy practices, self-manage their conditions and achieve better outcomes," National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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
  • Visit the CHIME booth at HIMSS13 - collaborator booth No. 1
    Want to learn more about making the most of your CHIME membership? Stop by the CHIME booth during HIMSS13 to learn more about the Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO) Program, CHIME’s public policy positions and the Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. The CHIME booth is located in the collaborator booth section in Lobby G - outside the exhibit hall floor entrance. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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