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December 13, 2012
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  • 5 key priorities for health IT next year
    Computerized physician order entry systems have been shown to have the potential to boost care quality and reduce costs, but few hospitals have gotten on board with the technology. This article recommends making CPOE use a top priority next year, along with enhancing data security, upgrading EHRs, implementing clinical decision support and hiring more IT workers. InformationWeek (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on pressing issues for 2013
    We do become reflective at this time of year. What am I thankful for? What do I want for the holidays? What are my New Year’s resolutions? As it relates to my work, I am most thankful for the opportunities brought to me to do good things through the initiatives that were approved and funded this past year. I will resolve to accomplish even more in the year upcoming. My resolutions collectively reflect what I perceive as the most pressing issues. This article offers five well worth consideration: the EHR, CPOE, decision support, IT talent and security/privacy.

    The impact of the security of patient information became worldwide news this past week, with a tragic ending. While not IT-related, an information leak concerning the pregnancy of Princess Kate resulted in the apparent suicide of one of the nurses involved, and those headlines reverberated around the world. The tragic events in London serve as a vivid reminder of our privacy training and talent management. Privacy training should cover social engineering – manipulating people into divulging confidential information. The training by itself may not be enough, so compensating controls can be devised. Some hospitals issue unique numbers or other tokens associated with individual patients to ensure that only those holding the identifier are given protected information.

    In addition to a training program and required annual refreshers, the privacy culture must be supportive. Employees must know that leadership supports them when they resist requests to bypass the rules. In those rare occurrences when the most well-intentioned employee just "messes up," leadership in a just culture environment will console, not punish, the employee who brought the unintentional harm.

    Experience may be the best teacher. Sometimes the lessons hurt! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • CIO shares views on transitioning to an accountable care model
    The move to the accountable care model highlights the need for an organization to strengthen its ability to manage, safeguard, define and ensure the quality of data, writes Children's Hospital Colorado CIO Mary Anne Leach. Health information exchanges, medical image exchanges and other tools to promote care coordination will be crucial, she notes. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More evidence on value of mHealth is needed, NIH official says
    The lack of clinical studies linking the use of mobile health solutions or services to better outcomes is preventing industry acceptance of the technology, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said during the recent 2012 mHealth Summit. To prove that mHealth is enhancing patient care, Collins recommended building an EMR-based national research network that connects the scientific community to a database of real-time information. Government Health IT online (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Spotlight  
  • Report finds slow pace of health care apps adoption
    The adoption of health care applications still lags, despite the contributions of devices such as smartphones to patients' care, according to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report found obstacles include consumers' low awareness about apps and the need for further innovation in creating apps. Healthcare IT News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Data from EHRs hold promise for diabetes detection, classification
    EHR data show promise in finding and classifying more diabetes cases, compared with ICD-9 claim codes alone, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers found that all of the subjects with type 1 diabetes were identified with the use of an optimized algorithm, which integrated the ratio of type 1 and 2 codes with recommended prescriptions as well as autoantibody and plasma C-peptide levels data. News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online tool helps Utah health system measure patient satisfaction
    University of Utah Health Care is using a Web-based tool for patients to rate their satisfaction with their doctors by answering nine questions. "It’s clear patients and consumers making health care decisions want online access to trusted reviews from their peers. The ratings give visitors a powerful tool to make informed decisions about our physicians and providers," said Dr. Thomas Miller, the system's chief medical officer. Healthcare Informatics online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • GAO urges better use of Medicare prepayment edits
    Medicare savings might have been better for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 if CMS had used its prepayment edits more for closer examination of patient claims, according to a Government Accountability Office report. The report recommends CMS take steps to boost its use of edits, such as promoting more data sharing on effective edits and examining the feasibility of raising incentives for edit implementation. Healthcare IT News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ATA moves to push telehealth in state legislatures
    The American Telemedicine Association has collaborated with three minority legislative groups in an effort to inform lawmakers about telemedicine and move a model for state-level telehealth legislation forward. "We're using the outcomes evidence and lessons learned from these cases to show all state governments how telemedicine can improve the quality of health care, increase access, and reduce costs," ATA CEO Jonathan Linkous said. Healthcare Informatics online (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Registration is open for the 2013 CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum
    Join colleagues and thought leaders for an intensive day of education, collaboration and networking on Sunday, March 3, at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton Hotel. The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 2, at 6 p.m. Get more information on the CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum, including registration and hotel information. Only CHIME members are eligible to attend. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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