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October 17, 2013
CHiME Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report
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The CHIME 13 Fall CIO Forum
Health care and technology are changing constantly, and chief information officers must keep up with those changes. At the CHIME 13 Fall CIO Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., which took place Oct. 8 to 11, chief information officers learned about new regulations, emerging technologies and health care leadership strategies from health care and IT experts as well as government officials. This second installment of the two-part CHIME Healthcare CIO SmartBrief Special Report highlights what took place at this year's Fall CIO Forum.
EHRs and MU 
  • Mostashari says stage 2 MU timeline not likely to change
    Health IT executives should lead the way in using available technology to drive real transformation in care delivery, former National HIT Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari said during the 2013 CHIME Fall CIO Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz. During a question-and-answer session with CHIME CEO Russell Branzell, Mostashari explained that a timetable change for stage 2 meaningful use would be difficult to implement and urged HIT leaders to look into certain hardship exceptions for failure to meet the deadlines rather than pushing for timetable relaxations to resolve industry concerns. Healthcare Informatics online (10/9) Email this Story
  • CIOs examine the challenges of patient matching
    Biometrics, such as the palm vein matching system being used at Texas Health Resources, has potential as a way to accomplish patient matching, said a panel of experts at the CHIME Fall Forum, but the approach is not yet widely used. The experts noted that vendors have a role in resolving patient matching issues, as does the federal government, which one panelist said should establish “rules of the road for everybody.” Panelist Bill Spooner of Sharp HealthCare in San Diego said it is most important to achieve accuracy in your own community and hoped there would be some good pilots for health care groups to use as a resource. Healthcare Informatics online (10/10) Email this Story
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The Role of IT in Patient Care 
  • Organizations must weigh multiple factors before joining ACO
    Allegiance Health in Jackson County, Mich., considered participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program to improve its bottom line, but decided it couldn't make the investment needed, said Chief Information Officer Richard Warren, who presented his organization's case study during the Fall CIO Forum. Allegiance tapped outside consultants to study how prepared it was and discovered that while it had the right software in place and had the same EHR systems as local physician practices, providers were not coordinated across the continuum. Allegiance hopes to join the program in two years. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/11) Email this Story
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Patient Data Privacy & Security 
  • Experts: Get a plan in place before a data breach happens
    More than 650 health care providers have experienced security breaches involving 500 or more patient records, affecting more than 22.5 million patients, says health care IT consultant Steven Bennett. The chances are good that a provider organization will experience a breach, he said, and the best way to be ready is to have a crisis plan in place, communicate honestly and effectively with patients and the media, and keep hospital personnel informed, said a panel of experts talking about data breach preparedness at the CHIME Fall Forum. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/9) Email this Story
At the Fall Forum 

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