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November 29, 2012
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  • Health care law will drive HIE market growth, report says
    The HIE market is poised for significant growth in the next 18 to 24 months, driven in large part by renewed confidence about the Affordable Care Act, according to a Frost & Sullivan report. The report also cited stage 2 meaningful use criteria and the increasing need for care delivered beyond the physician office as other factors behind potential growth. Healthcare Informatics online (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill Spooner comments on the growth of HIEs
    While I’d rather not view the slow but steady progress in terms of market opportunity, HIE will represent both challenge and opportunity for the foreseeable future. Information exchange will be stimulated both by the meaningful use requirements and the collaborative needs of accountable care. Fortunately, there is a great deal of good work under way to address the challenges and seize the opportunities.

    The CHIME StateNet forum is a great way to share issues and best practices within our individual states. CHIME staffer Jeff Smith stands ready to facilitate the formation of state collaboratives – talk with Jeff if you haven’t engaged in your state. Other organizations doing really great work include the national eHealth Collaborative (NeHC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). NeHC has initiated a variety of efforts including a Learning Network to struggle with financial models for sustainability and a well-constructed patient engagement framework conceiving a five-stage adoption model. The BPC has led collaboration and worked with CHIME and others to gain support for efforts toward improved patient identification.

    Frost & Sullivan see an 18-24 month period of HIE growth. While meaningful use itself justifies those projections, the challenges around HIE adoption will persist for a number of years. The great work described above represents gradual progress, not breakthroughs. The additional challenges of privacy, patient consent and governance remain for solution through collaboration at several levels – local, state and national. This is a marathon, not a sprint. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • 3 keys to maintaining HIPAA security with cloud computing
    Health groups tend to push off cloud computing, despite the technology's potential to improve efficiencies, because of HIPAA compliance issues. This article outlines three ways to leverage the technology while ensuring HIPAA compliance: knowing the rule's provisions, understanding the cloud provider's role, and researching what your business needs in order to find a vendor with HIPAA compliance experience. Government Health IT online (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Personalized medicine hinges on health IT, experts say
    Information technology may lead to faster development of personalized medicine, experts say, which could improve outcomes and reduce the use of ineffective treatments. Data show 53% of hepatitis C patients, for example, do not respond to treatment, but personalized medicine could better match people with complex diseases to therapies that work based on their genetic and disease profiles. American Medical News (free content) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data breach at Ark. hospital affects about 1,500 patients
    A data breach at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences affected about 1,500 patients, the school announced. The breach occurred when a physician held on to patient lists and notes after being fired and then revealed those records in a wrongful termination lawsuit against the hospital. Compromised information included patients' names, birth dates, diagnoses, health record numbers and laboratory results. Healthcare Informatics online (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • More doctors e-prescribe using EHRs, report finds
    A report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT found that 48% of physicians in the U.S. were e-prescribing using EHR systems as of June 2012, compared with 7% in December 2008. Pharmacy participation in e-prescribing and higher rates of doctors who satisfy meaningful use objectives contributed to the increase, according to the report. (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research explores barriers to ACO development
    Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey who are developing an accountable care organization have reported on a three-part approach to establishment and identified six major barriers that affect the process. The issues include conceptual, cultural, regulatory and financial barriers, researchers wrote in Health Affairs. News (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • ONC accepts comments on proposed stage 3 MU criteria
    Comments on the CMS draft recommendations for stage 3 meaningful use objectives for the EHR incentive program may be submitted until Jan. 14, according to the ONC. Health care groups and providers may give input on objectives for meaningful use, quality metrics and privacy and security measures. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA streamlines medical device guidance with new website
    How the FDA publishes and asks for feedback on the guidance documents crafted by the Center for Devices & Radiological Health will be simplified thanks to the agency's new medical device guidance website. Industry stakeholders can use the website to post suggestions, recommend draft language and submit input on which topics to prioritize for guidance next year. (Boston) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CHIME News 
  • Join the conversation on StateNet: What are providers doing about patient data matching?
    Patient data matching is just one of the many health care IT topics of discussion on CHIME StateNet. StateNet is a 50-state (and the District of Columbia) network of stakeholders created for the purposes of gathering and communicating relevant in-state health IT developments. The mission of StateNet is to foster statewide coalitions charged with advancing and standardizing the adoption of health information technology and health information exchange. Join the conversation today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CHIME case study series: Bedside medication verification
    CHIME recently launched a case study series titled "When IT Matters: Improving Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes through Technology." Read the first in the series, "Changing the Culture: One Hospital's Journey to Improve Care Delivery with Bedside Medication Verification," which chronicles the adoption of an electronic bar-coding system that verifies medication delivery at Cook Children's Health Care System under the leadership of Senior Vice President and CIO Theresa Meadows. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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