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February 20, 2014
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The CHIME 2014 CIO Forum
The CHIME 2014 CIO Forum, being held in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 22 and 23, will give CIOs the knowledge and tools they need to lead their organizations' health IT efforts through a time of technological advances, tight budgets and competing federal health IT initiatives. Sessions on leadership, innovation, organizational transformation and the value of health IT will help attendees put "Leadership in Action" in their organizations.
Leadership 
  • Survey looks at the most in-demand HIT skills
    A Dice Holdings survey found that the shortage of qualified IT employees caused about one-third of provider groups surveyed to delay a major IT project and boosted the salary expectations of people with the skills in demand by health care groups. Big Data analytics, enterprise resource planning and data warehousing are some of the most in-demand skills in the industry. According to Dice, Big Data analytics professionals receive an average annual salary of $106,542, while enterprise resource planning specialists earn $102,757. BeckersHospitalReview.com (2/4) Email this Story
  • CMO: Interoperability is a patient-centered solution
    Interoperability among health care providers' EHRs can save time, money and lives, and patients are asking for it, says West Health Institute Chief Medical and Science Officer Dr. Joseph Smith in this interview. Providers should be asking their vendors to create interoperable solutions, but regulators could step in if the process is too slow, he says. "When you put the patient in the center, no one can argue against that," Smith says. FierceHealthIT (2/12) Email this Story
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Innovation 
  • U.S. telehealth adoption is on the rise, report says
    A new report in Health Affairs reveals that about 42% of hospitals nationwide are using telehealth platforms for patient care, a trend driven by factors such as broader reimbursement rules and hospital competition. The report notes that hospitals in Alaska have the highest rate of telehealth use at 75% and that rural hospitals have a substantially higher adoption rate than their urban counterparts. Healthcare IT News (2/4) Email this Story
  • CMS announces program to boost care access for rural patients
    The CMS has partnered with the Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy on an initiative that will increase rural residents' access to health care. The Frontier Community Health Integration Project aims to support critical access hospitals and help them improve the care they offer to Medicare beneficiaries by launching telehealth, ambulance and home health services. Hospitals are expected to use the program to reduce Medicare expenditures, boost services, enhance patient satisfaction and limit the number of patient transfers to larger providers. EHR Intelligence (2/4) Email this Story
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Value of Health IT 
  • Online patient data, Rx software are top physician info sources
    According to a Kantar Media survey, online patient medical records and online prescribing software topped the five most vital data sources among physicians. Physicians used online records more than 200 times annually, while colleague exposure was 172 times per year. The use of drug reference mobile applications rose to 142 exposures annually, while print prescription pads/paper use grew as well, researchers added. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (2/4) Email this Story
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Organizational Transformation 
  • Successful ACOs look beyond EHRs and HIEs to coordinate care
    When health care providers form accountable care organizations, they have health IT needs beyond EHRs and health information exchange, says Hackensack University Medical Center's chief information officer, Shafiq Rab. When his organization created the Hackensack Alliance ACO by partnering with local physicians groups, Rab found that there were gaps among the different systems and services, and he looked to active care coordination management software to fill the gaps. The Hackensack Alliance ACO achieved $10 million in shared savings in its first year of operation. InformationWeek (2/11) Email this Story
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At the CIO Forum 
  • Keynoter Chip Heath shares insights from his new book Decisive
    For health care organizations to not only thrive but also survive, it is critical that senior IT executives make smart choices: decisions that are devoid of powerful biases and wishful thinking. With decades of psychological research that explains why our rational minds are frequently tripped up by powerful biases and wishful thinking, Chip Heath offers four simple principles, illustrated through relevant and influential case studies, which are easily adaptable and applicable to the transformative world of health IT. Learn more about CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum opening keynote speaker Chip Heath. Email this Story
  • CIO Forum welcomes strong lineup of speakers on health IT and innovation
    In addition to opening keynote speaker Chip Heath, CHIME and HIMSS welcome several thought-leading speakers ready to equip attendees with key insights crucial for directing organizations through 2014. The morning keynote speaker, Saum Sutaria, M.D., director, healthcare systems and services, McKinsey and Company, will share his thoughts on "Accelerating the Value and Innovation in Health IT." This will be followed by a dialogue on national health IT initiatives between Jacob Reider, M.D., chief medical officer, Office of the National Coordinator; and Rob Tagalicod, director, Office of eHealth Standards and Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and moderated by CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. The program will close with Allison Massari and her talk, "Nurturing Organizational Transformation: Leadership Lessons with a Personalized Perspective." Learn more. Email this Story
  

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