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January 24, 2013
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  • Bill Spooner comments on the new privacy rule
    I haven’t read the 500+ pages of the final privacy and security rule, but I’m thankful that many others are diving into it and its many possible ramifications. Depending on the component and one’s perspective, it will be viewed positively or otherwise. Any commentary relating to patient privacy has to occur in view of protecting the patient’s most personal information while delivering the best possible care.

    One privacy advocate has lauded the rule as establishing expected behavior for all providers, not just those working toward meaningful use -- although I’m not sure that meaningful use is voluntary given the 2015 payment penalties and exclusions from accountable care programs for those without certified EHRs. We providers will be pleased with clarification that the rules do apply to business associates as to ourselves. The rule should incent more providers to perform routine information security assessments, which one survey recently reported is far from universally the case. Breaches continue to be in the news almost weekly, and there are still many unencrypted laptops in use.

    The provision addressed in this article underscores the importance of our education and advocacy work, and it appears we could have been more effective on the topic. The ARRA provision allowing the patient to prohibit sharing treatment information with a health plan that didn’t pay for the services makes absolute sense. As with so many things, the devil is in the details, however, and most of today’s systems lack the ability to quarantine such information. Professionals with almost any tenure in IT know that the road from vision and proof-of-concept to hardened, integrated software with relevant workflow changes and widespread adoption is long, and many potholes are found along the way. I prefer not to fill them with paper charts and hand-written prescriptions.

    We will add this to our already healthy project lists for the year. On CHIME’s staff, our public policy team regularly briefs our membership on these important nuances in regulations, so that we can respond with real-world comments to agencies. The details of this HIPAA regulation show just how vital that work is to our success in delivering effective IT in our organizations. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • CIOs to confront increasing role of digital tech in 2013
    Digital technology is becoming a dominant force in the development of next-generation business models, but enterprises have yet to realize more than half of its full potential, according to a 41-nation survey of more than 2,000 executives. The poll, conducted by Gartner, reveals an emerging dual leadership model in which chief information officers will be challenged to expand IT's strategic business role by applying mobile, Big Data, cloud and other technologies amid stagnant or shrinking budgets. eWeek (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Spotlight  
  • MHealth market drew $907M in VC investments last year
    After a strong first six months in 2012, venture capitalists pulled back on their mobile health investments in the final two quarters of the year, according to Mobile Health Market News, which pegged total 2012 spending at $907.7 million. There was a 6% decline in the fourth quarter, compared with the previous three months. Health IT accounted for the greatest share of investments followed by health care monitoring. Healthcare IT News (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doctor-patient relationship may improve with digital communication
    A Televox report showed 85% of Americans regard digital forms of communication such as e-mail and text messages as being at least as useful as conversations with health professionals in person or over the telephone. Researchers also found 51% of those who had received text messages, voice mails or e-mails from their providers said they felt more valued as a patient. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • Technology helps N.C. hospital tie hemodynamic data to EHRs
    Rex Hospital in North Carolina has adopted Merge Healthcare's Merge Hemo system to automate and integrate its cardiac catheter records into patients' EHRs. The platform promotes workflow efficiency by compiling patients' hemodynamic data on a single online screen and allowing doctors and technicians to view and update information remotely. Health Tech Zone (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  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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    Get your hands dirty at CHIME’s Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. During this intensive 3 ½ day program, attendees learn the seven success factors from a faculty of health care CIO thought leaders. Join Program Director Tim Zoph, FCHIME, at the next Healthcare CIO Boot Camp, scheduled to be held April 13-16 in Chicago. Register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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